If you take part in and enjoy water sports, such as scuba diving, rafting or surfing, you may have heard of neoprene, especially when you are wearing a diving suit to participate in these activities. What exactly is Neoprene? Neoprene has been the main material for diving suits for decades, and this situation has continued to this day.
This leads to the title of our article and questions about what Neoprene is and how it is made. To answer this question comprehensively, we need to review how Neoprene was originally conceived, and emphasize that Neoprene has many uses in almost all industries.
You may think that Neoprene is a recent invention, but it has existed in one form or another for longer than jet engines, color TV and nylon. In fact, it was the product of the same company and the same person who invented nylon, but nylon first appeared in 1935 and Neoprene first appeared five years ago in 1930.
The inventor of Neoprene was a scientist named Wallace Carrasses who worked for DuPont. At that time, he was trying to produce a synthetic material with the same properties as rubber. Because the demand for natural rubber is so great, the demand for this material is also growing, and the price is becoming more and more expensive.
Dupont's first release of Neoprene (neoprene) was named "Duprene", and its early uses included telephone line insulation, automotive engine hoses and industrial gaskets. However, it performs well, and one of the main problems is that it emits a terrible odor.
From Duprey to Neoprene
DuPont and their scientists continue to develop this product, and by implementing a new production process, they can eliminate this terrible odor and substantially reduce manufacturing costs.
In 1937, DuPont renamed the material Neoprene (neoprene) and extended its use to more products, such as shoes and industrial belts. During World War II, all Neoprene production was requisitioned by the U.S. military because of the insufficient supply of rubber, and the recent synthetic alternative was a product made in Japan, which happened to be on the enemy's side.
How is Neoprene made?
One thing we want to clarify is that this article is not for chemistry lessons, but because Neoprene is a synthetic product, if the next few sentences contain more than 15 letters of words, we will apologize in advance.
The initial process for manufacturing Neoprene (chloroprene rubber) is to use petroleum and petroleum-based chemicals, which are converted into rubber-like fragments through the polymerization process, known as Neoprene (chloroprene rubber).
These chips are then melted and other components, such as foaming agents, are added to form Neoprene.