- March 18, 2020
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
This course is an introduction to the process of plastics injection molding and is designed for technicians, process engineers, design engineers, quality auditors, supervisors, and design project managers. Choosing the right plastic for an application is often a daunting task. When one considers all the polymer families, the available fillers, reinforcements, modifiers, and the various manufactures there are literally thousands of grades to choose from.
This course helps the participant focus through an extensive discussion of the attributes of each of the major polymer families including the most common material properties and test methods used in the plastics industry. This course will help to de-mystify the resin suppliers Material Datasheets and give the student confidence in choosing the right material. The primary focus of this course is on injection molded applications although other processes are mentioned. The student will gain a working knowledge of the course objectives upon course completion.
- Why Use Plastic?
- Advantages and disadvantages of plastics
- Molecular Structure of plastics
- Thermoset Polymers
- Thermoplastic Polymers
- Understanding the Various Fillers and Additives
- Understanding a Material Data Sheet
- Understanding the various Test Methods and Results
Venue: Polymers Center Campus
The Polymers Center of Excellence is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization created by the state of North Carolina to increase knowledge, provide technical support, and assist in the development of emerging technologies in the plastics industry.
The Polymer Center was founded in 1972 when the State of North Carolina funded plastics specialists in the Industrial Extension Service program at UNCC. The center, located at that time on the UNCC campus, expanded in 1994 when a joint venture was entered into with NCSU to form PEP (Polymers Extension Program). By 1999, PEP moved off of the UNCC campus and became today’s Polymers Center of Excellence (PCE). In 2012, Polymers Technology Center (PTC) was added for small scale production. Since then, the Polymers Center has continued to impact economic development through education, research and development, and trial production.