Hours of Instructions: 3-Day
Course Prerequisite: None
This hands-on course is an introduction to injection molding for anyone who wants to know how pellets are transformed into the plastic parts we use every day. Students will learn what happens in a molding plant, from opening a new package of material all the way through packaging the final product. Every student will have the opportunity to run an injection molding machine and see the effects of changing machine controls.
By the end of Day 1, students will be able to:
Name the 4 plastic variables
Describe the flow of pellet through a processing plant
Identify the 3 components of the injection molding machine and understand their functions
By the end of Day 2, students will be able to:
Predict how machine controls affect the 4 plastic variables and part quality
Understand why not all polymers can be processed the same way
Explain why the “heat history” of a material affects its processability
By the end of Day 3, students will be able to:
Use the Scientific Method to solve problems
Test machine performance indicators such as linearity and check ring function
Find the root cause of defects such as air bubbles, voids and sink marks
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