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+Plastic Part Design workshop

.: a Symposium for Product Designers
and Mechanical Engineers :.

Course Duration: 16 hour workshop
(This two day class is offered each month so check the design engine class schedule for exact dates.)

Tuition: $1000.00 US

Overview: The course material is designed to provide a working knowledge of the plastics industry thru intelligent discussions and lectures. The bulk of your time in this workshop will be spent on the part design requirements imposed on the designer by the injection molding process.

Prerequisites: General knowledge of Pro/ENGINEER another 3dimensional CAD modeler helpful but not necessary.

Call to ask for a proposal to sign up your company into a week long on-site cumulative workshop that encompasses all three manufacturing processes classes design engine offeres. In this way participants can master and leverage advanced modeling techniques with specific manufacturing processes that makes for lighter, stronger parts with confidence. These classes can be offered anytime requiring only two to make a class in our Chicago office. 312.226.8339

plastics design workshopsIn this exercise the participants will utilize shrinkwrap to create clamshell parts for packaging.

- The process, injection molds, vacuum formed, tooling, processing factors, Nominal Walls, Radii and draft angles, Ribs, Weldlines, stress, cooling plastics, bosses, undercuts,
- Discuss use of Snap fit, FEA, Design recommendations, flow mold analysis software.
- Learn to Design injection molded undercuts
- Learn about various plastics and their material characteristics
- Engineers will learn to utilize tooling and injection molders as a resource to design better parts.
- Learn about the metal mold itself and many of its intricacies such as sleeve ejection, how it is cooled, sprue and runner, ejector bars, ejector plats, and ejector pins.

plasitcs design classes

- History of plastics
- How an injection mold functions in detail. Include mold fill short shots and cooling.
- How China plays a major role in injection molding. Discuss the quotation process for tooling and discuss partnering with local injection molders vs. outsourcing. Discuss strengths and weakness of outsourcing.
- Discuss basic design elements in plastic part design. Holes, ribs, thin wall features, bosses, nominal wall, and fill.
Discuss general rules for hollow boss design and discuss best practices. Learn about thin steel or thin blade areas and discuss ways to avoid.
Discuss gating and discuss problems such as fill vent and eject issues as related to. Also discuss how to design in solutions to would be cosmetic problems.
- Glass filled and co-injection process and discuss problems associated. Discuss ways to add structural integrity to glass filled parts by aligning glass filler.
Discuss sink marks and discuss how to avoid using relations in parametric software
- Cooling time as related to thick sections of plastic. Discuss internal voids and fundamentals of other problems that occur from improper piece part design.
- Using parametric modelers in general and discuss examples where using variables with a parametric modeler can save problems in the future with examples in your favorite parametric modeler.
- Discuss FEA and stress associated with plastic piece part design with respect to FEA. Keeping in mind the deliverable for FEA is simply to make design recommendations discuss the possible solutions to many of the common molding problems. Keep in mind shrink, stress from sharp corners as related to cavity filling.
- List plastic vendors and discuss their role and how designers can leverage their experience.
Discuss the Society of Plastics engineers and their significance in the industry
- Discuss tooling and different materials for mold design. Discuss from a machining point of view and compare to cutting graphite for electrode burning of steel.
- How to improve flow of the plastic through the mold and discuss Flow Molding analysis software
- Designing undercuts and discuss advantages and disadvantages as relative to costs
- General disclaimers on drawings such as "brake all sharp corners".
- Different types of undercuts and side pull options (can be customized if prearranged with CAD manager of your various company)
- Discuss what challenges (flow, cooling, ejection, handling, maintenance) a mold designer faces when designing a mold and briefly describe in detail using your favorite parametric software an example for creating the cavity and splitting apart the mold base
- Draft as related to surface texture kits. Discuss how to call out textures on your favorite drawing program with examples.
- List 10 different plastics discuss their material characteristics
- Learn about relativly new plastics processes such as gas assist.

plastic design workshopco-injected Santoprine with polycarabonate buttons, lightpipe and brass PEM inserts

Discussions with respect to Pro/ENGINEER:
- Draft in it's many forms complete with examples of split draft etc.
- Light use surfacing and its use with plastic part design.
Discuss top down design with examples.
- Adding draft to parts that currently have no draft.
Discuss making parts moldable that others created.
- Tips tricks and techniques for starting and completing plastic parts using Pro/ENGINEER.
- Learn to use parameters to drive geometry relative to nominal wall thickness.
- B-Side geometry creation techniques including PEM inserts, bosses and ribs.
- Utilize Draft check correctly

Participants will be able to leverage password protected HTML training materials for later use after this workshop.

plastic part designThese Pro/E parts do not currently have draft on them. In this exercises the participants will are required to add draft onto these parts making each part moldable. In the end participants will utilize draft check to make sure of moldability.

plastics and Pro/EIn this exercises the participants will be required to utilize top down design to locate hole locations for bosses and buttons making the assembly easy to modify. Move a hole location and the boss and hole both move in all parts together.

- Compare plastic injection process to die casting

plastics and Pro/EIn this exercises the participants will modify a curves and surfacing model so there is a positive pull with respect to a specific pull direction. Currently this model is not moldable with a single pull mold.

plastics and Pro/EAfter discussing live hinges in some detail participants in this course will look at suggestions for specific materials and modify or create a live hinge that will meet spec sheets supplied.