In Molding 3, students will dive deeper into the “pillar knowledge” will provide additional information and tools to deploy when faced with challenging molded parts. This course is taught over two separate weeks with seven weeks of online reviews in between with three of AIM’s instructors involved.
Students will begin with machine testing, data acquisition, and machine performance as they prepare to transfer a mold from one machine to another. During the first week, attendees will be tasked setting the Process Development methodology parameters based on knowledge and performance of the assigned machines.
The discussion progresses into a further build upon previous knowledge of data acquisition and how to deploy the equipment to evaluate and document the machine performance. Students will end the first week with a deeper look into Flow Grouping and a process transfer from one machine to another using the skills development from the week.
After the seven weeks of online reviews, week two begins with Moldflow Simulation with a lab in which students will be given simulation reports and taught how to deploy the results to enhance process development and assist with troubleshooting. AIM’s Moldflow to Moldfloor documentation will be utilized as attendees develop and document processes for those molds. The course instruction concludes with a transfer of those two molds to a different machine to further hone the skills being taught with process transfer techniques and addressing any potential issues with doing so.
The final two days are spent completing an exam to demonstrate the knowledge and skills learned throughout the course.
- Troubleshoot complex injection molding issues utilizing advanced knowledge of plastic materials, part design, mold design, and injection molding processing
- Demonstrate progressive and innovative critical thinking skills
- Incorporate mold filling simulation in process development, troubleshooting using a Fail Fast / Reduce Risk methodology, and facilitate beneficial Moldflow vs. Mold Floor communication
- Transfer molds to multiple machines
- Analyze current processes to identify potential issues and opportunities for process optimization
- Oversee the implementation of process corrections and improvements
- Apply advanced shrink and warp knowledge to better recognize and evaluate part and process issues
- Conduct machine testing and apply the results to process development methodology (machine capabilities, Delta P for setting injection pressure limit, etc…), assessing machine capabilities for process transfer, and understanding the impact of machine performance on the molded part
- Over 90 hours of education + training, including:
- 7 weeks of weekly, interactive online reviews
- 80+ on-site instructional hours
- All course materials, including:
- Course book
- Calculators, pens, pencils, etc…
- Daily breakfast and lunch
- Graduation package including your framed ANAB-Accredited Molding 3 Certificate and additional graduation gifts
All potential Molding 3 students begin by taking our Enrollment Evaluation. This evaluation measures current knowledge and skills directly related to the program and helps determine if the program is an ideal fit.
AIM’s Senior Processing Instructor, Jason Travitz, personally reviews the results of the evaluation with you and provides guidance for how you can best prepare for and be successful in the program.
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