The Mold Design development course provides students with a solid understanding of the five main systems of a mold: melt delivery system, cooling system, structural system, venting system and ejection system. The content provides a foundation of the systems and how they affect the formation of the plastic part and its associate part quality.

Course Highlights:

  • Lab: Mold tear down and assembly
  • 2-Plate versus 3-plate mold bases
  • In-mold pressure drop and its variables
  • Lab: reading mold prints
  • Cooling cart demonstration
  • Series versus parallel mold cooling
  • Strategies for optimizing mold cooling designs
  • How to verify turbulent flow in cooling lines
  • Baffles and bubblers
  • Structural considerations in plate deflection
  • Core/cavity alignment and pocketing techniques
  • Ejection strategies for forming undercuts
  • Types of hot and cold runner systems
  • Runner sizing methods
  • Gate design and location strategies
  • Cold slug well purpose and design
  • Venting details and strategies

This course is designed to provide students with a solid working knowledge of mold design and manufacturing. The course begins with a brief introduction to plastics and injection molding. The remainder of the course is spent breaking down the mold into the five systems and discussing strategies for each one that have a direct impact on part quality. Students will also learn how to identify common mold components and systems on mold prints. Students will also learn questions to ask during a mold design review process and strategies to employ when troubleshooting a mold. The course also provides an active learning session where students will disassemble and reassemble a mold in our injection molding lab.



There may be grant funding available to help you pay for our Development Courses. Learn more.

Date Location Price Quantity View Cart
Feb 20 - 21, 2019 Erie, Pennsylvania $1,300.00 (USD)
May 22 - 23, 2019 Charlotte, North Carolina $1,575.00 (USD)
Jun 26 - 27, 2019 Erie, Pennsylvania $1,300.00 (USD)
Oct 02 - 03, 2019 Erie, Pennsylvania $1,300.00 (USD)



Erie, PA:

AIM Institute’s headquarters
6100 West Ridge Road
Erie, PA 16506

Charlotte, NC:

Polymers Center
8900 Research Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262


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