Are you looking for introductory plastics training?

If you are new to the plastic injection molding industry, or are searching for a comprehensive overview of the injection molding process, this course is for you.

Plastics Training

Our course may be titled “Plastics 101” but the information included goes beyond plastics basics to provide course attendees with a solid foundation of the plastic injection molding industry.

Attendees will learn the language of the industry and improve their ability to communicate across the entire spectrum of plastic part development: from part design through injection molding.

Attendees will be given an overview of the four key disciplines of the injection molding process: plastic materials, mold design, injection molding, and part design. In addition, we introduce the practical use of mold filling simulation.

Plastics 101 also includes two hands-on labs.



What Will I Learn?

Plastics 101 begins with an overview of the different types of plastic materials and their common uses. Discussions will cover plastic material characteristics, shrink and warp, and viscosity.

The course will then review the fundamentals of mold design and the five key systems of a mold. Attendees will participate in a hands-on mold disassembly and reassembly lab.

Next, students will explore injection molding machines and various methods used to develop a molding process. Common injection molding defects and their root causes are included in this conversation. Students will also participate in an injection molding process development lab.

The course concludes with a discussion on foundational part design guidelines and an overview of mold filling simulation, including its benefits, drawbacks, and practical applications.


How Long Is the Course?

At AIM: 2 full days (8am-5pm daily)


Who Should Attend Plastics 101?

This is an ideal course for anyone looking to gain a well-rounded view of the injection molding industry overall, including: new hires, non-plastics engineers entering into the plastics industry, or non-technical personnel such as sales, marketing, and finance.


How Much Is It?

The cost for Plastics 101, including all course materials and daily breakfast + lunch, is $1,300.


How Do I Register?

Review the course dates in the table below, and click on the Purchase button to begin the registration process.

*Please note that Plastics 101 is presented in English only. Students should be fluent in understanding, reading, and writing English in order to attend.


Is There a Course Outline?

Yes! Here is a detailed list of topics that will be covered:

• Common industry terms and equations
• Plastics history
• Plastic materials & classifications
• Material shrinkage
• Plastic flow
• Mold design
• Lab 1: mold tear-down and build
• Injection molding processing
• Common process terminology
• Common part defects and root causes
• Lab 2: process development
• Part design
• Mold filling simulation

Available Course Dates

**Due to COVID-19, capacity for all in-person courses has been reduced. As such, payment for all in-person courses must be received prior to the start of the course.

Date Location Price Quantity View Cart
Mar 08 - 09, 2022 Erie, Pennsylvania $1,300.00 (USD)
Jul 19 - 20, 2022 Erie, Pennsylvania $1,300.00 (USD)
Nov 29 - 30, 2022 Erie, Pennsylvania $1,300.00 (USD)

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