• Do you want a better understanding of plastic materials, their properties, and their relationship to the mold design, injection molding process, and the finished part?

    Plastic Materials is designed to give you a solid foundation for understanding polymer families, their corresponding material properties, plastic rheology, and shrink and warp characteristics.

    Attendees will learn critical thought processes that help distinguish between the various root causes shrink and warp.



    What Will I Learn?

    We will begin with a discussion on creating polymers from monomers, followed by the importance of molecular weight to your part’s performance and processing characteristics.

    Then, we dive into topics including drying, additives, viscosity, and rheology (study of plastic flow).
    Attendees will learn what makes some polymers amorphous and others semi-crystalline, and how those classifications affect material properties, processing, mold design, and part design.

    Finally, the course will take a deep dive into understanding and recognizing volumetric vs. orientation-induced shrinkage, and how each causes plastic parts to warp.

    Attendees will take away practical strategies for reducing warp by evaluating options in material selection, mold design, processing, and part design.


    How Long Is the Course?

    The Online Plastic Materials Development Course is four days long. Each day is from 1:00-5:00pm EST.


    Who Should Attend Plastic Materials?

    This course is for anyone looking to gain a better understanding of polymer families, material properties, and shrink and warp characteristics.

    How Much Is it?

    The registration fee is $1,300 and includes course materials for all four days.

    This course includes a printed binder of the course content that will be mailed directly to each student within the continental U.S. Books will typically ship within one to two business days after payment has been received. However, due to the nature of shipments at the present time, we can not guarantee all books will arrive prior to the class especially if a student registers fewer than seven days from the course start date. If that is the case, students may need to supply their shipping account information to cover the expedited shipping costs. For all students outside the continental U.S., we will either need your shipping account information or pay the additional shipping charge of $200 for each shipment. 


    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 Plastic Materials 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:

    • Polymerization methods
    • Understanding Tg and Tm
    • Differences between amorphous and semi-crystalline materials
    • Molecular weight and its effect on material properties
    • Drying nuances and proper measurement of moisture
    • Crystallinity and its effect on material properties
    • Plastic flow characteristics
    • Viscosity’s role on process and part quality
    • Videos of plastic flowing through molds
    • Various industry myths uncovered
    • Melt Flow Index versus in-mold viscosity
    • Classifications of plastic shrinkage
    • Root causes of warp
    • Strategies for predicting warp
    • Breakout session for troubleshooting warped parts

    Available Course Dates

    Date Location Price Quantity View Cart
    Apr 26 - 29, 2021 Online, Anywhere $1,300.00 (USD)

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