Beaumont’s American Injection Molding (AIM) Institute is now offering Autodesk Moldflow Insight training online.
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Through the end of May, we will feature a weekly educational webinar – free and open to everyone.
Thermoplastics viscosities are described as having a pseudo-plastic non-Newtonian behavior. This type of behavior means that as you push the material at a faster rate, the polymer exhibits a reduction in viscosity. There are two critical factors that affect the viscosity of plastics: temperature and shear rate.
In our material characterization lab we measure viscosity utilizing two primary, capillary based systems: Autodesk Moldflow Injection Molding Rheometer (IMR) and Capillary Rheometer. (We will touch on Therma-flo™ separately in a later article.) Each piece of equipment and associated test method has its own benefits and drawbacks, but the IMR remains the preferred method for material characterization to simulate the injection molding process.
Beaumont’s simulation team now has another Expert-Certified engineer on its roster. Congratulations to Mike Hall for earning his certification last month.
The injection molding journey can be quite challenging as manufacturers try to navigate the perils of shear-induced heating and fill imbalances. Some companies are more well-prepared for this journey than others, and Quest Industries is at the forefront of knowing what resources they have at their disposal to achieve well-made plastic parts.
Sometimes, the costs you avoid can be more impactful than those you incur. This was the case for Plasti-Coil, a family owned injection molder in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, known for successfully molding tight tolerance and high-precision parts.
Beaumont’s American Injection Molding (AIM) Institute was recently recognized for its work in creating an exceptional state-registered apprenticeship program for Plastics Process Technicians in the injection molding industry.