National Hands-On Thermoforming Workshops

Heavy-Gauge/Cut-Sheet Thermoforming Workshop

Topics include advances in raw materials and sheet extrusion; heating and cooling the sheet; and forming, trimming, and handling the part. Advanced session on raw materials; reheological properties; specialty sheet; part, mold, and plug-assist design; heating technology; advanced forming techniques; trimming technology, assembly methods; and diagnostic tools. Hands-on sessions include thermoforming process techniques and troubleshooting, materials testing, and sheet extrusion basics. Jay Waddell and special guest speakers to be announced. PLEASE WAIT TO BOOK YOUR FLIGHT UNTIL YOU RECEIVE CONFIRMATION THAT MINIMUM ENROLLMENT HAS BEEN MET. You can receive a $100 discount if you are a SPE Thermoforming Division Member (you can join 4SPE.org and use code PCW-15 for $99 rate rather than $144). SPE Membership must be for the person registering and note in comments section when registering for class (e-mail needed for confirmation).

There are currently no classes scheduled for this course. Please check back at a later time or contact WDCE to see when the course will be offered again.

Thin-Gauge/Roll-Fed Thermoforming Workshop

START DATE & TIME:

  • Tues., June 23, 8:30 a.m.

Topics include advances in raw materials and sheet extrusion; heating and cooling the sheet; and forming, trimming, and downstream handling of the part. Advanced session on raw materials; rheological properties; specialty sheet; part, mold, and plug-assist design; heating technology; and diagnostic tools. Hands-on sessions include thermoforming process techniques and troubleshooting, materials testing; and sheet extrusion basics. Mark Strchan and special guest speakers to be announced. Please wait to book flight until you receive confirmation that minimum enrollment has been met. You may receive a $100 discount by being a SPE Thermoforming Division Member (join 4SPE.org and use code PCW-15 for $99 rate rather than $144). SPE Thermoforoming Division Membership must be for the person registering and note in comments section when registering for class (e-mail needed to confirm membership).

50% instruction, 50% hands-on (program brochure)

  • Plastic Materials for Thermoforming
    • Basic definitions of plastic materials
    • How plastics are made and the effect on material characteristics
    • Molecular characteristics and the importance of understanding them
    • Structures and the effect on material properties
    • A simple, but necessary, overview of chemistry
    • What are material properties, and what do you need to know about them
      • material test methods - the good, the bad, the worthless
      • significance to thermoformers
    • What thermoformers have to know about sheet extrusion
    • Definitions and the process
    • Equipment and how it impacts your sheet
    • Process variables and the effects on extruded sheet problems
    • Writing sheet specifications - tips, clues, and pitfalls
      • what you need to tell the extruder
    • Getting sheet quality you want every time
  • Thermoforming Techniques – Basic, fundamental aspects of thick- and thin-gauge thermoforming:
    • Thin-gauge plastic sheet feeding methods pin-chains, nip-roll, etc.
    • Thick-gauge plastic sheet feeding methods clamp frames
    • Heating the sheet, hardware, and important set-up conditions
    • Heating the roll-fed sheet
    • Heating the sheet-fed sheet
    • Heated sheet measuring devices
    • Basic thermoforming processes and techniques
    • "Blur" between sheet-fed and roll-fed forming techniques
  • Advanced Forming Techniques – Techniques that help ensure consistent quality and save you money:
    • Pre-stretching techniques pre-blow/draw, vacuum bleed
    • Techniques for superior part definition high pressure forming, coining, and match metal
  • Trimming 101 – Basic, fundamental aspects of trimming the formed part:
    • Basic thick-gauge and thin-gauge trimming techniques
    • Cutting tools band saw, knives, drilling, router, etc.
    • Thick-gauge part holding fixtures
  • Advanced Trimming, Assembly, and Stacking – Thick- and thin-gauge trimming techniques and cost saving considerations:
    • Floating knives
    • CNC, robotic, ultrasonic, laser
    • Heated knives and anvils
    • Thick-gauge part assembly methods
    • Match metal trim
  • Final Wrap-Up and Questions to Thermoforming Expert Panel A panel of experts will answer your questions

Workshop Instructors

Mark Strachan Mark Strachan
President of Global Thermoforming Technologies Inc.

Jay Waddell Jay Waddell
Founding Partner and Key Management Principal of Plastic Concepts & Innovations, LLC

Pennsylvania College of Technology
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Williamsport, PA 17701

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800-367-9222

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