Overview This 2-day course assumes no prior knowledge and is suitable for those new to the subject. The course would also benefit those who wish to extend their existing knowledge of plastic product design or who are working in a polymer product design related area.
Participants will learn how to design a basic polymer product from first principals, construct a product design specification and undertake quality appraisal of new products.
Upon completion of the course the delegate will be able to:
• Construct a basic polymer product design specification • Design a basic polymer product from first principles • Understand the influence of polymer processing upon product design and final properties • Understand the influence of specific polymer properties upon product design • Undertake basic quality appraisal of new polymer products • Differentiate between a polymer processing, tool design or product design defect
Introduction to Polymers .. Comparison with Traditional Materials Basic Review of polymer property ranges comparing with traditional materials including metals, ceramics etc.
Influence of Polymeric materials on Product Design Specific polymer properties / product design solutions
Influence of Processing method on Product Design Review of processing methods and their influence on design including: Thermoforming Extrusion Blow Moulding (Extrusion and injection) Compression moulding and DST technologies Injection Moulding
Product Property based Design Required property and resultant design features
Rapid Manufacturing Techniques Covering prototyping, short run manufacture, and rapid tooling techniques. How to choose the right method.