About this event
This event is the third installment in our four-part series on the prevention of product failure. This series focuses on ensuring robust product performance and preventing failure at each step in the product development process.
This webinar will focus on discussions designer and manufacturers need to have when transitioning a plastic product from design/idea to manufacturing/prototyping to ensure design intent is maintained. Significant time and money are invested in optimizing a product design and the material selection to achieve the desired performance or aesthetics. However, design modifications required for tooling or manufacturing are often left as an afterthought, and the decision to make the changes or not can influence the moldability of the component. In addition to draft, undercuts, and wall thickness distribution, conversations about parting line selection and gate location and selection need to be had.
In this event, two of The Madison Group’s experts, Erik Foltz and Tom Hansen will discuss how design decisions will influence the overall part and mold cost, and in the end the overall manufacturability of the part. Using the electronic enclosures as examples key assembly and part design features will be analyzed to highlight how those design features influence the overall mold construction, and what concessions likely were made by the designer. Through the conversation they will also present methods to proactively address some of these design changes, and how a collaborative effort can help provide viable solutions to achieve the original part design intent. The goal for this webinar is to convey the importance of design and manufacturing in ensuring product robustness and avoiding product failure.
Tom received his B.S. in Manufacturing and Plastics Engineering from UW– Stout, and his M.S. in Engineering Management from UW– Platteville. His work concentrates on using CAE tools and industry experience to assist clients in optimizing and troubleshooting their plastic components and assemblies.
Erik Foltz is a Certified Professional Moldflow® Consultant. He received his M.S. from the Polymer Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His specialties include plastic part design verification, process optimization and troubleshooting for injection and compression molding, and plastics failure. He has experience with thermoplastic, thermoset, elastomeric, and composite materials.
The Madison Group has been a recognized global leader providing consulting services, technical expertise and innovative technology to the plastics industry since 1993. We solve plastic problems and find economic solutions that help drive product development to yield higher quality parts.
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