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Torsten’s Training Tip: Sink Marks and Voids

Two common and related injection molding defects, sink marks and voids, are the result of excessive polymer material shrinkage. Because it is essential to produce high quality parts free of molding defects, understanding the causes in order to reduce or eliminate sink marks in molded parts can be very helpful. Let’s review some basics. A […]

Molding Defects Level 2 Press Release

  For Immediate Release Kruse Training launches Molding Defects Level 2 interactive training for injection molders, part and mold designers and process engineers NAPLES, Fla., September 15, 2020 – Kruse Training Inc., a leading developer of interactive online training programs for injection molders, part and mold designers, and process engineers, is introducing Molding Defects Level […]

Torsten’s Training Tip: Gate Seal Time

Gate seal time is an important aspect of the packing phase that needs to be understood to produce high quality molded parts.  Setting proper gate seal time plays a key role in packing parts. Properly packed parts will have even internal polymer molecular structure, fewer volumetric shrinkage differences, optimized part dimensions, and fewer sink marks […]

Torsten’s Training Tip: Thermal Pins

Designing thermally optimized molds becomes more challenging as part designs become more complex. There are various cooling design strategies, from using drilled coolant circuits or baffles and bubblers, to selecting mold steels or thermal pins (sometimes called heat pipes or heat tubes.) Thermal pins are a cooling strategy to optimize thermal behavior inside a mold. […]

Torsten’s Training Tip: Cashew Gates

Injection molded part quality is highly dependent on gate designs, sizes, and location. Because cashew gates, also called banana gates, can be placed in areas that are not visible, they are an option for molded parts that require perfect surface quality. Cashew gates, or banana gates, are sub-gates that are automatically de-gated and can be […]

Torsten’s Training Tip: Mold Steel Selection

Injection molds are designed and built to allow parts to be produced from various polymers and to be utilized for a variety of applications. A mold design team must possess the ability to evaluate and determine the optimal mold steel for each mold component to effectively produce high quality plastic parts. How do mold designers […]

Torsten’s Training Tip: Deformation Behavior and Reversing PVT Curves

Plastic part designers have an abundance of polymer materials to choose from, ranging from commodity to technical or engineered polymers. Selecting the optimal material for each design is key to a successful molding project. Polymer materials must be heated to their melt temperature ranges to be injection molded. Polymer strength, stiffness, and deformation behavior are […]

PRESS RELEASE: Mandarin Chinese Site Launch

Kruse Training Launches Mandarin Chinese Version of Online Training Program for Part/Mold Designers and Injection Molders  NAPLES, Fla., September 3, 2019 – Kruse Training Inc., a leading developer of interactive online training programs for part/mold designers and injection molders, has announced the launch of its Circle of Knowledge online program in Mandarin Simplified Chinese. The […]

Torsten’s Training Tips: Warpage Due to Fiber Orientation

Fiber orientation plays a significant role in the shrinkage and warpage of a molded part. Let’s look at why. Fiber -filled composite plastic materials will induce anisotropic mechanical properties. Fiber reinforced parts have directional mechanical properties that are stronger in the direction (or parallel) to the flow and weaker transverse (or perpendicular) to the flow. […]

Industry 4.0 Meets Learning 4.0

We don’t want to just revolutionize the training industry; we want “evolutionize” your way of learning. Everyone has heard the maxim “time is money” and nowhere is that truer than with training. Consider the time your employees are attending off-site or on-site training, away from their desks or the molding floor, and not productive in […]