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Lesson 2a: Runner Patterns, Part 1

Understanding cold runner patterns is an important aspect of mold design. The first step in designing a cold runner system is determining best gate placement. In the first part of this lesson we will learn about gate patterns and placement for cold runner systems.

The first part of this lesson covers the filling behavior for two runner systems with different types of gates and how the differences in gates sizes impact pressure spikes, pressures at fill, shear rates, and shear stress at fill.

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Mold Design Cold Runner Patterns Play Screen

Learn the basics of mold design and how various design elements impact a molded part. Build your own Circle of Knowledge lesson by lesson. 

Goals of Mold Design: Cold Runners (Level 1): 

  • Learn the basics of mold design and how various design elements impact a molded part
  • Learn how to optimize different runner systems to achieve high quality molded parts
  • Analyze real-life simulations and learn to determine optimal outcomes

Section Description: 

Cold runner systems are an important aspect of mold design. By optimizing cold runner shapes and sizes, important molding processes such as pressure drops, polymer shearing, packing and cooling behavior, gate sealing time, and overall cycle time can be made more efficient as well.

Explanations, simulations, cause and effect analyses, and the uses of various design features are covered in this section. Understanding these design features is important because they influence the moldability, function, appearance, and quality of a part.

Recommended For: Entry Level Personnel, All Personnel

Length: Lessons are approximately 15-20 minutes long each

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