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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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Torsten’s Training Tips: Understanding Shrinkage and Warpage Behaviors

Minimizing volumetric shrinkages and reducing part warpage are important considerations when designing injection molded parts. By understanding the interaction of part and mold designs, polymer material, and the molding process, preventative measures can be designed into the molding system to minimize shrinkage and warpage. Polymer materials naturally expand when they are heated and shrink as […]

Torsten’s Training Tips: PVT

The Pressure-Volume-Temperature (or PVT) relationship of different materials is a calculation of the compressibility of material during the packing and cooling phase. Since this affects a parts’ shrinkage and warpage after ejection, having a clear understanding of PVT is essential for success. Polymer material shrinkage inside a mold must be compensated for with packing and […]

Torsten’s Training Tips: Packing Pressure Profiles (Amorphous and Semi-Crystalline Materials)

One of the key steps in the injection molding process is the packing and holding phase, sometimes also referred to as the compensation phase. During the packing phase material is continuously “packed” into a cavity, thereby compensating for the shrinkage that occurs due to material cooling inside the mold. To optimize a packing profile, it […]

Torsten’s Training Tips: Nozzle Tip Designs

Molding high quality parts is dependent on many factors, including skillful part and mold design, an understanding of polymer material behavior, and an optimized process. The three common nozzle tip designs found in the injection molding industry are general purpose, reverse taper, and free flow. Nozzle tip design and size will impact mold filling, process […]

New Processing Lessons: Cooling and Packing

We are excited to announce our latest lessons in the Processing category. There are six brand new lessons focused on the Cooling and Packing phase. These lessons continue to build on our foundational level of injection molding training. Filling Phase Lessons Include: Lesson 1 – Packing Pressure Profiles: Amorphous Materials This lesson reviews the internal […]