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GAME ON! The 2022 SimTech Injection Molding Monthly Challenges Are in Play.

New this year! Bring the Fun to Your Plant. Encourage a friendly in-plant competition, and every month, we’ll spotlight the winning company (you must have three or more players from the same company in order to win and earn a score). BONUS! Each participating company will have a chance to become the TOP MOLDING COMPANY of 2022 at the end of the year.

Current Molding Champ: Alexandru Crai of OMS Besser Group is the current SIMTECH™ INJECTION MOLDING CHAMPION! Congratulations Alexandru! Well done. He’s the one to beat for 2022.


What Are the Challenges?

Each month competitors are tasked with molding a defect-free part, within specifications, with the fastest cycle time using Paulson’s online virtual injection molding machine, SimTech™.  Learn more here.

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THE NOVEMBER SimTech Injection Molding CHALLENGE is CLOSED! Watch for details on the December challenge, and final one for 2022, coming soon.

NEW! Check out the new SimTech Champions Leaderboard. See if you can make it on the NEW SimTech Champions Leaderboard where consistent First Place winners compete against each other and new participants have a chance to achieve a top spot on the main leaderboard.

Open:  December xx, 2022
Closes: December xx, 2022 
Difficulty: Average-Difficulty
“Efficiency Scoring” 


November’s challenge had you molding a Cover out of Polystyrene (PS) using a 300-ton molding machine equipped with a screw designed for general purpose (GP). The part is considered to have a “average” nominal wall section, and PS is an amorphous material. You can find the part wall thickness within the challenge on the “Setup” tab. Wall thickness will have a great effect on the overall cycle time.

This challenge starts a little different than other challenges have started. There are no part problems or alarms, all 3 best practices have been met, and you actually have an efficiency score. This is a classic example of “the process has been setup and it’s good enough”.  But can we make it better? 

Our molding experts have achieved a cycle time of less than 11.47 seconds. Can you beat the 11.47 second cycle? The lowest overall cycle producing the highest efficiency score wins! 

Additional Conditions

  • The minimum Melt Temperature of 379°F (192.8°C) is allowed for Polypropylene (PP).
  • The minimum Mold Temperature allowed is 60°F (15.6°C).
  • The standard (quoted) cycle time for this job is 16.0 seconds.

NOTE: In order to receive a score, all of the following conditions must be met: 

  1. No part problems or alarms 
  2. Part must be molded with a precision tolerance on the length. (+/- 0.005 in.) 

 The following “Best Practices” must be met: 

  1. Mold Full at VPT must be 94% – 96% 
  2. Cushion Size must be less than 10% of the Screw Back Distance 
  3. Melt Temperature must be within ± 2°F of the Front Zone Temperature 

Clicking on the “History” button will give you valuable information on how well you are doing.

Get Started

  1. Log into your SimTech account at
  2. Click Login or Register (if 1st time in SimTech)
  3. Click on “Run Challenges”
  4. Choose “NOVEMBER Challenge 2022” and click on “Run”
  5. Click the “Cycle” button to begin to see the results of the present setup. Start to make controls changes, one at a time, and then click “Cycle”.

NOTE: Only make one control change at a time and then click the “Cycle” button to see the effects of that particular control change. This is the best practice to follow when making any control changes whether it be in SimTech or on an actual molding machine.

What's SimTech & How Do I Use It?

Throughout the challenges, participants will be added to the Challenge Leaderboard posted here. Plus! See if you can make it on the NEW SimTech Champions Leaderboard where consistent First Place winners compete against each other.

View the Challenge Leaderboard by clicking on the #1 badge below6

What molders have to say about Paulson Training products:

Very informative. You will understand how material affects molding!

Cynthia Miller

“Great, excellent, easy-to-use, interesting, challenging, engaging, organized, informative, helpful, solutions oriented, accurate, effective, flexible, confidence building and worthwhile.”

John W. Stebelton

“Paulson has built confidence, a sense of accomplishment & pride in our workers, something they can take to the floor and apply!”

Gene Shuret

Have fun testing your molding skills using Paulson’s most advanced injection molding simulator SimTech™ no other plastics simulator has the ability to process over 26 million molding simulated calculations. Good Luck! May the best molder win!

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SimTech™ Challenge FAQs 

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How does the Challenge work?

Each month, Paulson’s molding experts will devise a new molding problem for you to solve. For example, you will be challenged to mold a specific part without any defects and with the fastest cycle time. Once you’re in SimTech™, you will see the virtual control panel where you will be able to view the part, the plastic, and the machine specs in order to “mold” your part effectively. Bonus points are given, BUT if you need to access “hints,” points will be lost. Besides winning, the actual goal here is to learn.

Will I win anything?

Yes! Each month you’ll have a chance at winning a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd-place including eligibility to be crowned TOP INJECTION MOLDER! Plus, each participant can earn a spot on Paulson’s SimTech Challenge leaderboard. Paulson’s SimTech Challenges are ideal for in-plant competitions too. Gather your team together for a friendly internal competition all while gaining critical thinking and key troubleshooting skills. Get Ready! Who will be this year’s SimTech Injection Molding Champion?

What is SimTech?

SimTech™ is Paulson’s most advanced, proprietary, injection molding simulation tool. It’s a powerful online engine built on decades of complex mathematical equations of plastic and process analyses that combine both molding theories and practices. All together, SimTech™ has the outstanding capability to process some 20 million calculations per simulated cycle, and check all possible simulations against possible errors. No other injection molding simulation tool is more powerful!

How do I enter?

In order to participate in the monthly challenges, you MUST register by filling out the form. You will then receive email alerts when each challenge is released. Act now and be ready to take the challenge.

May the Best Molder Win!

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