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SIMTECH™ INJECTION MOLDING CHALLENGE 2019 – APRIL CHALLENGE 


Welcome to Paulson Training Programs April SimTech™Injection Molding Challenge, part of a series of monthly challenges testing your knowledge of injection molding using the world’s most advanced injection molding simulator – SimTech™.

The Challenge? Make a defect-free part, within specifications, with the fastest cycle time per the instructions of each month’s specific challenge scenario. It’s FREE! Plus, rack up winning points each month to be eligible for the Grand Prize of $3,000 worth of training from Paulson and earn a spot on Paulson’s Challenge leaderboard!

APRIL CHALLENGE INSTRUCTIONS:

SCENARIO – For this challenge, you are molding a square cover which is 6.500” x 6.500” plus or minus 0.005″.  The plastic you are using is Polystyrene on a 300 ton machine. Your part has flash, burnmarks, and is out of dimension. The standard (quoted) cycle time for this job is 14 seconds. The part tolerance for this job is  ±.005.

The mold maker for this part made a mistake. The cavity length was made 0.005″ oversized. In the molding plant, the molder knew how to set the molding conditions that compensated for the error. He was able to mold this part to within 6.500″ and 6.505″. Can you?

CHALLENGE – You must solve the part problems and then improve the cycle. Try to get the highest efficiency score you can. But remember, you do not get a score unless all the part problems are solved.

BONUS – A 2% bonus will be added to your score if the melt temperature is within 2 degrees fahrenheit of the front zone barrel temperature.

GET STARTED

  1. Log into your Simtech account by clicking this link.
  2. Click Login or Register (if 1st time in Simtech)
  3. Click on “Run Challenges”
  4. Choose “April Challenge 2019” and click on “Run”
  5. Click the “Cycle” button to begin. 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. Also note, part problem bars, will be in red, and are located on the right side of the computer screen.

Watch for details for next month’s challenge!

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 be REVEALED!

Get on the list now to have the latest challenge releases sent to your inbox, then submit your answers to each challenge.

Throughout the challenges, participants will be added to the Challenge Leaderboard posted here.

View the Challenge Leaderboard by clicking on the #1 badge6

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
LDM Technologies, Inc.

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Florida Production Engineering

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 have the ability to earn points. At the end of six months, the person with the most points earned will be eligible to win the Grand Prize of $3,000 worth of online training from Paulson.

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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