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Advanced Mold Flow Simulation

Course# Date Time Location

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Cost: $1,400 USD
CEU's: 1.6
Instructor: Mr. Rob Hickman

Course Overview

  1. Introduction to Plastics – Overview with Simulation in Mind
  2. Reasoning behind Simulating Plastics – Knowing what matters
  3. Industry Leading Injection Molding Analysis Software
    1. Moldflow Insight software
    2. Moldex3D Professional software
    3. Sigma soft
    4. Others (i.e. Advisers, Solid works Plastics, etc.)
  4. Differences between a Standard and Advanced Analysis
    1. Principles
    2. Goals / Objectives
    3. Analysis Preparation
    4. Solution / Solve Characteristics
    5. Interpreting Results Accurately
    6. Leveraging Manufacturing based Experience (knowing fact from fiction)

Instructor Biography:

hickman-webMr. Hickman is a graduate Mechanical Engineer with over 30 years of polymer engineering experience in the field. In addition, Robert has received advanced Polymer Engineering training from various institutions including the University of Akron (one of the top 10 polymer engineering universities in the nation). His education further includes certifications in marketing from Cleveland State University, I.T. certifications from Edison Community College, Mold flow Corporation, Coretech Systems, CTRL Systems, AC Technologies, Ohio CAE Services, University of Akron Polymer Training Center, and the Solidworks Corporation.

Robert has significant hands-on experience with productivity programs, product design, concurrent development and optimization, finite element analysis, various CAD/CAM/CAE softwares and Lean/Six Sigma principles (Green Belt) in the manufacturing sector.

A significant portion of Mr. Hickman’s experience in the polymer industry was obtained on the manufacturing floor, directing a problem-solving environment. In addition to his hands-on experience, Mr. Hickman has taught polymer related courses at the University of Akron (APTC), participated in several beta testing programs for well-known softwares such as I-deas (now NX), Solidworks, C-Mold and Moldex3D. For several years, Mr. Hickman served as the Global Plastic Simulation Special Interest Group Chairman for the I-deas user group known as ICCON and served on the board of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (Plastics Tooling Division).

Lab Exercises

  1. Importing Geometry / Model Clean up
  2. Setting meshing size (making good choices on size and how it affects results)
  3. Runner layouts (types, procedures, pros/cons)
  4. Cooling layouts (types, procedures, pros/cons)
  5. Analysis set up (experienced based settings, software suggestions and tricks for good results)
  6. Solving
  7. Post Processing and Result Interpretation (filling, packing, cooling, webpage, fiber, various other types)
    1. Being successful using experience
    2. Detailed discussions of what results are really telling you
  8. Graduation
  9. Certificates / Awards
  10. Wrap-up & Dismiss


If you have any questions or need more information about this course, please contact:

Penelope Pinkston


Online Registration


Registration Form

Registration information: Registration shall remain open until posted as closed on the course listing on this site.

Registrations must be guaranteed by check, a purchase order number or a credit card, otherwise the registration will not be processed. Checks should be made payable to "The Akron Polymer Technology Services Training Center" and must include a copy of your completed registration form. Course fees are due before attending.

All registrations—whether by online, phone, fax or mail—will be confirmed and considered binding and subject to all cancellation policies. If you do not receive a confirmation prior to the class, please call The Akron Polymer Technology Services Training Center to verify your registration.

Course fee includes classroom instruction, instructional materials, parking permits, continental breakfast, lunch, beverages and refreshment breaks. Travel and hotel accommodations are not included.


Visit our registration webpage to view our cancellation/withdrawal policy.