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June 9th, 2018

Manufacturing Week Long Comprehensive Workshop

Soldiworks adding machine

Manufacturing Week Long Comprehensive Workshop

Course Duration: 40 hours

Tuition: $2,500 USD

Overview: The course combines Design Engine’s Die Cast Part Design Course, Plastics Part Design Course, and Forging Part Design Course into this 40-hour one-week intensive. Refer to those specific web pages for precise course material. This class is not for Creo or Solidworks beginners. This course is an advanced modeling workshop that is administered with respect to manufacturing processes, it also covers modeling techniques that will ensure your production success and manufacturing process. Plastics, Forgings & die casting. Training material for this one-week intensive has been designed to provide a working knowledge of both the molding and forming industry and includes more than half of the hours utilizing modeling techniques in Creo or Solidworks. This course does not cover the actual writing of CNC code for numeric controls or sheet metal, as those topics are covered in separate Design Engine courses. 

Prerequisites: Significant knowledge of Creo, SolidWorks  or another parametric 3D CAD modeler for your experience in the course is imperative.

Onsite Training: This and all Design-Engine courses are offered onsite at your facility. Call to speak to an account manager to arrange a class at 312.226.8339 today.

Similar Courses: Forging Part Design, Plastics Part Design, Die Cast Part DesignSheetmetal Part Design, Mold Base Design for Plastic Injection.

Die Cast Part Design

Die Casting Short List Of Topics:

  • The process, die cast molds, tooling, processing factors, nominal walls, radii & draft angles, ribs, weldlines, stress, cooling metals, bosses, and undercuts.
  • Snap fit, FEA, design recommendations, and overview of flow mold analysis software.

Short List Of Die Cast Discussions:

  • Discuss cooling time as related to thick sections of aluminum. Discuss internal voids and fundamentals of other problems that occur from improper piece part design.
  • Discuss using parametric modelers in general and discuss examples where using variables with a parametric modeler can prevent problems in the future complete with in class examples,

Creo or Solidworks Specific:

  • Discuss Draft in its many forms complete with examples of Split, Draft, etc.
  • Learn to use surfacing and discuss it’s usefulness with die cast part design.
  • Learn to use top down design with examples in Creo or Solidworks.
  • Add Draft to parts that currently have no Draft.

There is a great deal of HTML course material students take back with them from this workshop. For complete list of the Die Cast Part Design course material, see the Design Engine Die Cast Part Design Class page.

Click To View Die Cast Part Design Images:

created using Creo this Aluminum die cast part is for closet storage

created using Creo this Aluminum die cast part is for closet storage

Zinc die cast part

Zinc die cast part complete with it’s fan gate

Plastic Part Design

Plastic Part Design Short List Of Topics:

  • Product development and prototype.
  • Mold Filling, gating and weld lines.
  • Mechanical behavior of polymers.
  • Shrinkage, warpage and part ejection.

Plastics Discussions:

  • Discuss basic design elements in plastic part design. Holes, ribs, thin wall features, bosses, nominal walls, and fill.
  • Discuss general rules for hollow boss design and discuss best practices. Learn about thin steel or thin blade areas and discuss ways to avoid these scenarios.
  • Designing undercuts and discuss advantages and disadvantages as relative to costs.
  • General disclaimers on drawings such as “brake all sharp corners”. In this exercise participants will add Draft and prepare any number of parts for the plastic injection molding process.

Solidworks or Creo Specific:

  • Light surfacing and its use with plastic part design.
  • Discuss top down design with examples.
  • Adding Draft to parts that currently have no Draft.
  • Discuss making parts moldable that others created.
  • Tips, tricks, and techniques for starting and completing plastic parts using Creo or Solidworks.

For complete list of the Plastic Part Design course material, see the Design Engine Plastics Class page.

Click To View Plastic Part Design Images:

Solidworks Chrome bag buckle

all plastic Solidworks Chrome bag branded buckle

Medela Surfaced model with a complex plastic injection pull

Medela Surfaced model with a complex plastic injection pull

Forging Part Design

Forging Part Design Short List Of Topics:

  • Overview of the forging process complete with tooling and outside machining operations.
  • Forging process by which metal is heated and shaped by plastic deformation by suitably applying compression force.
  • Discuss the progression of a forging process.
  • Open Die Drop hammer forging.

Forging Discussions:

  • Discuss alloys with respect forging.
  • Compare cold forging to hot forging and warm forging.
  • In-detail steps of the forging process.
  • Discuss strengths and weakness of outsourcing.

Forging Short List Of Tutorials:

  • Motorcycle brake Lever
  • Pivot bracket
  • Harley rod
  • Motorcycle kickstand

For complete list of the Forging Part Design course material, see the Design Engine Forging Part Design Class page.


This plastic part, forging, and die cast part course is intended to be used with your favorite constraint based modeling system, and making changes utilizing the latest release of Creo or Solidworks. This training course is developed for new and seasoned users alike and for those users who want to become proficient in piece manufacturing parts in just one week. We help you learn not read to you from an exercise or a book. In this course we help design engineers learn how to make changes quickly to set them up for becoming expert faster. As with all Design-Engine classes, participants keep the training material login and password for life

Click To View Forging Part Design Images:

Forged Kickstart

Aluminum Forged Kickstart lever


Solidworks training class

Harley Davidson Connecting Rod created for Design-engine’s Solidworks forging class

Video Training Delivery System:

Ask your Design Engine account manager about the Design-Engine Video Training Delivery System or TDS for short. We have prepared this entire class in an easy to follow guide for designers and engineers who may want this TDS as a supplement to this course. Call today to speak to an account manager about the details at 312.226.8339

*Please note that prices listed on this page are based upon pre-payment prior to the start of the class and does not include the Design-engine Video training Delivery System. The TDS is available as an additional cost to this course. Call for details 312.226.8339

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As the main instructor for Design-engine Bart teaches many of the PTC Creo & the Solidworks Surfacing classes. When he is not developing new training material you will find him on motorcycles, bicycles or on a skateboard. He loves any kind of racing on two wheels.

Design Engine Industrial Design Training Pro Engineer


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One Comment

  1. Jen

    is it better to take the full week of plastics or the full week of manufacturing design?

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