Presentation Title

CAE Test Mold

Location

Reed 330

Start Date

18-4-2017 3:50 PM

Description

CAE Services currently sells a product called the Mold-Vac. The Mold-Vac was designed to eliminate part quality problems caused by gas entrapment during plastic injection molding. The Mold-Vac is a portable vacuum/blowback venting machine that can be easily installed with most molds. CAE has no way to showcase and market the Mold-Vac due to all injection molds being opaque and the gas it removes being transparent. CAE needs to have a functioning, transparent test mold equipped with the Mold-Vac that expels a visible gas, representing the air inside the cavity of a mold being evacuated. Our proposal for solving this need is to design and have a transparent mold fabricated that is equipped with four main components. These components include an acrylic test mold, mold base, vapor injection system, and an auxiliary control panel for the PLC and HMI. To create a visible gas in the mold, a glycerol and water vapor mixture will be used. The enclosure for the base will contain the vapor injection system. The purpose of the HMI will be to display the pressure reading from a pressure transducer within the cavity of the mold. The fabrication of the test mold will be completed through a business partner of CAE. CAE has requested that the total budget of the project not exceed $5,000.

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Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joseph Schroeder

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Apr 18th, 3:50 PM

CAE Test Mold

Reed 330

CAE Services currently sells a product called the Mold-Vac. The Mold-Vac was designed to eliminate part quality problems caused by gas entrapment during plastic injection molding. The Mold-Vac is a portable vacuum/blowback venting machine that can be easily installed with most molds. CAE has no way to showcase and market the Mold-Vac due to all injection molds being opaque and the gas it removes being transparent. CAE needs to have a functioning, transparent test mold equipped with the Mold-Vac that expels a visible gas, representing the air inside the cavity of a mold being evacuated. Our proposal for solving this need is to design and have a transparent mold fabricated that is equipped with four main components. These components include an acrylic test mold, mold base, vapor injection system, and an auxiliary control panel for the PLC and HMI. To create a visible gas in the mold, a glycerol and water vapor mixture will be used. The enclosure for the base will contain the vapor injection system. The purpose of the HMI will be to display the pressure reading from a pressure transducer within the cavity of the mold. The fabrication of the test mold will be completed through a business partner of CAE. CAE has requested that the total budget of the project not exceed $5,000.