Southern California Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers

Promoting the scientific and engineering knowledge pertaining to plastics.


Southern California SPE Scholarship “George Epstein Scholarship Award”

National SPE Scholarships Foundation Scholarship Programs

When: November 14th and 15th 2017  (Tue & Wed)

Where: Hampton Inn, 123 E. Carmel Street, San Marcos, California

Time: 8.30 AM to 4.00 PM on both days

Cost: $645 per person (Includes lunch and training material)


Plastics Theory and Practice / Plastics 101


Plastics Theory and Practice is an entry-level course designed to introduce participants to basic concepts and techniques used throughout the plastics industry. The course is suitable for individuals in plastics sales, purchasing, marketing, quality assurance, designers, engineers, and managers either entering the field of plastics or interested in broadening their knowledge of materials and processing techniques.


Topics Covered:

Plastics Industry Overview, History, Growth, Future

Polymer Chemistry Basics

Plastics Materials, Composites, Alloys, Elastomers

Polymer Structure Properties and Applications

Plastics Terminology

Plastics Tooling: Types of Molds, Gating, Runners, Cooling, Venting, Hot Runner Systems

Plastics Processes: Injection Molding, Extrusion, Blow Molding, etc.

Product Design Basics

Assembly and Secondary Operations

Material Selection Process

Decorating and Printing

Testing and Failure Analysis

Interpreting Data Sheets

Part Costing

Plastics Industry Standards

The Latest in Rapid Prototyping Technology

Plastics Identification

Plastics Recycling


Also, students will receive a variety of useful handouts showing How and Where to get more detailed information concerning a variety of plastics-related topics.


About Vishu Shah:

Vishu H. Shah is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Lowell with Bachelors and Masters Degree in Plastics Engineering. He is also an author of Handbook of Plastics Testing and Failure Analysis, SPE Sponsored book, Used as a textbook in many universities. An active member of SPE, his career spans more than 40 years in Plastics industry mostly having a responsibility as Plastics Engineer in charge of material, product and process development, Technical Services, Compounding operation and Test facilities. As a President and co-founder of a custom Injection Molding business for eighteen years, he was responsible for the entire manufacturing operation. As a Consultant and Expert Witness, he has worked extensively with companies throughout the world and with many Law firms in the area of failure analysis. He has conducted seminars and short courses on a variety of subjects for supervisors, engineers, purchasing, sales, and marketing personnel along with current Plastics Engineering Certificate program at Cal-Poly Pomona


Testimonials from past attendees:

•  Great course, very instructional. Love the PowerPoint notes

•  The instructor uses examples that are relevant to my industry/field

•  The overall explanation of the basics of Plastics was very clear and concise, explained in plain English without having to use big and sophisticated words to explain theory or function

•  The course's major strength was instructor's ability to relate to real life experience

•  Very Practical - I highly recommend to anyone new to plastics industry

•  Hand-outs are great; I refer to them on regular basis



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University of California – San Diego, Extension.

October 07 – November 18, 2017 (7 Saturdays)


(Course Code MAE-40033) Section ID 127494

Expanding Skills in Plastic Part Design for Injection Molding

Plastics have increased their penetration of engineering applications that push the limits of part design,

molding techniques and processing ranges. Plastic parts, often complex and large, are calling for better

quality control and dimensional tolerances. Resin families and compositional variations have proliferated.

Growth in the plastics industry has led to a constant influx of new people from other technologies who

need to begin developing skills in the field of engineering plastics. People working in the industry need a

good working knowledge of plastic part design.


Who Should Attend?

The course is primarily for designers, engineers, and technicians directly involved with making parts out

of plastics. However, those in related activities ranging from management, purchasing, and quality control

can benefit from the course by developing a better appreciation and understanding of the process of

designing a plastic product.


Course Content

• Process of product design

• Fundamentals of plastics. Strength of materials, non linear considerations

• Materials selection in product design

• Molding and tooling considerations in part design

• General principles of part design. Short term loads, long term stress exposure

• Creep and relaxation in part design. Understanding safety factors in design.

• Dimensional analysis in part design

• Assembly techniques: design of snap-fit, press-fit, fasteners, ultrasonic, vibration welding, heat

 staking, adhesive bonding.

• Prototyping


Time/Dates: Saturdays, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM, October 07 – November 18, 2017 (7 mtgs)

Location: UC San Diego Extension. University City Center. UCC-114

Contact: or Helen Montgomery:


Instructor: Tuan Dao, MSME. Consultant, Polymer Engineering Group, Inc. Formerly with DuPont Co.,

Engineering Polymers, has 30+ years experience in part design, mold design and molding techniques.



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