Education & Training


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Schedule at-a-glance
A list of courses offered by NADCA in chronological order.

Course Descriptions
Brief, detailed descriptions of courses taught at NADCA and in-plant classes. Each description also contains information regarding textbooks, materials used and other.

Certification Program
A complete text featuring what steps are necessary to attain Certification from NADCA. Course electives and requirements are listed.

Instructors
Biographies and photographs of individuals who instruct NADCA's courses and in-plant conferences. An excellent introduction to the caliber of people NADCA utilizes for its education programs.

Local Courses
There are NADCA education and training chapters located throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Chapters are an extension of NADCA's education and training, and most offer selected NADCA national courses and programs locally . . . thus, expanding the technology transfer opportunities for every die caster. Chapters also offer a range of other technological and operational education programs specifically selected and tailored to the needs of die casters and suppliers in their chapter areas.

In-Plant Programs
All NADCA programs, courses and installations can be brought to the worksite for presentation. The cost in savings and scheduling advantages can be substantial!

In-House Programs
NADCA is now offering the "In-House Training Program for Operators and Technicians!" The In-House approach responds to the need of die casters to have control of the schedule, content and cost of training. It is a multi-module program that is highly cost-effective.

Change View
  • March 23 2017
    Die Casting Machine Set-up and Maintenance 03/23/2017 The third in the Mechanical Maintenance & Evaluation of Die Cast Machines series covers die casting machine set-up/start-up issues (balancing tie bar loads), maintenance of standard machine components (cylinders, pumps, and motors), and preventive maintenance of die casting machines. Add to Calendar
  • March 27 2017
    Mechanical Properties of Materials 03/27/2017 This course describes the various types of properties of metallic materials, especially those pertinent for good die material performance, and the crystal structure of metallic materials. Add to Calendar
  • March 28 2017
    Heat Treatment of Steel 03/28/2017 This course describes the microstructure of steel and the various heat treatment steps such as austenitizing, quenching, and tempering. Add to Calendar
  • March 29 2017
    Die Material Acceptance Criteria and Design & Operational Fa 03/29/2017 This course describes the various requirements for the acceptance of H13 die steel. In addition, design and operational factors that influence die life are discussed. Add to Calendar
  • March 30 2017
    New Die Steels and Surface Treatments 03/30/2017 This course describes the new die steels that have been added to the NADCA die steel acceptance criteria document and the various types of surface treatments that can be applied to die cavity surfaces for improved performance. Add to Calendar
  • April 3 2017
    Applied Coatings and Die Maintenance 04/03/2017 This course describes the various types of coatings that can be applied to the die cavity surface for improved performance. This webinar also coves care and maintenance procedures for dies. Add to Calendar
  • April 4 2017
    Engineering Die Casting Dies 1 04/04/2017 Description Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • April 5 2017
    Engineering Die Casting Dies 2 04/05/2017 Description Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • April 6 2017
    Engineering Die Casting Dies 3 04/06/2017 Description Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • April 10 2017
    Engineering Die Casting Dies 4 04/10/2017 Description Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • April 11 2017
    Engineering Die Casting Dies 5 04/11/2017 Description Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • April 12 2017
    Engineering Die Casting Dies 6 04/12/2017 Description Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • April 13 2017
    Engineering Die Casting Dies 7 04/13/2017 Description Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • April 14 2017
    Engineering Die Casting Dies 8 04/14/2017 Description Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • April 17 2017
    Engineering Die Casting Dies 9 04/17/2017 Description Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • April 18 2017
    Engineering Die Casting Dies 10 04/18/2017 Description Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • April 19 2017
    Minimizing Linear Dimensional Variations 04/19/2017 The factors that impact variation of linear dimensions for die castings will be described. Major influences include variations in die temperature and changes in the temperature the castings are ejected from the die. Add to Calendar
  • April 19 2017
    Electric Vehicle Growth & Impact on the Die Casting Industry 04/19/2017 The share of electric and hybrid vehicles is growing dramatically, not only in North America. As automotive is the largest market segment for die casting, and engine blocks, transmission cases and oil pans are the three most important components in this sector, we need to have a close look at what will happen to them during this “electrification of the automotive industry”. While EVs obviously have no engine or transmission, hybrid vehicles at least have them, although smaller than conventional vehicles. So we will see less transmissions and engines, and more smaller ones, which will reduce the tonnage of die casting shipments in North America. At the same time we see a much greater need for lightweighting in vehicles that require heavy batteries, so a lot more opportunities for high integrity die castings either in the body structure, chassis, brackets, housings, etc. including large high voltage/battery housings. Add to Calendar
  • April 20 2017
    Minimizing Cross-Parting Line Dimensional Variations 04/20/2017 The factors that impact variation of linear dimensions for die castings will be described. Major influences include variations in die temperature and changes in the temperature the castings are ejected from the die. Add to Calendar
  • April 25 2017
    Minimizing Die Shift and Warpage 04/25/2017 Other factors that influence dimensional variation will be covered in the final webinar, including die shift and warpage. Add to Calendar
  • May 1 2017
    Safety and Alloys 05/01/2017 This course will address safety considerations in metal procurement, storage and handling, melting and holding furnace operations. Proper description and use of personal protective equipment (PPE). In addition this webinar cover, alloy designations, compositions, nomenclature. Primary and secondary metal classification, characteristics, and sourcing. Characteristics of aluminum, zinc, and magnesium die casting alloys. Add to Calendar
  • May 2 2017
    Alloying Elements and Furnaces 05/02/2017 This course will address alloying elements such as description and effects of specific alloying elements in aluminum die casting alloys. In addition it will cover furnace descriptions and comparisons of various types of furnaces employed principally in aluminum high pressure die casting for melting, holding, casting. Add to Calendar
  • May 3 2017
    Metal Handling, Treatment Method 05/03/2017 This course will address alloying elements such as description and effects of specific alloying elements in aluminum die casting alloys. In addition it will cover furnace descriptions and comparisons of various types of furnaces employed principally in aluminum high pressure die casting for melting, holding, casting. Add to Calendar
  • May 4 2017
    Metal Quality and Casting Defect 05/04/2017 This course will address metal quality and will describe various techniques to ascertain melt quality in the molten state, including K- mold, Reduced Pressure Test, PodFA and Prefil. In addition various sources and remedies of casting defects specifically associated with metal melting and handling—inclusions and porosity. Add to Calendar
  • May 9 2017
    Introduction To Product Design 05/09/2017 This initial coursein the series will provide an introduction and overview of the die casting process. Add to Calendar
  • May 10 2017
    The Die Casting Process 05/10/2017 This initial coursein the series will provide an introduction and overview of the die casting process. Add to Calendar
  • May 11 2017
    Defects in Die Castings 05/11/2017 Artifacts such as porosity are present in most die castings, but are only considered defects when they exceed pre-determined levels, or are present in the wrong location within the castings. The reasons for porosity generation in die castings will be reviewed, and methods that can be used by designers to minimize the impact of porosity on component performance will be examined. Add to Calendar
  • May 12 2017
    Die Casting Alloys 05/12/2017 Typically die castings are produced from four classes of alloys (aluminum alloys, zinc alloys, ZA alloys and magnesium alloys). The range of properties of each of these alloy classes will be presented. Add to Calendar
  • May 15 2017
    Optimization of Geometry for Die Casting 05/15/2017 The goal of geometry optimization is to transform the shape of components to attain a design that is readably die castable, while still meeting or improving product performance. Process steps necessary for component designers to obtain design optimization for die casting will be reviewed. Add to Calendar
  • May 16 2017
    Examples of Die Castings 05/16/2017 Examples of a wide range of die castings will be presented These will emphasize component designs that have been optimized for the die casting process. Castings produced by both conventional high pressure die casting, as well as high integrity die casting processes, will be examined. Add to Calendar
  • May 17 2017
    Secondary Processing of Die Castings 05/17/2017 This last course in the series will review the secondary processes used to finish die castings. Processes covered include trimming, surface finishing, machining, coating and heat treatment. Add to Calendar
  • May 18 2017
    Die Casting Process, Die, and Die Casting Machine 05/18/2017 This course will address both hot and cold chamber die casting processes and the termonolgy associated with die casting. The die casting process relies on a steel mold to hold the shape of the metal. In this section the components of the die will be reviewed. In addition, the die cast machine system will be explored. Add to Calendar
  • May 23 2017
    Closing the Die and Injecting the Metal 05/23/2017 This course will address the hydraulics and mechanisms used to close the die casting machine and keep it closed during injection. Once the machine is closed the shot end of the machine will inject the molten metal into the cavity. The systems for injecting the metal; along with the requirements will be discussed. Add to Calendar
  • May 24 2017
    Controls, Setup and SMED 05/24/2017 This course will address the controls for operating the die casting machine. It will also review the process for setting up the die and machine. In addition, the Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) process will be taught. Add to Calendar
  • May 25 2017
    Startup/Shutdown Procedures, and Normal Operation 05/25/2017 This course will address the general procedures for starting up and shutting down a die. It will also review what to do, and be aware of, to ensure the normal operation of the die continues. Add to Calendar
  • May 30 2017
    Eliminating Casting Defects 05/30/2017 This course will address the defects found in high pressure die casting and what can be done to eliminate these defects from an operator's point of view. Add to Calendar
  • May 31 2017
    Safety 05/31/2017 This course will address safety concerns for operators in die casting environments. Environmental hazards, PPE, and hazard communication will be reviewed. Add to Calendar