Check Out NADCA’s National Course Schedule


It's time to hit the books once again. A new round of National Courses starts this November. The following  courses will be held at our Headquarters in Arlington Heights, IL.

Problem Solving
November 16-17, 2022
This course is specifically designed for die casting by focusing on the interactive nature of the die casting process. The course teaches logical and statistical methods that do not require a strong mathematics background. Prerequisites for this course are a basic understanding of algebra and statistical concepts such as standard deviation and variation. The course includes concepts from the following sources: Dorian Shainin-Statistical Engineering; Ford Motor Co.-Team Oriented Problem Solving; Box, Hunter and Hunter-Statistics for Experimenters; General Motors Co.-Problem Solving Basics; and Taguchi-Design of Experiments. The course will enable improved, data-driven process decision making; promote statistical thinking in regard to process variation; develop an objective defect ranking system for a subjective defect; correlate the process to the defect without preconception.
This is a two day course.
Pricing: Corporate Member $600, Individual Member $690 and Non-member $810

Dimensional Repeatability
January 10, 2023
A one-day program devoted to identifying and understanding the significant variables in the die casting process that cause dimensional variation between castings. This course demonstrates the use of mathematical cause and effect relationships to predict specific results.
This is a one day course.
Pricing: Corporate Member $300, Individual Member $345 and Non-member $405

Engineering Die Casting Dies
January 11-12, 2023
The die casting die has four basic functions: 1. To hold the molten metal in the shape of the desired casting; 2. To provide means for the molten metal to get into the space where it is to be held in the desired shape; 3. To remove heat from the molten metal to solidify the metal; and 4. To provide for the removal of the solidified casting. The overall goal is to design a die that will produce high quality castings efficiently and that is based on sound economic principles.
This course is targeted to the die casting tool designer, engineer, toolmaker and others involved in the design, construction and use of die casting dies. The course offers an understanding of what should be included in the die casting die design. The course begins with a tooling design philosophy and evolves into all the major systems that must be included in the die. Topics include parting line determination, die cavity placement and machine size requirements, dimensional requirements and capabilities, metal flow and gating considerations, heat flow in and out of the die cast cavity, including waterline placement for depth and length. Design of ejection systems and die materials.
This is a two day course.
Pricing: Corporate Member $600, Individual Member $690 and Non-member $810

Process Control & Monitoring 
January 17-18, 2023
The primary purpose of this course is to show the processing engineer and operating technician what type of control method is applicable to each of the die casting machine/die/process systems, how to measure the performance of each critical variable, compare actual performance to the desired and to adjust the actual performance to meet the desired.
This is a two day course.
Pricing: Corporate Member $600, Individual Member $690 and Non-member $810

Machine Systems
January 19, 2023
The die casting machine consists of three basic mechanical systems (plus the machine controls) to accomplish these tasks. These are: 1) the clamp system; 2) the ejection system, and; 3) the metal injection (i.e. Shot) system. These systems are the focus of and described in this course along with instructions for their proper adjustments. Also included are descriptions of how the dies must be properly sized to the machine and how to measure the machine's performance capabilities.
This is a one day course.
Pricing: Corporate Member $300, Individual Member $345 and Non-member $405

Die Casting Defects
February 7, 2023 
Defective die castings are quality deviations that must be corrected to meet the quality requirements of the customer. Defects are serious issues that are usually traceable to process settings and/or metallurgical problems. The good news is that most of them are correctable through operations control and process control. The purpose of this course is to provide useful information, skill and techniques to those individuals charged with the responsibility for process settings and production of quality castings.
The course is organized under four categories: 1. Process factors that control many defects, especially those concerning surface finish, cold flow and non-fills; 2. Metallurgy issues associated with defects. While all metals are covered, there is a special emphasis on aluminum; 3. Identifying defects and diagnosing root causes and corrective actions; and 4. Troubleshooting guide studied by type of defect in order to swiftly take the appropriate action.
This is a one day course.
Pricing: Corporate Member $300, Individual Member $345 and Non-member $405

Gating Design 
February 8, 2023 
A two-day program devoted to understanding and implementing a proven process for designing and calculating effective gating based on the specific feature of the die, the casting and the power performance of the machine. Workshop Summary: Gating is central to die casting technology. There is perhaps no skill more important to a die designer, a process engineer or anyone involved in the process, than the ability to design an effective gate for a die casting die. This course provides an understanding of the theory behind gating design but focuses on a practical step-by-step process to design effective gating. Five basic rules for gating are emphasized. A step-by-step procedure includes casting, gating and machine performance considerations. Basic topics of the course include gate location, gate velocity, gate area, runner design, chisel gates, fan gates, tangential gates and machine compatibility. Careful attention is paid to the methodologies and details of calculations including the use of calculators, spreadsheet templates and the gating slide rule.
This is a two day course.
Pricing: Corporate Member $600, Individual Member $690 and Non-member $810

Don’t miss out on your chance to gain valuable knowledge about die casting parts and processes! To register for a course or courses this semester click here. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Melisa Ryzner, CMP, CMM at 847.808.3161 or via email at mryzner@diecasting.org.