Education & Training

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

Course Descriptions
A list of courses taught at NADCA and in-plant classes. Click on each course to view the description containing 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.

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.

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  • June 10 2019
    Implementation of Technologies That Are PLANT Ready 06/10/2019 This webinar is intended to provide die casters with information on technologies related to the NADCA R&D Program that are plant ready. The topics that will be covered during the presentation include die materials, high performance aluminum alloys, heat treat of standard high pressure die cast aluminum alloys, pulsed spray, advanced die coatings, the new gating/fill time equation, and additive manufacturing for die components. Benefits of implementing the new technologies in the die casting plant and success stories will be provided to show how: new die materials can extend die life; new aluminum die casting alloy compositions and heat treatment of standard high pressure die castings boost properties; pulsed spray improves efficiency and reduces die lubricant usage; spray can be reduced or eliminated with advanced coatings; better running dies can be obtained through more accurate gate sizing; and, additive manufactured die components yield better thermal control. Add to Calendar
  • June 18 2019
    PQ2 & Gating: Introduction and Basic Principles 06/18/2019 The first session will review the objectives of this webinar series and present several key concepts including: relationship between part quality requirements and process requirements; gating’s influence on quality; implications for total gate area versus multiple gates; fundamental relationships between cavity volume, gate speed, and cavity volumetric fill rate; gate speed and metal pressure relationships using Bernoulli’s principle. Add to Calendar
  • June 19 2019
    PQ2 & Gating: PQ 2 , the Operating Window, Machine Constrain 06/19/2019 The session will introduce the PQ 2 diagram with an emphasis on using quality requirements to size gates and then to evaluate the limitations, if any, that the machine places on the operating window. Procedures to use aspects of PQ 2 to select the gate area to maximize the operating window are illustrated followed by consideration of plunger selection (or evaluation) and the effect on the operating window is shown. Add to Calendar
  • June 20 2019
    PQ2 & Gating: Calculations 06/20/2019 In this session uses the ideas introduced in the first two sessions to calculate total gate area requirements by first introducing and demonstrating how to calculate the optimum gate area by computing the maximum fill time. This leads directly to calculation of the gate area that maximizes the operating window. The standard atomization calculation to check gate dimensions is illustrated. The use of the NADCA web app to complete these calculations is also briefly illustrated. Add to Calendar
  • June 25 2019
    PQ2 & Gating: Designing Runners, Overflows and Vents. Design 06/25/2019 The last session addresses construction of the detailed geometry of runners and gates. Cavity layout is briefly discussed followed by main runner geometry construction, with consideration both of heat loss and fluid flow. Procedures to construct tangential and fan gates are introduced along with guidelines for constructing overflows and vents. Use of the NADCA web app to complete these calculations is illustrated. The session concludes with a very brief introduction to the importance of simulation for design evaluation and verification. Add to Calendar
  • June 26 2019
    PQ2 & Gating: Practical Example for Aluminum Die Casting 06/26/2019 Walkthrough the PQ2 and Gating process with a sample die casting geometry made of aluminum A380 alloy. A look at how to create the PQ2 graph and basic design of the gating and runner system. The NADCA PQ2 and Gating apps will be used to confirm the calculations. Add to Calendar
  • June 27 2019
    PQ2 & Gating: Practical Example for Zinc Die Casting 06/27/2019 Walkthrough the PQ2 and Gating process with a sample die casting geometry made of Zamak 3 alloy. A look at how to create the PQ2 graph and basic design of the gating and runner system. The NADCA PQ2 and Gating apps will be used to confirm the calculations. Add to Calendar
  • July 9 2019
    Die Casting Lubricants, Application and Effects: Fundamental 07/09/2019 This course will go through the fundamentals of Die Casting lubricants. The course starts with the basics of the conventional use of external lubrication and cooling of die cast dies. The methods of spray application and the reason lube is applied to die casting dies. The function, chemistry, care and maintenance of the lubricants is reviewed. The spray section ends with review of potential defects caused by variation in spray application. For each defect, solutions to resolve those defects are taught. Add to Calendar
  • July 10 2019
    Die Casting Lubricants, Application and Effects: Pulse Spray 07/10/2019 Pulse Spray - The application and background of pulse spray is reviewed. Actual Case Studies are reviewed on the application of pulse spray in two die casting facilities. Electrostatic Spray - The basic principles of electrostatic spray are reviewed. The application of electrostatic spray is demonstrated Plunger lubrication - The function, chemistry and application of plunger lubricants are reviewed. This webinar also reviews the effect on quality of die cast parts if the plunger application is not closely controlled. Add to Calendar
  • August 6 2019
    Train the Trainer Course 08/06/2019 Add to Calendar