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NanoSTAKE, the Revolutionary Mini Staking Technology

Join this interactive webinar and discover the revolutionary nanoSTAKE plastic staking process. This technology fits in tight spaces and is safe for delicate applications like electronics. Our webinars are designed to answer all your questions, so come prepared to engage, learn, and transform the way you assemble your plastic parts.

You’ll learn:

  • The basics of the nanoSTAKE process
  • Why it is better than other plastic staking technologies
  • How it is small enough to stake tightly-spaced bosses
  • How nanoSTAKE heats up, stakes plastic, and is cool to the touch immediately after
  • NanoSTAKE’s closed-loop temperature control
  • How the Smart Release™ feature prevents sticking
  • How the dataPLUS™ feature shares data for network traceability

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 11 AM ET

Duration: 1 hour

Presenters: Sam Starkey, Jason Dornbos

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Plastic Welding, Staking, and Assembly: Ask Me Anything Webinar

Whether you’re just starting or a seasoned pro, this Ask Me Anything (AMA) webinar is for you. Bring your questions, and we’ll dive deep into all things plastics joining. Our panelists bring together decades of collective experience and are here to field your toughest questions, share best practices, and offer recommendations. You won’t want to miss this interactive and engaging discussion. Be part of this unique opportunity to connect, learn, and grow

 

InfraStake, The Premiere IR Plastic Staking Technology

InfraStake is a clean staking process that uses focused infrared energy to heat and form a plastic boss. In this webinar, you’ll learn how InfraStake produces the tightest and strongest plastic assemblies.

What you’ll learn:

  • How the InfraStake process works
  • How InfraStake compares to other plastic staking technologies
  • Which applications are best-suited for InfraStake
  • How to design your parts for InfraStake
  • How the InfraStake Processing Assistant helps optimize parameters
  • The key equipment components of InfraStake

3D Printing for Automation and the Factory Floor

Forward-thinking machine builders are using additive manufacturing to give them a competitive advantage. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to use 3D printing to propel your automation forward.

We’ll guide you through the journey of adoption, highlighting where the value lies and the keys to success. You’ll get a clear overview of 3D printing technologies, including the workings of HP Multi-Jet Fusion technology. We’ll also explore use cases in automation and industrial applications. Don’t miss out on this illuminating and interactive session.

Outline:

  • Additive Manufacturing Adoption Journey within Automation
    • Where is the value found?
    • Keys to Success
  • Overview of 3D printing technologies and how to select the right one
  • How HP Multi-Jet Fusion technology works
  • Use Cases for Automation and Industrial Applications
    • Soft Touch Fixtures and EOAT Grippers
    • Alternative to 3D CNC and poured fixtures
    • Design Freedom for complicated details
    • Parts for machine debug
  • How to Design for Additive Manufacturing
  • Detail Modifications at Machine Assembly
  • Costs of typical 3D Printing packages

 

InfraGuide: Focused IR Welding for Clean Plastic Parts

Are you frustrated with the shortcomings of traditional IR welding? Let us introduce you to InfraGuide, the infrared welding technology for people who don’t like IR welding.

In this interactive webinar, you’ll learn why manufacturers who wrote off IR welding are switching to InfraGuide. Of course, like all of Extol’s webinars, you’ll get to engage and ask questions all along the way.

Register now and come prepared for a fun and engaging session that will change how you make your plastic assemblies.

InfraGuide is unlike other infrared (IR) welding technologies. The process uses focused, evenly-distributed IR energy to make clean, particulate-free plastic welded assemblies. 

In this interactive webinar, we’ll discuss: 

  • How InfraGuide works 
  • Why InfraGuide is better than other IR welding technologies
  • Why manufacturers who have written off IR welding technologies are choosing InfraGuide 
  • What materials work best with InfraGuide 
  • Your questions about InfraGuide

How to design for plastic staking

Are you a designer or engineer who works with plastic? Do you want to learn about the latest technologies and best practices for plastic staking? If so, then you won’t want to miss our webinar, How to design for plastic staking!

Led by industry experts Katherine Urivez and Sean Minch, this webinar provides an overview of plastic staking technologies, with a focus on two cutting-edge methods: InfraStake and nanoSTAKE. You’ll learn about the similarities and differences between these methods, as well as their respective advantages for different types of plastic applications.

By watching this webinar, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to optimize your own plastic staking designs for the best possible outcome. You’ll learn how to avoid common pitfalls and design flaws, and how to take advantage of the latest advances in plastic staking technology.

This is a must-join event for anyone who works with plastic! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from the best and connect with other professionals in this exciting field.

Topics:

  • Overview of plastic staking technologies
  • Basics of InfraStake and nanoSTAKE
  • Differences between InfraStake and nanoSTAKE
  • How to design for plastic staking
  • Question and answer

Proving Out the Right Manufacturing Technology: A Step-by-Step Guide

Do you want to make sure your manufacturing operations are well-suited for scalable production? Are you looking for ways to improve scalability, cost, and performance? Join us for an interactive discussion that will provide step-by-step guidance on how to prove out the right manufacturing technology. We’ll explore strategies for leveraging the right technology, creating proof of process plans and implementation roadmaps, and ensuring successful adoption. Don’t miss this opportunity to get ahead of the competition!

Here’s some topics we’ll discuss:

  • Overview of plastic manufacturing technologies
  • Eliminating risk from your manufacturing concept
  • Evaluating potential manufacturing solutions in terms of cost, scalability, and performance
  • Implementing a proof-of-process plan to determine viability
  • Building an implementation roadmap with achievable milestones

Make Strong, Consistent Parts with Hot-Plate Welding

Hot-plate welding joins two plastic parts together using a heated tool plate. In this webinar, you’ll learn how the proven hot-plate welding process produces robust, repeatable parts that are hermetically sealed.

What you’ll learn:

  • How the hot-plate welding process works
  • The benefits of hot-plate welding
  • Which applications are best-suited for hot-plate welding
  • How to design your parts for hot-plate welding
  • How hot-plate welding equipment can be customized for your application

    How to Get Started with Laser Plastic Welding

    Learn how to use laser plastic welding to achieve a precise, strong, and clean assembly.

    Participants can expect to learn…

    • The basics of laser plastic welding
    • Benefits of a laser-welded assembly
    • How laser welding equipment can be customized around an application
    • Material requirements for laser welding
    • How to control the laser welding process

    Developing automation with a limited workforce

    Are you struggling to find workers to meet the demands of production? Learn how to use automation to reduce cycle times and labor costs.

    You’ll learn about:

    • Key elements of automation
    • Examples of operations that can be easily automated
    • How to determine the most cost-effective level of automation for your processes
    • How to get the best ROI from automation
    • The different levels of automation
    • Examples of how to apply automation and how it changes from simple to lights-out automation

    How Configurable Laser Plastic Welding Can Save You Money

    Standard laser plastic welding machines put your application in a box that may be bigger, slower, and more expensive than what you need.

    We configure laser plastic welding machines to meet the needs of your unique application. That way, you get precisely what you need, saving you time and money.

    Participants can expect to learn…

    • Laser plastic welding basics
    • The 3 key elements of laser plastic welding
    • How Extol configures each laser plastic welder
    • The features that are configured to your specific needs
    • Additional part operations that can be integrated into your machine

    Introduction to HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing

    The game-changing HP MJF process makes strong thermoplastic parts that are well-suited for functional prototypes, manufacturing fixtures, and end-use production. Learn the basics of Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing so you can begin to speed up development, reduce the costs of functional prototyping, and consider additive manufacturing for production.

    Participants can expect to learn…

    • How the Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing process works
    • How MJF compares to other 3D printing processes
    • Materials used in MJF
    • MJF application examples
    • Fundamentals of how to design for MJF
    • Keys to making great functional prototypes with MJF
    • Common finishing and assembly processes for MJF

    How to Use Plastic Assembly Technologies to Extend the Boundaries of 3D Printing

    Secondary assembly processes are an important part of traditional plastic manufacturing workflows. The same processes are beginning to play a vital role in a complete additive manufacturing solution. Combining thermoplastic printing with traditional assembly technologies can unlock many additive manufacturing applications.

    Assembly technologies such as laser, hot plate, and ultrasonic welding offer many advantages over bonding with adhesives. Learn how you can use these assembly technologies with HP MJF to extend the boundaries of 3D printing.

    Learning objectives:

    • How several different assembly technologies work (laser welding, hot plate welding, ultrasonic welding, staking, heated inserts, and more)
    • How to adapt several traditional assembly processes to be used with 3D printed parts
    • How to identify the right assembly process based on application requirements
    • Design considerations for using different assembly processes with 3D printed parts
    • How 3D printing fits into the value stream for manufacturing plastic products

    You can do that? – Special automation Webinar

    Extol is known for our industry-changing technologies such as InfraStake, nanoSTAKE, and Rapid Conductors. Did you know that we build exceptional automation equipment as well? Learn how automation can benefit you and how Extol can help.

    You can expect to learn…

    • The basic types of Automation
    • Examples of different types of automation
    • Examples of common post-molding operations used in automation
    • How Extol helps develop your automated manufacturing process
    • How to use Extol’s automation experience to your benefit
    • How Extol supports you throughout production

      Introduction to nanoSTAKE, the revolutionary plastic staking technology

      Gain an understanding of the best plastic heat staking process on the market. This patented technology heats up, stakes plastic, and is cool to the touch immediately after.

      You can expect to learn…

      • The basics of the nanoSTAKE process
      • Why it is better than other plastic staking technologies
      • How nanoSTAKE heats up, stakes plastic, and is cool to the touch immediately after
      • NanoSTAKE’s closed-loop temperature control
      • How the Smart Release™ feature eliminates sticking
      • How the dataPLUS™ feature shares data for network traceability

      Debunking Laser Plastic Welding Myths

      Laser plastic welding can be easier than you think. Learn which of your expectations about laser welding are true and which are false.

      Participants can expect to learn…

      • The 3 key elements of laser plastic welding
      • Truths about laser plastic welding cost
      • Truths about laser plastic welding optimization
      • Truths about laser plastic welding safety
      • Truths about laser plastic welding parts

       

      How to Design for Laser Plastic Welding

      Learn how to design your parts for laser plastic welding. This technology produces clean, precise welds in quick cycle times. Take full advantage of it by learning how to optimize the design of your plastic parts for laser welding.

      Participants can expect to learn…

      • The 3 key elements of laser plastic welding
      • Design guidelines for laser plastic welding
      • How to convert your design from other technologies to laser
      • Benefits of configuring your laser welding equipment to your application’s needs

      How to Save Cost and Weight with 3D Printed End of Arm Tooling

      Learn how 3D printing can be used to create End of Arm Tooling (EOAT) that is strong and lightweight with tremendous design freedom. Topics covered include:

      • Examples of various EOAT applications
      • Selecting materials ranging from soft-touch to strong and stiff
      • How to design and print integrated pneumatics into EOAT
      • How to design 3D printed EOAT

      Reduce Cost and Lead Time with 3D Printed Soft Touch Tooling™

      Learn about Extol’s Soft Touch Tooling™ and how additive manufacturing can be leveraged to provide cost-effective and fast solutions while allowing for complex fixture designs. Participants can expect to learn…

      • How HP’s Multi Jet Fusion process and materials unlock tooling applications
      • How 3D printing provides an alternative to traditional cast/poured urethane and machined nesting
      • Guidelines, tips, and tricks for designing for additive tooling
      • The qualities of a successful Soft Touch Tooling application