A supplier of injection molding machines with clamping forces up to 100 tons, has donated an injection molding machine to the department of mechanical engineering at Clemson University (Clemson, SC). Faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students will use the machine for classroom education, lab science, and ongoing research, according to Boy Machines Inc. (Exton, PA).
"We are excited by the prospects of having our BOY 35A used for a variety of processing research and educational initiatives at a leading university like Clemson," says Robert Koch, the company's president. "We know that these ventures can yield dynamic new directions for future technological development and commercialization."
Use of the new machine at Clemson will be under the direction of David Angstadt, assistant professor of mechanical engineering. His research focuses on polymer processing--specifically injection molding and microinjection molding. Angstadt is establishing a research program at Clemson that addresses fundamental issues associated with polymer processing at the macro- and microscale. He expects to attract funding and support from governmental entities such as the National Science Foundation.
In terms of educational opportunities, Angstadt has identified a variety of courses and graduate programs where hands-on use of the injection-molding machine fits in. These include a manufacturing processes course, a senior prototype design project, mechanical engineering lab courses, and technical elective and graduate coursework.