UW-Stout's Plastics Engineering Lab is where Engineering and Technology students learn about the materials science of plastics, as well as part design principles and plastics processing methods. The Plastics Engineering Lab consists of three spaces: a classroom, the plastics processing area, and the plastic materials characterization lab.
The lab has a range of equipment and software available for students in the lab to design, simulate, and manufacture plastic products; DMA, DSC, TGA, FTIR, rheometers, MoldFlow, and SolidWorks software. There is also a heavy focus on processing techniques, including injection molding, extrusion, thermoforming, blow molding, and rotational molding.
"The general goal in this lab is to understand the materials science behind plastics and use that to design and manufacture plastic components," explained Plastics Engineering professor, Adam Kramschuster. "The range of characterization and processing equipment available to our students makes this lab one of the elite plastics engineering laboratories in the nation."