Free Online Education Courses


Welcome to the BASF Performance Materials Online Education Center, a series of live, interactive, Web-based seminars focused on the design, processing and performance of the BASF Engineering Plastics line of engineered thermoplastics! With this format, you can actively participate in these seminars right from your home or office, using standard internet and telephone technology.


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    Laser Welding

    This course will cover the basic principles of laserwelding, laser energy transmission, laser weldable materials, factors affecting laser weld joint strength, and the BASF Laserwelding technology database.

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    Vibration Welding

    The Vibration Welding course will discuss the basics principles of vibration welding, design aspects of vibration welding joining, the vibration welding process, optimization for maximum burst strength, new technology in vibration welding, and the BASF database on vibration welding.

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    BASF Plastic Material Options

    Have you ever wondered the difference between nylon and polyester? If so, this is the course for you. This course will discuss the similarities and differences between BASF plastic materials such as Nylon, PBT, Acetal, and PSU/PES high temperature materials.

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    Datasheet Properties What do they Mean?

    This course provides an overview of the most common datasheet properties for thermoplastic materials. Each property is explained in plain simple terms and the usefulness and limitations of these values is discussed. This course is very useful for the beginning designer or other professionals new to the plastics field.

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    Injection Molding

    In "Injection Molding Troubleshooting", the attendee will learn some practical "Doīs and Donīts" of injection molding. The discussion will cover the use of unfilled, filled and impact modified materials in a variety and of shapes and sizes of injection molded parts and how formulation and fillers may effect processing. While this course is not advanced, a basic understanding of, and some experience with, the injection molding process is assumed.

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    UV Weathering

    In this course we will discuss the reasons we perform both accelerated and natural outside weathering as well as the results. We will review the natural and synthetic factors that affect our products and cover the equipment and procedures used to acquire the data required. Included will be a short session where we will discuss some of the stabilizer systems used in our products in order to retard these effects.

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    NVH (Noise, Vibration & Harshness)

    This course will introduce you to the world of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) while working with plastics. As new and stringent regulations are implemented across the globe, OEMs are increasing their focus on tackling the NVH issues. From vibration dampening to acoustic attenuation, the course talks about the factors affecting the NVH criteria when using plastics. It also addresses applications from the automotive and industrial markets. In addition it will introduce you to the BASF global NVH capabilities, supplemented by practical case studies illustrating the different approaches to effective NVH optimization.

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    Part Design - Assembly of Components

    This seminar is offered to engineers and designers involved in the design of injection molded components. This course provides an overview of various assembly methods of plastic to plastic components, and plastic to metal components. The techniques, which will be covered, are snap-fits, self threading fasteners, welding, and press-fitting. Advantages and limitations of each will be discussed in detail, as well as several examples with actual design calculations. This seminar will help educate the engineer/designer, which assembly method to use for their particular application, and allow them to design a cost effective and efficient joint the first time.

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    Predicting Reinforced Plastic Material Performance

    Learn how BASF's new proprietary software module, ULTRASIM(TM), incorporates fiber orientation data from mold filling simulations into FEA models to provide an accurate depiction of variations in fiber orientation and strength throughout the part. Our experts will discuss the integrative simulation methods that were developed to overcome the limitations of prior predictive models.

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    Structural Part Design

    This seminar is offered to engineers and designers involved in the design of plastic components. The course provides an overview of basic part design considerations for a variety of components molded with thermoplastic resins. To effectively design a high quality plastic part, the designer/engineer must select an appropriate plastic material, develop a functional design, and work within the limitations of the manufacturing process. This seminar will explain some basic tools used in solving such complex issues as: stress, strain, stress concentrations, impact loading, moisture absorption, weld line locations and effects, variations in part size and thickness, creep.

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    BASF Amorphous High Temperature Thermoplastics

    This course provides an overview of commercially available amorphous high temperature thermoplastics and their applications. The course discusses BASF, Ultrason(PES, PSU and PPSU) properties, processing methods and applications. The properties of Ultrason lends itself useful in aerospace, medical, food service, membranes, plumbing and others markets. Please join to discuss to learn Ultrason product attributes.

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    How to Achieve Optimum Cycle Times

    What are the important considerations to optimize and achieve world class cycle times? A number of important factors are going to be covered in this session. Materials, part design, mold design/mold cooling, and runner and gate designs. Time is money, and achieving good quality parts in the shortest cycle times will provide the competitive edge you looking for.

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