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Industry Notables Enlighten Attendees at Annual Thermoforming Workshop


Shelby M. Fischer, Penn College student and PIRC research assistant, conducts a Differential Scanning Calorimetry demonstration in the Materials Testing Lab.
Shelby M. Fischer, Penn College student and PIRC research assistant, conducts a Differential Scanning Calorimetry demonstration in the Materials Testing Lab.
Christopher J. Gagliano, program manager of the Thermoforming Center of Excellence, demonstrates the process for participants.
Christopher J. Gagliano, program manager of the Thermoforming Center of Excellence, demonstrates the process for participants.
Roger Kipp, vice president of marketing and engineering for McClarin Plastics Inc. (leaning on desk), offers a presentation on mold construction in the Part and Tool Design Lab.
Roger Kipp, vice president of marketing and engineering for McClarin Plastics Inc. (leaning on desk), offers a presentation on mold construction in the Part and Tool Design Lab.
Jay Waddell, a partner in Plastics Concepts & Innovations, LLC (in black shirt), and Kathleen Boivin, materials engineer for CMT Materials Inc. (blue shirt at left), demonstrate construction of a Computer Numerical Control fixture in the Materials Testing Lab.
Jay Waddell, a partner in Plastics Concepts & Innovations, LLC (in black shirt), and Kathleen Boivin, materials engineer for CMT Materials Inc. (blue shirt at left), demonstrate construction of a Computer Numerical Control fixture in the Materials Testing Lab.
Olivia R. Beaver, student and research assistant, and PIRC Project Manager Gary E. McQuay (left background) explain how a Gardner Impact Test gauges a material's strength.
Olivia R. Beaver, student and research assistant, and PIRC Project Manager Gary E. McQuay (left background) explain how a Gardner Impact Test gauges a material’s strength.

Industry representatives went “Beyond the Basics” during this week’s three-day National Hands-On Thermoforming Workshop, offered through Penn College’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center. Equal parts classroom lecture and lab experience in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center – and facilitated by international leaders in the field – the third annual training event was headquartered around the college’s renowned Thermoforming Center of Excellence.

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