Provided by: ToolingU

"Thermosets" introduces users to the key characteristics and types of thermosets as well as common processing methods. A thermoset is a strong, rigid plastic with a cross-linked molecular structure that makes it difficult to recycle and re-use. Common thermosets include phenolics, epoxies, polyester, polyurethane, silicone, and elastomers. Many composites use thermosets as the binding matrix to create a thermally stable material. Thermosets may be molded or cast using a variety of shaping processes.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe thermosets
  • Describe thermoset cross-linking
  • Describe phenolics and epoxies
  • Describe polyester, polyurethane, and silicone
  • Describe elastomers
  • Describe common thermoset elastomers
  • Describe composites
  • Describe fiberglass-reinforced plastic
  • Describe bulk molding compound and sheet molding compound
  • Describe thermoset processing
  • Distinguish between compression molding, reaction injection molding, and transfer molding
  • Describe casting processes
  • Describe elastomer processing.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for Manufacturing / Material Engineers.

Course ID


Skill Focus

Smart People



Employee Type

New Applicants, 1st level supervisors

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

2 hrs



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