The laboratories of the Polymer Engineering Center have a wide range of polymer-processing machines and characterization instrumentation.

The polymer processing equipment including an Arburg 55-ton co-injection molding machine with MuCell®, Brabender batch mixer, a BOY XS lab-scale, a Extrudex Kunststoffmaschinen 45 mm single screw extruder and a DTM Sinterstation 2500 Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) machine.

For polymer characterization, the center has a special patented Interlaken Sliding-plate rheometer, an AR1000 research grade rheometer, and a suite of NETZSCH thermal analysis instruments including a DSC & TGA. In addition to standard equipment, such as a melt flow indexer, tensile testing machine, etc.


  • Extrudex Single-Screw Extruder
  • Brabender Lab-Single-Screw Extruder
  • Rocheleau R35 Blow Molding Machine
  • Wabash Compression Molding Machine
  • Wayne Machine & Die Co. Film Blowing Machine
  • Arburg 55-ton Two-color, Co-injection Molding Machine w/ MuCell Capability
  • CAM Thermoforming Machine
  • Twin Screw Extruder
  • BOY XS 8-ton Injection Molding Machine with LSR unit
  • DTM Sinterstation 2500 Laser Sintering Machine

  • Interlaken Sliding Plate Rheometer

  • NETZSCH DSC 214 Polyma®

  • NETZSCH Thermo-Microbalance TG 209 F1 Libra®

Computing Resources

The PEC computer laboratory is equipped with several workstations used for modeling and simulation. In-house research codes and many polymer-related commercial CAE software packages, including COMSOL, PAM-RTM, C-MOLD, CADMOULD, CADPRESS, and Moldflow, are available for educational and research purposes. The commercial compression molding software, CADPRESS, was originally developed at the center.


Printing prototypes in the Selective Laser Sintering machine is available for students and faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For more information, follow the link below.