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Fiber and Filament Extrusion Fundamentals Short Course

July 23 - July 25

The Fiber and Filament Extrusion Fundamentals Short Course provides attendees a fundamental understanding of the critical variables and process parameters required to optimize extrusion processes for meltblown, spunbond and carded staple-fiber nonwovens. This course is designed to be accessible and valuable to both those who are new to the field and/or come from a non-technical background, as well as seasoned nonwovens professionals.

Upon completing the course, attendees will have a comprehensive understanding of fiber and filament extrusion-based nonwoven products and processes, including raw material selection, polymer characterization, fiber and fibrous assemblies, fiber-to-fabric transitions, testing and characterization. Attendees will gain valuable insights into the impact of the process on fiber structure in terms of orientation, crystallinity, etc. Attendees will also benefit from hands-on learning with experiments in The Nonwovens Institute’s state-of-the-art Fiber and Polymer Science and Analytical Testing labs.

Key Topics Include: 

  • Introduction to Polymers
  • Rheological Properties
  • Polymer Characterization
  • Fiber Characterization
  • Fiber Formation and Property Development
  • Fiber Finish
  • Fiber Testing and Analytical Testing

Expert Instructors:

  • Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI)
  • Amy Minton, Analytical and Filtration Testing Lab Manager, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI)
  • Dave Nelson, Director of Industry Engagement, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI), former Product Development, 3M
  • Guest instructors from industry will provide unique perspective and insights on the extrusion process in various application scenarios. Previous guest instructors of this course include:
    • Charlie King, formerly Product Development Manager, UNIFI
    • Carl Wust, Ph.D., formerly Manager of Research and Development, Americas, FiberVisions, an Indorama Ventures Company

Who Should Attend?

  • Business and Product Development
  • Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Quality Control
  • Research and Development
  • Technical Sales and Marketing


  • Non-Members: $3,300
  • NWI/INDA Members: $2,500 (NOTE: If you are an NWI Member, please e-mail with your Member Name and Short Course title to register at the NWI Member Rate.)

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Attendee Feedback: 

  • “Good balance of physics fundamentals, practical manufacturing learnings, and hands-on with the actual production.” — Material Program Manager, Government Agency
  • “Seeing the drawing process and working with the different production lines was extremely helpful in reinforcing classroom learning.” —Quality Engineer, Medical Supply Company
  • “The breadth (and depth) of the subject matter was what I liked most about the course.  The course provided a nice introduction to the process, while also providing enough detail to keep the experienced person engaged.” — Process Technology Leader, Manufacturer of Fibers and Nonwovens

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(NOTE: If you are an NWI Member, please e-mail with your Member Name and Short Course title to register at the NWI Member Rate.)

Course agenda and presenters subject to change. For questions about this course, email

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Course Outline:

July 23, 2024
8:00-9:00 AMNetworking and Light Breakfast
9:00-9:30 AMIntroductions and Course Objectives
9:30-11:00 AMIntroduction to Polymers
11:00 AM-12:00 PMRheological Properties
12:00-1:00 PMNetworking Lunch
1:00-2:30 PMPolymer Characterization
2:30-3:30 PMFiber Characterization
3:30-3:45 PMCoffee Break
3:45-4:15 PMFiber Formation and Property Development
4:15-5:30 PMMulticomponent Fibers, Microfibers, Islands In the Sea Fibers
July 24, 2024
8:00-8:30 AMNetworking and Light Breakfast
8:30-10:00 AMSpinning and Processing Operations of Staple Fiber Production
10:00-10:15 AMCoffee Break
10:15-10:45 AMFiber Finish
10:45-12:00 PMThe Spunbond and Meltblown Processes
12:00-1:00 PMNetworking Lunch
1:00-5:00 PMFiber Extrusion - Industrial Perspective/How to Predict and Control Orientation, Minimize Shrinkage, and Control Spinnability
5:30-7:30 PMNetworking Reception
July 25, 2024
8:00-8:30 AMNetworking and Light Breakfast
8:30 AM-12:00 PMFiber Science Lab
12:00-1:00 PMNetworking Lunch
1:00-2:30 PMFiber Testing and Analytical Lab
2:30-3:00 PMWrap-Up and Q&A


July 23
July 25
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