SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics Multi-Material Overmolding Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 brings many changes and enhancements to our injection molding analysis work.  I recommend you start with a blog written by my colleague, Drew Buchanan, SOLIDWORKS Plastics – Redesigned PlasticsManager Tree.  Like the SOLIDWORKS Plastics user interface, the process for performing multi-material injection overmolding has been revamped in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2021.  Let’s take a look at comparing the old and the new process for setting up a multi-material overmolding SOLIDWORKS Plastics study. Multi-material overmolding analysis requires a license of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SIMULATION Contact Terminology Changes

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If you have read through the What’s New document for SOLIDWORKS 2021, I am sure you noticed the many updates and improvements listed for SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  Blog title aside, if you think this is only about terminology changes, think again!  I can assure you nomenclature is only a part of what I will describe for SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021.  If you want to know more about this topic, start with my colleague Matt Sherak’s blog Understanding Contact Hierarchy in SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  […]

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How Would You Like a Bolt Sandwich from SOLIDWORKS?

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Bolted connections are used in many industries for a wide variety of applications.  Look around and you will see fasteners used in automobiles, furniture, appliances, electronics, medical devices, construction, and many other design applications.  If you have worked in Engineering and design long enough, chances are you have designed a non-permanent joint using fasteners.  Like me, you may have needed to solve a finite element model that included fasteners and get accurate results for design verification and validation activities.  I’m […]

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How Do I Post Process a SOLIDWORKS Plastics Shell Meshed Study

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How do I post process a SOLIDWORKS Plastics shell mesh study?  Utilizing the analysis capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Plastics early in the product development cycle enables users to optimize the plastic injection molding process, create high quality parts, and reduce manufacturing costs.  Now that the study has been solved, what’s next?  Clean up the SOLIDWORKS graphics window?  Gather data for inlet pressure or clamp force?  Create animations?  There are many post processing options for a shell meshed, SOLIDWORKS Plastics study.  Here […]

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How do I complete a Fill study in SOLIDWORKS Plastics?

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How do I complete a Fill study in SOLIDWORKS Plastics?  Utilizing the analysis capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Plastics early in the product development cycle enables users to optimize the plastic injection molding process, create high quality parts, and reduce manufacturing costs.  A Fill study is the first analysis that users perform with SOLIDWORKS Plastics.  How the molten plastic resin is injected into a mold cavity depends upon multiple factors, such as injection pressure and temperature, part wall thickness, mold wall temperature, […]

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics and the Million Dollar Waffle

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Makers of waffle makers, I have a million-dollar idea for you.  Maybe even a billion-dollar idea!  Redesign your waffle makers to be more like an injection molding machine.  If you’ve stopped laughing and are willing to read on, I think you’ll agree.  Prepared waffle batter is the ultimate thermoset plastic resin.  The rough process is to fill the mold, close it, apply heat, pressure, and time to cure the resin, then eject the thermoset part from the mold.  Isn’t that […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Boundary Conditions and Linear Thermal Expansion (Part 2)

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In Part 1 of this SOLIDWORKS Simulation blog, I demonstrated how improper boundary conditions led to incorrect analysis results with Linear Thermal Expansion – “garbage in, garbage out”.  Now let’s look at what was happening under the hood with my analysis when applying temperature boundary conditions to a linear static study. Recall that I initially identified an issue with my results when reviewing the resultant displacement plot (Figure 6 in the Part 1 blog).  I’m going to use a Thermal […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Boundary Conditions and Linear Thermal Expansion (Part 1)

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I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “garbage in, garbage out”.  This applies to lots of things we encounter in life, including our analysis work.  What if you didn’t realize your input was faulty until you review your analysis results and find garbage out?  Would you be able to backtrack your steps and find where you made a mistake?  What if it wasn’t really a mistake, but a misunderstanding as to how a specific tool operates?  I’m going to show you […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Geometry-Based Boundary Conditions

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What do you get when you take something that was good and make it even better?  In this case, you get SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2020!  A year ago, SOLIDWORKS Plastics first introduced Geometry Based Boundary Conditions for injection locations, control valves, and mold wall temperatures.  This began to shift dependency away from the SOLIDWORKS Plastics mesh towards the CAD model geometry.  For those of you familiar with SOLIDWORKS Simulation and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, this is the same mode of operation as […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Plastics – Enhanced Solid Mesh (Auto) Workflow

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The launch of SOLIDWORKS 2020 is an exciting time for users.  There are many new tools to work with.  There are a few tweaks and changes to things we’ve grown accustomed to.  Then there are the changes to SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2020 that will absolutely delight those of us who are tasked with injection molding analysis!  There are two main topics I’m going to cover for SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2020 – Enhanced Solid Mesh (Auto) Workflow and Streamlined Mesh Creation.  Keep reading to see […]

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