Injection molding, Many unknowns …One answer: SOLIDWORKS Plastics

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics simulates how melted plastic flows during the injection molding process to predict manufacturing-related defects on parts and molds. You can quickly evaluate manufacturability while you design, to eliminate costly mold rework, improve part quality, and accelerate time to market. A Results Adviser provides troubleshooting steps and practical design advice to help diagnose and solve potential problems. Some key unknowns are time, pressure and temperature reached in cavity to eject the part.e  Fill Time represents position of the fluid at […]

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Fatigue Analysis: What you need to know

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Fatigue Analysis helps identify how repetitive load cycles cause structural failures. SOLIDWORKS Simulation helps you identify failures in components subjected to stresses less than yield and do not experience plastic deformation and have relatively long lives. This type of usage is commonly referred to as high-cycle fatigue. For ductile metals, high-cycle fatigue is generally considered to be greater than 100,000 cycles of operation. Calculation of high cycle fatigue requires a S-N curve or stress versus number of cycles curve, in […]

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Super Power or Buckling?

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I am sure this has happened to everyone, you are working with a tool and suddenly the tool bends. You wonder if you have suddenly gained super-powers as they show in the movies. I wish it were true, but most likely the component buckled.  Buckling refers to sudden large displacements due to axial loads. Slender structures subject to axial loads can fail due to buckling at load levels lower than those required to cause material failure. Buckling can occur in […]

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Time varying load: Can SOLIDWORKS Simulation handle this

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There are many occasions when we are asked, "Can SOLIDWORKS Simulation handle my engineering issues?" We ran into this last week, we were given deformation in the component and had to figure out load required to produce the deformation. What was interesting the part would be at the respective positions with respect to time. My response was lets not just simulate this, but tell you how much force is required to produce this deformation too. Well now that we had […]

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Power on : SOLIDWORKS Flow for Electronic Components

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To optimize the thermal performance of electronic components and ensure their operation, designers and engineers need to simulate both the environment and heat loads in and around components, PCBs, and complete products. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, augmented with the Electronic Cooling Module, enables you to easily perform complete thermal analysis and test design changes during the design phase. Lets consider a halogen floodlight with an aluminum housing, which contains a quartz glass front window, a silicone gasket, an aluminum internal reflector, […]

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Semi-Truck: can there be innovation?

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I have been on the road a lot lately, and the weather gods have not been favoring my ventures. Bad weather coupled with monster semi-trucks have been causing a ton of anxiety while overtaking or just keeping up in the adjoining lane. Sharing the highways with many different kinds of semi-trucks made me realize not all of them had the same effects on vehicles around them. This lead me to wonder, "can there be simple changes to existing design? ". […]

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional : What can it do?

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Injection molding is a complex technology with possible production problems. They can be caused either by defects in the molds, or more often by the molding process itself. I want to go over some issues that SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional can help prevent. Knit line / Weld Lines : Caused by the melt-front flowing around an object standing in a plastic part as well as at the end of fill where the melt-front comes together. Can be minimized or eliminated with […]

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Ed Honda, 40 years in Plastics engineering and more

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Ed Honda is the owner of Honda Design LLC. Ed has been involved in plastic product development with various Chicago-area manufacturers for over 40 years. He has developed a comprehensive knowleadge base of plastics related design. This comes from development and implementation of hundreds of plastic components, and active participation in dozens of design related projects in consumer, commercial and military applications. Ed was kind enough to take some time and sit down with me, to share his vast knowledge. […]

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics

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SOLIDWORKS today announced a new tool called SOLIDWORKS Plastics. SOLIDWORKS Plastics provides tools that help manufacturers validate and optimize the design of plastic parts and injection molds. What is the big deal? Optimal process settings are critical to influencing the cost, quality and productivity of plastic injection molding. The main trouble with injection molding is to have a box of good parts contaminated with scrap. For that reason process optimization studies have to be done and process monitoring has to […]

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Flow Simulation Webcast : April 3rd

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is fully integrated within SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software so that every designer can get the benefits of flow simulation at any stage of product development, to design with better insight.SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can quickly and easily simulate fluid flow, heat transfer and fluid forces that are critical to the success of your design. Register now, to ensure a spot. The following topics will be covered – Examine flow in and around components to detectturbulence and recirculation issues. […]

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