SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Shrinkage Percentage in Warp Measure – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Shrinkage Percentage in Warp Measure – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2018 introduces several new features to help us improve the quality of our plastic injection molding analysis and results evaluation.  One of these new features, Shrinkage Percentage in Warp Measure, is a modification to the measure tool when reviewing warp results.  Let’s look at where this modification is located within SOLIDWORKS Plastics. For instance, begin by viewing a warp result for the Total Stress Displacement.  Then […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Plastics – Density Results at End of Pack Analysis – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Plastics – Density Results at End of Pack Analysis – #SW2018 Plastic injection molding is the most cost effect method to mass produce parts. But it represents a significant initial investment. For this reason, many mold designers use SOLIDWORKS Plastics to avoid costly rework. The mold process uses a multi-staged process: fill, pack, cool, and eject. This blog will focus on the new results plot available in the pack stage; density results at end of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Exclude Area From Clamp Force Calculation – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Exclude Area From Clamp Force Calculation – #SW2018 Plastic part designers are very conscious of features that can add complexity to the mold. Parts with undercuts including latches, standoffs, and other geometry that would not allow the mold to release are oftentimes necessary and cannot be avoided. These features commonly require a slide that relieves this area and allows the mold to release. These areas typically do not contribute to the total Clamp Force required […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Plastics: Clamp Force in Machine Opening Direction – #SW2018

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Plastic injection molding is the go to manufacturing method when plastic parts must be mass produced. However, these molds are precision machined and highly expensive both to create and rework. For this reason, many manufacturers utilize SOLIDWORKS Plastics simulation to reduce mistakes and rework. SOLIDWORKS Plastics provides the results for many different parameters, one of which (clamp force), will be discussed in this blog. What is a clamp force? Plastic injection molding is the process of injecting molten plastic, under pressure, into a […]

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Nominal Wall Thickness Inside Plastics Simulation

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Wall Thickness – a major concern when designing a plastic part. During the injection of the mold the melted plastic flow front will always move in the direction of least resistance. You can think of this similar to water flowing through a pipe.  The larger the pipe the easier the volume of water will flow.  If the wall is too thick in comparison to other sections of the part the plastic flow will “Race Track” or move ahead of the […]

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Plastics Symmetry Analysis Saves Time

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics has joined the other SOLIDWORKS Simulation Products (Simulation, and Flow)in offering a Symmetry Option.   What is Symmetry you ask? According to Merriam- Webster Symmetry noun sym·me·try \?si-m?-tr?\ is: the quality of something that has two sides or halves that are the same or very close in size, shape, and position : the quality of having symmetrical parts. With regards to analysis not only does the geometry need to be symmetric but the analysis boundary conditions need to be as […]

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Duplicate SOLIDWORKS Plastics Project

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation allows a user to ‘Duplicate’ a study, and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation allows a user to ‘Clone’ a project.  Why not SOLIDWORKS Plastics?  SOLIDWORKS plastics is an injection molding software that allows a user to understand the manufacturability of a plastic part.  Because this is a fully integrated SOLIDWORKS Simulation product different Projects are related to configurations in the part.  To re-use the setup from project to project please follow the instructions in the link below. Duplicate Plastics Project […]

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SOLIDWORKS Louisville User Group Meeting July 16th, 2014

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SLUG – SOLIDWORKS Louisville User Group Meeting July 16th, 2014 Take a break from the summer heat and head out to our next SLUG meeting on July 16th, Wednesday 6:00 – 8:15 pm at Bearno’s Pizza in New Albany, IN. We have a great presentation..   Mold Tools and SOLIDWORKS Plastics   Did you know SOLIDWORKS had Mold Tools in the command manager? Have you ever wonder what those Mold Tools icons inside of SOLIDWORKS do?  If so then come and learn how to become more […]

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics-Injection Mold Optimization

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How does SOLIDWORKS Plastics save you money? SOLIDWORKS Simulation has always been thought of as a useful tool to help determine things such as whether a design is going to break, withstand heat, survive a drop, or withstand certain frequencies. This helps save money by limiting the number of expensive prototypes which must be built to prove a design. When it comes to injection molded parts, SOLIDWORKS Plastics does the same thing, as creating a bad mold that produces bad […]

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3DVision Technologies Introduces SOLIDWORKS Plastics

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3DVision Technologies is thrilled to announce the introduction of SOLIDWORKS Plastics. As one of only a handful of VARs in North American able to provide this product to our customers 3DVision Technologies can now bring easy-to-use injection molding simulation directly to the designers of plastic parts and injection molds. SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2012 helps companies predict and avoid manufacturing defects, eliminating costly rework, improving quality, and accelerating time to market. Fully integrated with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, this easy-to-use software helps plastic […]

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