SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SW Plastics Enhanced Modeling of Sketch-Based Runners

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As noted in the many blogs you’ve likely seen in the CATI What’s New series, SOLIDWORKS Plastics has been significantly enhanced in the 2021 release. Check out the two key enhancements to the sketch-based runner design that will contribute to more accuracy in your injection molding simulations! The SOLIDWORKS modeling APIs are now used by the algorithm, resulting in more realistic shapes of the runner cross-sections and junctions. An enhanced meshing scheme applies tetrahedral elements at the runner core and […]

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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 – SOLIDWORKS Plastics Redesigned PlasticsManager Tree

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With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2021 comes a great new change to the user interface SOLIDWORKS Plastics. The PlasticsManager Design tree has been redesigned in SOLIDWORKS 2021 to provide a more streamlined and logical workflow for setting up Plastics Simulation studies. In this blog I will be highlighting the changes in the Plastics interface for SOLIDWORKS 2021. Change 1: New Study Interface The first major change to the PlasticsManager tree is the new study interface. In 2021 they have replaced […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics- Co-Injection Enhancement Summary – #SW2021

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If you have been following along with the What’s New series the last few years, SOLIDWORKS Plastics has been on a hot streak. As you will see in the other SOLIDWORKS Plastics What’s New blogs to come, a lot of work has been done to make the product function more like the other simulation packages. These workflow improvements have not been at the expense of functionality enhancements, though. Today I want to share some great improvements to the Co-Injection feature […]

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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 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 Material Updates Summary and 3D Content Central

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There are several exciting changes to the SOLIDWORKS Plastics program for the 2020 release that will increase ease of use. A couple that I want to highlight are related to the database of polymer materials. First, a couple of vendors, specifically Chevron Phillips and RadiciGroup, have added 29 materials to the installed database. These are shown below. Also, 13 obsolete material grades from EMS-Grivory have been removed from the database. Second, 3D Content Central now has a library of polymer […]

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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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