SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – PLASTICS – #SW2019

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I’d like to begin by addressing expectation. This blog is intended to explain the enhancements made to SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2019. The actual features may contain some explanation but will not provide all the necessary explanation. For a more complete understanding of SOLIDWORKS Plastics, please consider taking one of our training courses. Our schedule can be found here: https://www.cati.com/solidworks-training/schedule/. In the past, boundary conditions could only be added to the meshed geometry of a part in SOLIDWORKS Plastics. For the 2019 […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Creating Geometry-based Boundary Conditions in SOLIDWORKS Plastics – #SW2019

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One of the essential steps in SOLIDWORKS Plastics is to setup the Boundary Conditions for the simulation. This includes creating the injection locations, the control valve locations, and setting the mold wall temperatures. In the past, these were somewhat limited. When placed down they are not placed exactly where you click, instead they snap to the nearest node in the mesh. This is especially an issue with coarse meshes. To be set precisely, injection and control valve locations needed to […]

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Make Your Mark on Injection Locations in SOLIDWORKS Plastics Simulation

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Over time we learn new ways to do things. For example, I recently learned SOLIDWORKS’ preferred way of creating an injection location in SOLIDWORKS Plastics Simulation. Let’s take a look at SOLIDWORKS’ preferred method to create injection locations, the benefits of split lines, and the role split lines play in the process. An injection location is where the cavity is filled from the runner system. Gates are the portion of the runner system that attaches to the injection location. Typically, […]

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics: Shell Mesh vs Solid Mesh

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics: Shell Mesh vs Solid Mesh SOLIDWORKS Plastics is an injection molding add-in to SOLIDWORKS. Plastics comes in 3 levels, Standard, Professional, and Premium that are geared towards plastic part designers, mold designers, and analysts, respectively Some may say the most crucial part of any simulation is the mesh, and I would be keen to agree. SOLIDWORKS Plastics offers an automatic Solid and Shell meshing algorithm, in addition to more robust manual controls. When an automatic solid method is […]

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Why SOLIDWORKS Plastics?

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Why SOLIDWORKS Plastics? Injection molded plastic products are all around us.  Most of us don’t pay attention to things like this, so here is a simple example.  As I write this sitting at my work desk, within arm’s length are the following items that I know have injection molded plastic parts: android smartphone housing and protective case, several components of the laptop like the housing, the keyboard keys, and the LCD screen bezel, the body of the webcam, the secondary […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Temperature Criteria for Short Shots – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Temperature Criteria for Short Shots – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2018 introduces several new features to improve the quality of our plastic injection molding analysis and results evaluation.  Another of these new features is Temperature Criteria for Short Shots.  A short shot occurs when the injection mold cavity does not completely fill with plastic during the injection stage of the molding process.  While a short shot can occur due to several different reasons, this enhancement focuses […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Export Deformed Geometry – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Export Deformed Geometry – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Plastics is a manufacturability analysis tool, that provides the designer insight into the injection process of their part. Flow, Pack, Cool and Warp are at the designer’s fingertips giving an understanding of the entire injection molded process. One of the features that SOLIDWORKS Plastics offers is the ability to export deformed geometry. At the end of the injection mold process the part is released from the mold. Due to […]

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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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