SOLIDWORKS Plastics – Cooling Analysis Basics

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If you are in the business of designing plastic parts, you are probably well aware of the multistep injection molding process. SOLIDWORKS Plastics can simulate this process. Three different offerings (Standard – Professional – Premium) allow increasing levels of functionality. All of them can simulate the plastic injection flow stage; Plastics Professional adds the pack stage, and other capabilities and Plastics Premium includes the calculations related to the cool and warp stages. One thing you might not know about this simulation […]

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 SOLIDWORKS 2019 Installation Guide Part 4 – Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD and Simulation Installation 

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What do I need to know to install my Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD, or Simulation package? First, all of these products are now installed through the SOLIDWORKS installation manager. To download the installation manager you will need to click the SOLIDWORKS download link. Run the installation manager, and enter the serial number for your products. If you have all of your licenses set up to be renewed at the same time you may have only one SOLIDWORKS serial number for […]

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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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