SOLIDWORKS Plastics Venting Analysis

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Recently, I was helping one of our customers work through a large injection molding analysis using SOLIDWORKS Plastics. He wanted to verify weld lines and air traps as he was still planning gate and vent locations on the tooling. The part he was analyzing included many features, such as mounting bosses and stiffening ribs, on the inside. These features will all be on the core of the mold. The exterior of the part will have a near-smooth finish, an “appearance” […]

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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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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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The Ice Cream Spoon, Part 2

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In the previous Ice Cream Spoon blog, I wrote about Surface Modeling techniques in SOLIDWORKS.  In this installment, I’ll discuss the plastic injection molding analysis of the spoon. One of the unique design elements on the ice cream spoon is the large rib on the underside of the handle.  I have a few ideas as to why the rib is there, but I want to use SOLIDWORKS Simulation tools to verify why the rib was included.  The first tool to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: SW Plastics Runner Design – Control Valves – #SW2017

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SW Plastics Runner Design – Control Valves   Increased realism in SOLIDWORKS Plastics comes with the introduction of control valves in the 2017 release. A technique used in the injection molding industry known as Sequential Valve Gating (SVG) incorporates the use of control valves when multiple gates are used in the injection process. The advantages of SVG are numerous, especially for larger and more complex parts, including greater control of weld line locations, minimization of the adverse effects of over-packing, and […]

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The Ice Cream Spoon

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The hot weather of summer is squarely upon us.  With increasing temperatures comes the desire to enjoy a tasty treat – ice cream!  Now most people would go about their business of rapidly consuming ice cream and cooling down during the dog days of summer.  Most people.  Every now and again the desire to understand the how’s and why’s of a design will (barely) outweigh the desire consume a double-scoop of icy cold deliciousness!  Such was the case during one […]

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Leveraging 3D Technology in the Product Development Lifecycle

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In previous blogs I introduced you to our new product, the Creaform hand-held scanners. I want to share a presentation in which we used our 3D technology to produce a part in production material. On a Wednesday morning we had a customer provide us with the following requirements for their legacy part… Customer didn't have CAD or paper drawings Is it possible to scan for electronic data? Add another outlet Incorporate LED lights 3D print for verification Produce in Delrin/Acetal […]

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Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG)

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This past Monday I returned from the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) conference. Once again we set attendance (both overall and first time attendee), sponsorship and exhibition records. For those of you that do not know, The Additive Manufacturing Users Group's origins date back to the early 1990s when the founding industry users group was called 3D Systems North American Stereolithography Users Group, a user group solely focused on the advancement of stereolithography (SL) use with the owners and operators of 3D […]

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SimpoeWorks for plastic injection simulation

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SimpoeWorks is a great plastic injection simulation solution fully embeded into SOLIDWORKS graphic user environment. SimpoeWorks enables SOLIDWORKS users to simulate complete manufacturing process of their plastic parts, from filling to warpage. There are four modules in  SimpoeWorks SimpoeWorks FILL, simulates part filling. Here users can visualize melt front, air traps, temperature and pressure distributions, shear rate, clamping forces. Also optimize gate locations. SimpoeWorks PACK helps identify sink mark locations, optimize part manufactuing time and residual constraints. SimpoeWorks COOL simulates […]

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