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 – 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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SOLIDWORKS Plastics: SP3 Additions and Improvements

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You might have missed the SOLIDWORKS Blog mentioning improvements that were quietly introduced into SOLIDWORKS Plastics with the launch of Service Pack 3.  Service pack 3 became available for download in early May 2019.  This SP included tutorials, updates to material properties, and solver improvements.  Hopefully, those three topics interest you enough to keep reading for the details! For SOLIDWORKS Plastics users, having access to tutorials helps us become familiar with the software and some of its capabilities faster.  The […]

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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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