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 – 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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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Plastics: Clamp Force in Machine Opening Direction – #SW2018

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Plastic injection molding is the go to manufacturing method when plastic parts must be mass produced. However, these molds are precision machined and highly expensive both to create and rework. For this reason, many manufacturers utilize SOLIDWORKS Plastics simulation to reduce mistakes and rework. SOLIDWORKS Plastics provides the results for many different parameters, one of which (clamp force), will be discussed in this blog. What is a clamp force? Plastic injection molding is the process of injecting molten plastic, under pressure, into a […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: Different 3D Printing Technologies

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While Stratasys has always been the pioneer of 3D printing, it’s important to know that there are many different types of technologies and materials surrounding 3D printing, also known as “additive manufacturing”.   Stratasys 3D printers use one of two technologies. The ever popular “Fused Deposition Modeling”, FDM, and the “Polyjet” technology.   FDM FDM is the main 3D printing technology that everyone knows about and has seen. Real engineering grade thermoplastics are made into a filament, round up in […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Meshing Errors in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2016

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Meshing Errors in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2016   When trying to mesh a runner system with the part in SOLIDWORKS 2016, you may end up getting errors that don’t give you a clue to what is wrong. For instance, take a look at this message: when sewing connector, it without any face error!! This message came up when I was creating a solid mesh. Not sure if the message is a direct translation from another language but it doesn’t give you […]

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Without Spoons, Ice Cream is just Not the Same. Design them in SOLIDWORKS Plastics

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 If you’re a frequent visitor to the 3DVision Technologies blog, I’m almost certain you’ve read a few installments of our webinar series “How to Solve it”.  Hopefully you have also taken the time and watched the webinar recordings, as well.  Also, if you frequent the blog may have read some of my earlier articles discussing the design of an ice cream spoon.  While I currently have at least two more articles to write concerning the ice cream spoon, this short […]

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics Runner Optimization

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics contains many useful features like, sink detection, weld line locations, air trap prediction, and many more.  One of the best tools that Plastics professional offers is Optimized Runner Balancing.  What is Optimized Runner Balancing?  Let’s take a step back and talk about what SOLIDWORKS Plastics Simulation is and what it is used for. SOLIDWORKS Plastics Simulation is a manufacturability software that helps plastic part designers, plastic injection mold designers, and injection mold shops gain insight into the flow, […]

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New Runner Domain in Plastics 2016

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One of the new features in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2016 is the Runner Domain for Plastics Professional and Plastics Premium.  If you’re not familiar with domains in the SOLIDWORKS Plastics product, a domain is how Plastics recognizes different volumes in the CAD file.  The domains in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2016 are cavity, runner, insert, cooling channel, and mold.  Depending upon the complexity of the analysis you are solving, you may have all five domains present in a single analysis. In the following […]

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Nominal Wall Thickness Inside Plastics Simulation

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Wall Thickness – a major concern when designing a plastic part. During the injection of the mold the melted plastic flow front will always move in the direction of least resistance. You can think of this similar to water flowing through a pipe.  The larger the pipe the easier the volume of water will flow.  If the wall is too thick in comparison to other sections of the part the plastic flow will “Race Track” or move ahead of the […]

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Nominal Wall Thickness Inside Plastics Simulation

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Wall Thickness – a major concern when designing a plastic part. During the injection of the mold the melted plastic flow front will always move in the direction of least resistance. You can think of this similar to water flowing through a pipe.  The larger the pipe the easier the volume of water will flow.  If the wall is too thick in comparison to other sections of the part the plastic flow will “Race Track” or move ahead of the […]

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