Holes In Your Model? No Worries with SOLIDWORKS Plastics

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When dealing with different customers or vendors you will inevitably run into a situation where you need to import a model from another CAD software. With advancements in import technology, models open better than ever. But there are times when you get a hole in your model. This can be troublesome as SOLIDWORKS Plastics requires the Mold Cavity to be watertight. This can be fixed by using the SOLIDWORKS modeling tools but may require some surfacing techniques. Fortunately, SOLIDWORKS Plastics […]

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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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Injection Locations: Two Ways to Apply

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Injection locations are a hot topic in our blog series including Make Your Mark on Injection Locations in SOLIDWORKS Plastics Simulation, and SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New Plastics Geometry Based Boundary Conditions. I wanted to expand on this topic yet again and discuss the difference between Geometry Based injection locations, and Mesh Dependent injection locations. Both Geometry Based, and Mesh Dependent injection locations do the same thing. The injection locations give the software a point of entry for the molten plastic […]

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Symmetry with SOLIDWORKS Plastics

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If I told you that you could solve an analysis 75% faster, would you be interested?  I think so.  In several of my previous blogs, I have written about time-saving tools to utilize when working with SOLIDWORKS analysis products.  I plan on continuing this practice because knowledge is power!  Plus, if you’re able to analyze more iterations of your design, that will lead to better products for you and your customers! If you are a SOLIDWORKS Simulation user, I’m sure […]

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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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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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Nexans Autoelectric of America, Inc. Customer Story

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Nexans Autoelectric of America, Inc. is known internationally by automakers for vehicle electrical wiring systems, molded components, and clocksprings. Jeremy Richardson is a component designer that supports wire harness development at Nexans Autoelectric. Initially, Jeremy’s team purchased the SOLIDWORKS Simulation package through Computer Aided Technology as a cost-savings move to help with engagement force predictions and stress analysis. Jeremy says, “The current CAD system being used offered the desired simulation capabilities, however, at a very high price point. SOLIDWORKS offered […]

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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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