SOLIDWORKS Plastics

SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics Cavity and Runner Layouts

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In the 2022 release of SOLIDWORKS Plastics additional flexibility has been introduced related to runner layouts. Specifically, we can now create planar and cyclic symmetric runners based on sketches or solid geometry. The Symmetry boundary condition is available with SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional and SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium. To demonstrate, I’ve created a Plastics project and defined the runner based on sketch entities as shown below. Now, if I need to simulate the simultaneous filling of two cavities, I can use the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Plastics Injection Location Advisor

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Included with SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2022 is a tool called “Injection Location Advisor” that makes it easier to optimally position injection locations for plastic parts. The tool can be found in the PlasticsManager tree, under boundary conditions. The property manager looks like this when opened: You can adjust the number of injection locations (up to a maximum of 4) and the mold open direction. The software will automatically detect a plane for the mold open direction (in this case the top […]

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Importing a custom material into SOLIDWORKS Plastics

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics comes preloaded with an extensive library of plastic materials to use in your plastic simulation studies. The vast database includes thousands of unique materials, grouped into 133 resin families. Alternatively, they can be sorted by the 196 different manufacturers that provided their plastics material data to SOLIDWORKS Plastics. For most simulations, assigning a plastic resin to the model is a simple matter of searching the database, choosing your material, and applying it to your injection molded part. However, […]

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Insert Molding with SOLIDWORKS Plastics

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What is the correct term – insert molding or insert overmolding?  I hear the terms used almost interchangeably in conversations about SOLIDWORKS Plastics.  I always ask the speaker for clarification.  The ask is not because I do not understand what both terms mean, I want to make sure that we are discussing the same thing.  Let’s clarify the terms so we can move forward with today’s blog.  Insert molding is the process of adding an insert, typically a metal component, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics Material Library Updates

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics has introduced several new enhancements this year for 2021. Year over Year SOLIDWORKS Plastics has been adapted to behave more like SOLIDWORKS Simulation including familiar workflows and interface. This year has marked the apex of these changes making the interface different than before but familiar at the same time. This blog will be covering the Material Database changes to Plastics, but you can read about the additional changes in the blogs listed below. Plastics Redesigned Manager Tree Plastics […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics Tutorial Validating Injection Molding Process

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A question that my colleagues and I are often asked is ‘how accurate are the results from <insert simulation product name here>?’.  You might think that is an easy answer.  In some instances, it absolutely is.  To me, the better question is ‘if I set up my study/project correctly, can I trust the results’.  That gets to the heart of the matter when it comes to analysis.  If we are going to design better products by utilizing analysis tools, the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SW Plastics – Enhanced Modeling of Baffles and Bubblers

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In recent years, the developers of SOLIDWORKS have exerted significant time and effort into improving the functionality, interface and usability of SOLIDWORKS Plastics. The 2021 release of SOLIDWORKS Plastics continues that trend with improvements in all areas, including a redesigned plastics manager tree, multi-material over molding processes, improved solver performance, an expanded material database, added functionality to co-injection processes and more. This blog will focus on enhanced modeling capabilities of baffles and bubblers. A baffle is a type of cooling […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics Multi-Material Overmolding Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 brings many changes and enhancements to our injection molding analysis work.  I recommend you start with a blog written by my colleague, Drew Buchanan, SOLIDWORKS Plastics – Redesigned PlasticsManager Tree.  Like the SOLIDWORKS Plastics user interface, the process for performing multi-material injection overmolding has been revamped in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2021.  Let’s take a look at comparing the old and the new process for setting up a multi-material overmolding SOLIDWORKS Plastics study. Multi-material overmolding analysis requires a license of […]

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How Do I Post Process a SOLIDWORKS Plastics Shell Meshed Study

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How do I post process a SOLIDWORKS Plastics shell mesh study?  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.  Now that the study has been solved, what’s next?  Clean up the SOLIDWORKS graphics window?  Gather data for inlet pressure or clamp force?  Create animations?  There are many post processing options for a shell meshed, SOLIDWORKS Plastics study.  Here […]

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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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