Simulation: SOLIDWORKS Plastics

SOLIDWORKS PlasticsSOLIDWORKS Plastics brings easy-to-use injection molding simulation directly to the designers of plastic parts and injection molds. It simulates how melted plastic flows during the injection molding process to predict manufacturing-related defects on parts and molds. You can quickly evaluate manufacturability while you design, to eliminate costly mold rework, improve part quality, and accelerate time to market. A Results Adviser provides troubleshooting steps and practical design advice to help diagnose and solve potential problems.

SOLIDWORKS provided 3 levels of SOLIDWORKS Plastics to best fit your companies needs:

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard

Optimizing plastic parts for manufacturability is most cost-effective when performed during the initial stages of product design.  This optimization is an important step, and helps to ensure avoidance of inefficient mold designs with narrow “good parts” processing windows, resulting in high reject rates and time-to-market delays. With SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard, mold designs become more efficient, good parts processing windows widened, and times to market minimized.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional

For plastics part designers, SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional enables you to optimize parts for manufacturability in the early stages of design. Easy to learn and use, SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional is fully embedded within the SOLIDWORKS CAD environment so you can analyze and modify designs at the same time you optimize for form, fit, and function.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium gives anyone who designs or builds injection molds an accurate, easy-to-use way to optimize them. You can quickly create and analyze single-cavity, multi-cavity, and family mold layouts, including sprues, runners, and gates. You can even balance runner systems and estimate cycle time, clamp tonnage, and shot size, enabling you to optimize feed system design and avoid costly mold rework.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Product Matrix
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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Packages:

Simulation Standard

Virtual Simulation is not only for specialists and final validation. Now it’s an integrated design tool for all product engineers in all industries. Discover the intuitive power of SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard to support your everyday engineering process.

Simulation Flow

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation takes the complexity out of computational fluid dynamics. You can quickly and easily simulate fluid flow, heat transfer, and fluid forces that are critical to the success of your design.

Simulation Professional

Fully integrated with SOLIDWORKS CAD software, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional provides powerful tools that expand the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Simulation, so you can investigate more tests and operating environments on both parts and assemblies.


SOLIDWORKS Plastics brings easy-to-use injection molding simulation directly to the designers of plastic parts and injection molds.

Simulation Premium

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium bolsters the depth and ease of use of SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional with additional capabilities, including a powerful set of tools for simulating nonlinear and dynamic response as well as composite materials.

SOLIDWORKS Sustainability

The easy way to more Environmentally Friendly Designs. In today’s global marketplace, being a responsible company is often paramount to success.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Featured Solutions:

Structural Analysis

Validate product performance and safety factors using finite element analysis (FEA) to perform structural simulation.

Thermal Analysis

Calculate temperatures and heat transfer within and between components.

HVAC Analysis

Optimize heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems quickly and easily.

Fatigue Analysis

Predict component fatigue failures by examining repeated or random load cycles.

Vibration Analysis

Examine how vibrating or unstable modes can shorten equipment life to eliminate failures.

Structural Optimization

Optimize a design to meet defined strength-to-weight, frequency, or stiffness performance.

Motion Analysis

Evaluate mechanical performance through operational movements using rigid body motion analysis.

Fluid Flow Analysis

Simulate fluid (either liquid or gas) passing through or around an object and investigate the impact to improve product performance.

Electronic Cooling

Optimize heat dissipation and the selection of electronic devices.

Sustainable Design

Assess the environmental impacts of your designs in real time using life cycle assessment (LCA) criteria.

Integrated Simulation Workflows

Efficiently test product performance with multi-physics testing, taking into account various physical environments.

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