SOLIDWORKS Plastics


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Length: 2 days; 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Prerequisites: SOLIDWORKS Essentials and a fundamental knowledge of plastic materials, plastic part design, and/or injection mold design.
Description: This course teaches you how to use specialized simulation software tools to predict the cool, flow, pack, and warp phases of the injection molding process. This course covers all the features and functions of SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional, SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium, and SOLIDWORKS Plastics Advanced.

Topics covered in this course:

1: Basic Flow Analysis

  • Basic Flow Analysis
  • Stages in the Process
  • Element Types
  • Meshing
  • The PlasticsManager Tree
  • Input Options
  • Gates
  • Running a Flow Analysis
  • Flow Results

2: Detecting Air Traps

  • Detecting Air Traps
  • Stages in the Process
  • Air Traps
  • Switching Modes for Design Changes
  • Design Changes
  • Parts Created Using Mold Design Tools

3: Detecting Short Shots

  • Detecting Short Shots
  • Stages in the Process
  • Flow Settings
  • Flow Front Central Temperature

4: The Model Manager

  • The Model Manager
  • Stages in the Process
  • Using the Model Manager
  • Copying Parts and Results
  • Batch Manager
  • Summary and Report

5: Gate Locations and Sink Marks

  • Gate Locations and Sink Marks
  • Stages in the Process
  • Gate Selection Rules
  • Sink Marks

6: Multiple Cavity Molds

  • Multiple Cavity Molds
  • Stages in the Process
  • Mirroring Cavities
  • Sketching Runners
  • Runner Design
  • X-Y Plots

7: Runner-Balancing

  • Runner-Balancing
  • Stages in the Process
  • Local Refinement of Mesh
  • Using Runner-Balancing

8: Gate Freeze

  • Gate Freeze
  • Stages in the Process
  • Solid Mesh
  • Pack Settings
  • Flow and Pack Analysis
  • Pack Results

9: Optimizing Cooling Time

  • Optimizing Cooling Time
  • Stages in the Process
  • Multiple Gates

10: Using Inserts

  • Using Inserts
  • Stages in the Process
  • Cavities and Inserts
  • Materials for Inserts

11: Mesh Repairs

  • Mesh Repairs
  • Stages in the Process
  • Element Issues
  • Edit Mesh