SOLIDWORKS Plastics helps companies that design plastic parts or injection molds predict and avoid manufacturing defects during the earliest stages of design, eliminating costly rework, improving quality and accelerating time to market. Fully integrated with SOLIDWORKS CAD, this easy-to-use software helps part designers, mold designers, and mold makers optimize designs for manufacturability without leaving their familiar 3D modeling environment.
Simulation Driven Design for Plastics Part Production
SOLIDWORKS Plastics allows you to evaluate the manufacturability of your parts and molds at the same time you design for form, fit and function.
Simulate how melted plastic flows during the injection molding process to predict manufacturing-related defects on your parts. Once defects are identified, they can be easily minimized or eliminated by making changes to the part design, mold design, plastics material or processing parameters, to save energy, natural resources, time and money.
Intuitive Workflow and Design Advice
SOLIDWORKS Plastics works directly on your 3D model. You can make changes to your model and see the impact right away.
An intuitive user interface leads you step by step. Guided analysis setup, intelligent defaults, and automated processes ensure that simulations are set up correctly.
Part designers get rapid feedback on how modifications to wall thickness, gate locations, materials, or geometry can affect the manufacturing of their part, while mold designers can quickly optimize multi-cavity and family mold layouts and feed systems.
The Cost of Change
Design changes in the early stages of product development cost less and have the greatest impact on improving manufacturability. The cost of change increases substantially further downstream and can lead to significant time-to-market delays.
The challenge is plastics part production is to determine how your part or mold design impacts manufacturing – and how manufacturing impacts your design – in the earliest stages of design, and then communicate that information early and often throughout the design-to-manufacturing process.
For Plastics Part Designers
SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard. The most cost-effective time to optimize plastic parts for manufacturability is during the initial stages of product design.
SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard includes:
- Answer basic questions:
- Will my part fill?
- Where are the weld lines?
- Will there be air traps?
- Simulates the mold filling stage
- Optimize part designs for manufacturing
- Determine the best gate locations
For Mold Designers and Mold Makers
SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional gives anyone who designs or builds injection molds an accurate, easy-to-use way to optimize them. Quickly create and analyze single, multi-cavity, and family mold layouts.
SOLIDWORKS Plastic Professional includes:
- Simulates the filling and packing stages
- Optimize single- and multi-cavity mold layouts
- Automatically balance family mold runner systems
- Determine maximum injection pressure requirements and machine size
- Simulate advanced analyses:
- Insert overmolding
- 2-shot molding
- Valve gates
For Advanced CAE Analysts and Mold Designers
SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium allows user to analyze mold cooling line layouts and predict molder part warpage.
SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium includes:
- Design and analyze injection mold cooling line layouts
- Optimize cooling system design to minimize cycle times and decrease manufacturing costs
- Predict molded part warpage