SolidWorks Plastics Packages

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard

For plastics part designers, SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard enables you to optimize parts for manufacturability in the early stages of design. Easy to learn and use, SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard 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.

  • CAD Integrated: fully embedded in the SolidWorks environment so you can analyze and modify designs for manufacturability at the same time you optimize for form, fit, and function.
  • Easy to Learn and Use: takes only minutes to learn and does not require extensive analysis or plastics expertise.
  • Facilitates Design Team Communication: web-based HTML reports make it fast and easy to communicate simulation results and design advice to all members of the design-to-manufacturing team.
Thin Walled Part

Analyze and optimize a range of geometries including thin-walled plastic parts

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional 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.

  • Avoid Costly Mold Rework: SolidWorks Plastics helps ensure molds will work right the first time to avoid multiple rounds of time-consuming, costly, and unnecessary rework.
  • Optimize Feed System Design: analyze sprues, runners, and gates to balance runner systems; optimize gate type, size, and location; determine the best runner layout, size, and cross-sectional shape.
  • Estimate Cycle Time, Clamp Tonnage, and Shot Size: enables mold designers and mold makers to quote tooling projects quickly and accurately; assists manufacturing teams to size the injection molding machine for a given mold, optimize injection molding cycle time, and reduce plastics material scrap.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium includes everything in SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional plus advanced simulation functionality that allows CAE analysts and mold designers to analyze mold cooling line layouts and predict molded part warpage. Users can design and analyze simple or complex mold cooling line layouts, optimize cooling system design to minimize cycle times and decrease manufacturing costs and optimize part and mold design, material selection and processing parameters to reduce or eliminate molded part warpage.

  • Cooling line analysis: Design and analyze simple or complex mold cooling line layouts
  • Reduce time and cost: Optimize cooling system design to minimize cycle times and decrease manufacturing costs
  • Improve overall process: Optimize part and mold design, material selection, and processing parameters to reduce or eliminate molded part warpage
Cavity Mold

Automatically balance the runner systems of family molds and avoid manufacturing problems.

SolidWorks Plastics simulates how melted plastic flows during the injection molding process to predict 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, so there are no translation issues. You can make changes to your model and see the impact right away. The state-of the-art meshing system is powerful and fast, and covers a range of geometries, from thin-walled parts to very thick and solid parts.

An intuitive user interface leads you step by step. Guided analysis setup, intelligent defaults, and automated processes ensure that simulations are set up correctly, even if you rarely use simulation tools. The SolidWorks Plastics material database contains approximately 5,000 grades of commercial plastics and it is fully customizable for proprietary or custom materials.

Thin Walled Part

Analyze thick and chunky parts that are solid in nature.

 

 


With 40 years in plastics development, I'm excited by SolidWorks Plastics. Users will be able to optimize part and mold designs in the earliest stages of development.

Ed Honda, President, hondaDesign, LLC