SOLIDWORKS Instructor Led Training

The Mold Design course teaches you how to quickly generate the tooling for any given part and separate it into core and cavity components (or punch and die for Tool and Die applications). This knowledge is very valuable for most mechanical designers, especially designers of molds, embossing dies, nests, and welding/checking fixtures. You will also learn to use analysis tools for developing optimal parting lines, troubleshooting draft and undercut issues, plus importing and repairing third party geometry. 


Course details and prerequisites:

Duration: 3 Days
OR Online: 5 Days (4 hours/day)
Type: Instructor Led
Level: Basic to Intermediate


After the training you will be able to:
  • Create mold assemblies derived from your part designs
  • Automate the production of the mold to save you design time
  • Incorporate lifters, side cores and core pins in your mold design
  • Design Electrodes for your molds


Course Outline


  • About This Course 
  • Using this Book 
  • Windows 7 
  • Use of Color 
  • Icons 
  • Hide/Show Tree Items 
  • Course Overview

Lesson 1: Core and Cavity

  • Core and Cavity Mold Design
  • SOLIDWORKS Mold Tools
  • Problematic File Translations
  • Mold Analysis Tools
  • Analyzing Draft on a Model
  • Draft Analysis Colors
  • Adding Draft
  • Scale the Part to Allow for Shrinkage
  • Determine the Parting Lines
  • Manual Selection Of Parting Lines
  • Automation
  • Modeling the Parting Surfaces
  • Smoothing the Parting Surface
  • Surface Bodies
  • Interlocking the Mold Tooling
  • Creating the Mold Tooling

Lesson 2: Multiple Parting Directions

  • Multiple Parting Directions
  • Trapped Molding Areas
  • Side Cores
  • Lifters
  • Core Pins
  • Case Study: Electrode Design
  • Electrode Clearances
  • Keeping the Sharp Edges

Lesson 3: Importing and Repairing Geometry

  • Beyond the Basics 
  • Importing Data 
  • 3D Model Types 
  • Definitions 
  • Case Study: Solids vs. Surfaces 
  • Terminology 
  • File Translators 
  • Modeling Systems 
  • File Translation 
  • Why Do Imports Fail? 
  • Diagnosis and Repair 
  • Case Study: Repairing and Editing Imported Geometry 
  • Checking Solid Bodies 
  • Making Copies of Faces 
  • Case Study: Import Diagnostics 
  • Repairing Gaps 
  • Repairing Faces

Lesson 4: Parting Lines and Shut-Off Surfaces

  • Case Study: Mixer Base 
  • Draft Analysis Options 
  • Parting Line 
  • Core and Cavity Surfaces 
  • Shut-Off Surfaces 
  • Parting Surface 
  • Tooling Split 
  • Seeing Inside the Mold 
  • Case Study: Splitting a Part

Lesson 5: Repairs and Surfaces

  • Case Study: Plastic Bezel of a Cordless Drill 
  • Creating New Drafted Faces 
  • Interlock Surfaces

Lesson 6: Using Surfaces

  • Surfaces in Mold Making 
  • Case Study: Router Bottom 
  • The Mixer 
  • Case Study: Mixer Handle 
  • Case Study: Manual Parting Surface

Lesson 7: Reusable Data

  • Reusing Data 
  • Design Library 
  • Task Pane 
  • 3D ContentCentral 
  • Library Features 
  • Creating a Library Feature 
  • Configurations in Library Features 
  • Case Study: Water Line 
  • Smart Components

Lesson 8: Alternate Methods for Mold Design

  • Using Combine and Split 
  • Creating a Cavity 
  • Using Surfaces 
  • Using the Up To Surface Method 
  • Using the Split Method 
  • Manually Creating Shut-off Surfaces

Lesson 9: Making a Complete Mold

  • Case Study: Making A Complete Mold 
  • Developing a Plan 
  • Modeling Repairs 
  • Mold Split Folders 
  • Runners and Gates 
  • Side Cores 
  • Ejector Pins 
  • Core Pins 
  • Creating Individual Parts 
  • Mold Base 
  • Organizing the Assembly 
  • Modifying the Lifters 
  • Ejector Pins 
  • Cooling the Mold 
  • Making the Drawing 
  • Making Changes 
  • Completing the Process