For molds, embossing dies, nests, and welding/checking fixtures

Training Course Contents

The SOLIDWORKS Mold Design course teaches you how to quickly generate 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.

This training course will help you 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 Info at a glance

In-class 3 day course (6 hours/day)

Or Online 5 days (4 hours/day)

Intermediate/Advanced Level

Course Preview

Take a look at some of the models you will be creating during the course

Requirements & Benefits


At least 1 month using software

Able to take time out for training

Features Targeted

Molding Tools

Draft Analysis

Surface creation and editing tools

Skills you will acquire

Able to create a complete Mold

Able to create Library Features

Able to diagnose and repair errors

SOLIDWORKS Mold Design Lessons

The following lessons are included in the course

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


"The SOLIDWORKS Mold Design course taught me the latest tricks and increased my productivity."

— Leo Yu, FGL/KNT Precision Works Ltd.

"The course and training were excellent across the board."

— Doron Feldman, VSI

Training Methods

Choose from three different training methods available to you

SOLIDWORKS Group Training

Group/Public Training

Receive SOLIDWORKS training as a group in a traditional classroom environment.

Classes can be taken in one of our 12 training locations across Canada using SOLIDWORKS approved training content and methodologies.

  • Cost effective training method.
  • Leave the office to concentrate on learning.
  • Learn more through group questions and feedback.
SOLIDWORKS Online Training

Live Online Training

With our online training you will experience an interactive learning environment where you can give feedback, gain access to the SOLIDWORKS training files and get time to work on training exercises.

  • Online courses are typically half day sessions.
  • More effective than video based training, with recorded videos learners are often not as focused on the training and skip exercises.
SOLIDWORKS Onsite Training

Onsite at your location

Receive training at your place of work. This style of flexible training is perfect for teams or individuals who are faced with a specific challenge and require personalized courses with on-the-job coaching.

  • Use our state-of-the-art mobile classroom at your facility.
  • Bring your team up to a consistent level of knowledge by having them take the same training at the same time.
  • Benefit from flexible scheduling options.

Upcoming Classes

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