SOLIDWORKS Mold Design Training – Learn How to Create a Mold

Article by Mike Walloch, CSWE updated March 1, 2024

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How to make a mold from a part or an assembly in SOLIDWORKS is a question people in multiple industries need answered. The SOLIDWORKS Mold Design training course is the best answer. In just 3 days you’ll learn how to use the features on the Mold Tools tab of the SOLIDWORKS Command Manager.

The first thing to know about the Mold Design add-in is it isn’t an add-in at all. The mold tools are available in all versions of SOLIDWORKS, just like the tools for surface modeling, sheet metal, and weldments. You just need some specialized training to use them.

Mold Design training course using SOLIDWORKS Mold Tools

SOLIDWORKS Mold Assembly

Mold Design Training – Overview

You can attend an in-person class, or a digital class through a web browser. In either case, the course content is the same. A live instructor, I or one of my colleagues, will be there the whole time. We guide you through the material, help you with hands-on exercises, and answer your questions.

Every student receives the information-packed textbook “Mold Design Using SOLIDWORKS.” It covers everything you need to know about the mold tools, as well as step-by-step instructions for each of the 9 lessons:

  1. Surface Concepts and Imported Geometry
  2. Core and Cavity
  3. Side Cores and Pins
  4. Advanced Parting Line Options
  5. Creating Custom Surfaces for Mold Design
  6. Advanced Surfacing for Mold Design
  7. Alternative Methods for Mold Design
  8. Reusable Data
  9. Completing the Mold Base

Many people ask if they can get the Mold Design book PDF file instead of a physical book. While there is no PDF version of the book, your physical book’s unique serial number does entitle you to one digital copy, accessed through a special viewer. You get both the physical book and the digital book if you want it.

Mold Design Training – Prerequisites

It’s important to understand going in that this is an advanced SOLIDWORKS course. The goal is to teach you to use the mold tools available in SOLIDWORKS. It’s not a general course on mold design. Experience with the Windows operating system, SOLIDWORKS, mechanical design, and specifically mold design is expected. These are the prerequisites listed in the manual:

  • Mechanical design experience.
  • Experience designing molds.
  • Completed the course SOLIDWORKS Essentials.
  • Completed the course Advanced Part Modeling.
  • Completed the course Assembly Modeling.
  • Experience with the Windows operating system.
  • Completed the online tutorials that are integrated into the SOLIDWORKS software. (Help > Online Tutorial)

Students with SOLIDWORKS training and experience equivalent to the courses listed above still benefit from the class. For example, if you learned SOLIDWORKS in school and have been using it on the job for a while modeling complex parts and assemblies, you should be ok. But ideally, students should take SOLIDWORKS Essentials, Advanced Part Modeling, and Assembly Modeling before Mold Design.

If you still have some prerequisites to knock out, check out our SOLIDWORKS Training Passport. It’s a flexible training bundle that can save you a ton of money!

SOLIDWORKS Mold Tools

The Mold Tools tab of the Command Manager is the easiest place to access the features commonly needed for mold making. There’s a lot of automation built into these tools, but a step-by-step process needs to be followed to use them. The tools are organized into 3 groups which follow the general flow of the process.

Some molds are designed from models created natively in SOLIDWORKS, but others are created from imported geometry. Some imports are better than others, so you’ll learn how to fix translation errors and prepare a model for mold creation. Though it can vary, the stages in the process generally follow this workflow:

  1. Diagnose and fix import/translation errors.
  2. Analyze the model.
  3. Modify the model.
  4. Scale the part to account for shrinkage.
  5. Create parting lines.
  6. Create shut-off surfaces.
  7. Create the parting surface.
  8. Create core and cavity bodies.
  9. Create additional tooling.
  10. Create individual parts and assembly files.
  11. Complete the mold assembly.

For more information about the course contents, or to register for an upcoming class, visit the SOLIDWORKS Mold Design page in our CAD Training catalog.

Mold Making Certification

The SOLIDWORKS Mold Design class will set you up for success and efficiency on the job. It’ll also help you add qualifications to your resume or CV with the SOLIDWORKS Certification Program.

We cover all the skills the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Mold Making (CSWPA-MM) exam covers. After the training and some practice time, this lifetime certification from Dassault Systèmes will be within your grasp.

SOLIDWORKS Mold Making Certification - CSWPA-MM Badge

Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional – Mold Making (CSWPA-MM)

Since some surface modeling is required for mold design, you’ll also have a leg up on the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Advanced Surfacing (CSWPA-SU) exam. So, the Mold Design class will be 3 days well-spent.

Conclusion

Mold design is a highly specialized skill within the much broader field of mechanical design. SOLIDWORKS mold tools make a mold designer’s job much easier with a smooth and intuitive user interface, automation, and the flexibility to conquer even the most complex parts. With a little training and help, going from part models to finished molds will be a breeze.

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Mike Walloch, CSWE

Mike Walloch is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE) and works as a Process & Training Consultant at TriMech