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SOLIDWORKS Plastics

OVERVIEW

SOLIDWORKS Plastics

SOLIDWORKS Plastics brings easy-to-use injection molding simulation directly to the designers of plastic parts and injection molds, as well as advanced CAE analysis. It simulates how melted plastic flows during the injection molding process to predict manufacturing-related defects on parts and molds. You can quickly evaluate manufacturability while you design, to eliminate costly mold rework, improve part quality, and accelerate time to market. A Results Adviser provides troubleshooting steps and practical design advice to help diagnose and avoid potential problems.

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.
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.
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.

SOLIDWORKS PLASTICS

CAD Integration

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SOLIDWORKS Native File Support
Associative with SOLIDWORKS
SOLIDWORKS-embedded  

Plastics Material Database

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4000+ Commercial Plastics
Customizable

Meshing

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Automatic
Boundary Mesh (shell)
Solid 3D Mesh  
Global Mesh Refinement
Local Mesh Refinement  

Simulation Capabilities

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Filling Phase (1st stage injection)
Packing Phase (2nd stage injection)
Automatic Gate Location(s)  
Instantaneous Full Time Plot
Runner Balancing  
Sink Mark Analysis  
Symmetry Analysis (New!)  

Mold Geometry Support

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Runner Design Wizard
Sprues & Runners
Hot & Cold Runners  
Multi-Cavity Molds
Family Molds  
Cooling Lines
Baffles & Bubblers
Conformal Cooling Channels
Mold Inserts

Advanced Simulation Capabilities

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Co-Injection
Multi-Shot
Insert Overmolding  
Gas-Assist
Fiber Analysis  
Reaction Injection Molding (RIM; Thermosets)
Birefringence
Valve Gates (sequential injection)
Venting Analysis (New!)
Cooling Line Analysis
Conformal Cooling Analysis
Warpage Analysis

Results (partial listing)

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eDrawings Support (New!)
Fill Time
Ease of Fill  
Results Adviser
Nominal Wall Thickness Adviser (New!)  
Pressure at End of Fill
Flow Front Temperature
Temperature at End of Fill
Shear Stress
Shear Rate
Cooling Time
Weld Lines
Air Traps
Sink Marks
Sink Mark Profiles
Frozen Layer Fraction at End of Fill
Clamp Force
Cycle Time
Volumetric Shrinkage
Mold Temperature at Cooling End
Displacement due to Residual Stress
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