SOLIDWORKS Plastics

Why Choose SOLIDWORKS Plastics?

SOLIDWORKS Plastics allows for accurate simulation of the injection molding process, providing insights into potential manufacturing challenges such as sink marks, warpage, and air traps.

Engineers can optimize part and mold designs early in the development process, reducing the need for costly iterations and ensuring that the final plastic components meet performance and quality criteria.

The software includes an extensive material database, enabling users to choose from a wide range of plastics and accurately simulate their behaviour during the injection molding process.

With an intuitive interface, SOLIDWORKS Plastics is accessible to both design engineers and molding experts, facilitating efficient collaboration and enabling users to quickly grasp and apply simulation insights.

Integrated seamlessly with SOLIDWORKS CAD, SOLIDWORKS Plastics offers a cohesive design and simulation workflow, allowing users to easily transition from design to simulation and back, streamlining the plastic part development process.

By simulating the injection molding process early in the design phase, SOLIDWORKS Plastic helps reduce time-to-market for plastic parts. Engineers can identify and address manufacturing issues upfront, minimizing the need for costly design changes and physical prototypes later in the development process.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Packages

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard

Plastics Standard is an entry-level package suitable for users with basic plastic injection molding simulation needs. It provides core functionalities for analyzing the filling phase of the molding process, helping users assess part design and identify potential molding issues early in the development cycle. If your projects involve relatively straightforward injection molding simulations, Plastics Standard may be a cost-effective choice.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional

For more advanced injection molding analyses, the Plastics Professional package is recommended. It builds upon the features of Plastics Standard and introduces additional tools for simulating the packing phase of the molding process. You would be able to optimize Single & Multi-Cavity, Mold layouts including Sprues, Runner and Gates. This package is ideal for users dealing with more intricate molding scenarios and requiring a deeper understanding of the entire injection molding process.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium

The Plastics Premium package is the most advanced option, offering a comprehensive set of tools for highly sophisticated injection molding simulations. It includes everything in Plastics Professional and introduces additional capabilities like Cooling & Warpage phase analysis and Sink Mark Profiles detection. If your projects require in-depth analyses of complex injection molding scenarios, especially those involving part warpage, Plastics Premium is the most suitable choice.

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CAD INTEGRATION
SOLIDWORKS Native File
Associative with SOLIDWORKS
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PLASTICS MATERIAL DESIGN
4000+ Commercials Plastics
Customizable
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Meshing
Automatic
Boundary Mesh (shell)
Solid 3D Mesh
Global Mesh Refinement
Local Mesh Refinement

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

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

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Advanced Simulation Capabilities
Co-Injection
Multi-Shot
Insert Overmolding
Gas-Assist
Fiber Analysis
Reaction Injection Molding (RIM; Thermosets)
Birefringence
Valve Gate (sequential injection)
Cooling Line Analysis
Conformal Cooling Analysis
Warpage Analysis

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Results (partial listing)
eDrawing Support(New!)
Fill Time
Ease of Fill
Results Advisor
Nominal Wall Thickness
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 Residue

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