SOLIDWORKS Plastics

Simulation Driven for Plastics Part Production

Designers of plastic parts and injection moulds will find that SOLIDWORKS Plastics provides intuitive injection moulding simulation as well as advanced CAE analysis. Quickly evaluate manufacturability whilst you simulate how melted plastic will flow during the injection moulding process, and predict any related defects on parts and moulds.

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Easy to learn and fully embedded within the SOLIDWORKS CAD environment, SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard allows you to optimise parts for manufacturability in the early stages of design, so you can analyse and modify the design at the same time as you optimise for form, fit and function.

Key Features

Can your part be manufactured?

In no time, detailed results plots such as Fill time, Part temperature and Sink mark checks give users the ability to see if the part can be made and if changes for structural rigidity or aesthetics need to be made to the part before time and investment go into creating a mould tool.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard - manufacturing your part

Where should we fill from?

Plastics Standard gives users the ability to make educated guess on gate locations using the automatic gate location tool. It allows users to quicky check and change gate locations to get the optimum fill for their plastic injection moulded parts.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics - where should you fill from

How do I communicate changes?

The advanced reporting functions give users the ability to display a detailed report of the complete filling stage of a part in either Word or HTML. Giving users the power to quickly show why changes should be made before extra time and investment is required.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional has all the basic elements of the Standard package and builds on it by providing anyone who designs or builds injection moulds an accurate and easy to use method of optimisation. Quickly create and analyse single-cavity, multi-cavity and family mould layouts, including sprues, runners and gates. Balance runner systems and estimate cycle time, clamp tonnage and shot size - all ensuring you optimise your design and avoid costly mould rework.

Key Features

What about Pack?

Plastics Professional allows users to understand what happens to their part during and after the packing phase of the process, giving users greater understanding of in mould stresses and how parts are likely to warp after packing phases.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional - pack

How do I get the correct runners?

The runner design wizard allows users to correctly place and select the type of runner required for their simulation. As it is wizard based, complex runner systems can be set up and generated within a matter of seconds.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics - Runners

What about specific simulations such as co-injection or overmolding?

Plastics Professional gives users the ability to run simulation for overmolding, co-injection, birifrigence, fibre analysis, multi shot, sequential injection, gas assistance and family molds giving users the ability to test multiple scenarios on some very complex plastic components.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional - Overmolding
SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium includes everything in the earlier packages with the addition of advanced simulation functionality that allows CAE analysts and mould designers to analyse mould cooling line layouts and predict mould part warpage. Decrease manufacturing costs by optimising your part and mould designs, material selection and processing parameters to reduce or eliminate altogether moulded part warpage.

Key Features

What about cooling channels?

Plastics Premium allows users to quickly and easily model up the complete injection mould including all cooling channels. This allows for users to gain a huge advantage to see how parts will react with the complete injection moulding process and see if the designed cooling channels extract enough heat to reduce warp within the part.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics - Cooling Channels

I need to know how sink marks will affect my part

With advanced sink mark analysis, users can see exactly how and where sink marks will cause defects on plastic parts. With this analysis users can gauge how deep sink marks will be and if they will affect the parts strength and aesthetics.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics - Sink Marks

What about warpage?

Warpage can lead to many part failing and a lot of designers don't know how their part will warp and potentially fail due to warp. Advanced warpage included within Plastics Premium can allow users to predict how warp will affect their parts and allow users to adjust their design to counteract warp during the injection moulding process.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics - warpage

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Matrix

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional

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Plastics Material Database

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General

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Meshing

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Simulation Capabilities

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Mold Geometry Support

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Analysis Types

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Webcasts Our technical team have put together a variety of pre-recorded short webcasts intended to give you an overview of particular features, functions and benefits within the software, either at a product level or within a particular industry sector. We’re adding to these on a frequent basis so check back regularly to see what’s new. Webinars If you like a more interactive demonstration where you can ask questions of the presenter, but don’t have the time to physically attend one of our demonstrations then why not register for one of our weekly webinars. A full schedule is maintained here on the website. Why not register with us to be kept up to date on new webinars added to the schedule. Request a trial We know that when making a purchase decision for a key piece of software of this kind you need to know that it’s going to be the right choice for the company. To ensure you’re making the right choice we offer a free trial of SOLIDWORKS for a limited period. Complete the form to register and one of our team will call you shortly to arrange your free trial. Request a demo Want to find out more about just how SOLIDWORKS or one of its partner products is right for your company’s needs then why not book a demonstration with us. Many of our technical team have industry experience that means they understand exactly what you need to achieve when using the software. Book a demo with us today. Attend a local event Like to hear what your peers think about SOLIDWORKS or hear how they are using it to resolve any issues they have? Or do you simply want to come along to see the software in action, have the chance to ask questions and hear what others are asking. Take a look at our event schedule to find one in your area. We’re constantly adding to this so check back regularly.
Easy to learn and fully embedded within the SOLIDWORKS CAD environment, SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard allows you to optimise parts for manufacturability in the early stages of design, so you can analyse and modify the design at the same time as you optimise for form, fit and function.

Features

  • Can your part be manufactured?

    In no time, detailed results plots such as Fill time, Part temperature and Sink mark checks give users the ability to see if the part can be made and if changes for structural rigidity or aesthetics need to be made to the part before time and investment go into creating a mould tool.

  • Where should we fill from?

    Plastics Standard gives users the ability to make educated guess on gate locations using the automatic gate location tool. It allows users to quicky check and change gate locations to get the optimum fill for their plastic injection moulded parts.

  • How do I communicate changes?

    The advanced reporting functions give users the ability to display a detailed report of the complete filling stage of a part in either Word or HTML. Giving users the power to quickly show why changes should be made before extra time and investment is required.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional has all the basic elements of the Standard package and builds on it by providing anyone who designs or builds injection moulds an accurate and easy to use method of optimisation. Quickly create and analyse single-cavity, multi-cavity and family mould layouts, including sprues, runners and gates. Balance runner systems and estimate cycle time, clamp tonnage and shot size - all ensuring you optimise your design and avoid costly mould rework.

Features

  • What about Pack?

    Plastics Professional allows users to understand what happens to their part during and after the packing phase of the process, giving users greater understanding of in mould stresses and how parts are likely to warp after packing phases.

  • How do I get the correct runners?

    The runner design wizard allows users to correctly place and select the type of runner required for their simulation. As it is wizard based, complex runner systems can be set up and generated within a matter of seconds.

  • What about specific simulations such as co-injection or overmolding?

    Plastics Professional gives users the ability to run simulation for overmolding, co-injection, birifrigence, fibre analysis, multi shot, sequential injection, gas assistance and family molds giving users the ability to test multiple scenarios on some very complex plastic components.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium includes everything in the earlier packages with the addition of advanced simulation functionality that allows CAE analysts and mould designers to analyse mould cooling line layouts and predict mould part warpage. Decrease manufacturing costs by optimising your part and mould designs, material selection and processing parameters to reduce or eliminate altogether moulded part warpage.

Features

  • What about cooling channels?

    Plastics Premium allows users to quickly and easily model up the complete injection mould including all cooling channels. This allows for users to gain a huge advantage to see how parts will react with the complete injection moulding process and see if the designed cooling channels extract enough heat to reduce warp within the part.

  • I need to know how sink marks will affect my part

    With advanced sink mark analysis, users can see exactly how and where sink marks will cause defects on plastic parts. With this analysis users can gauge how deep sink marks will be and if they will affect the parts strength and aesthetics.

  • What about warpage?

    Warpage can lead to many part failing and a lot of designers don't know how their part will warp and potentially fail due to warp. Advanced warpage included within Plastics Premium can allow users to predict how warp will affect their parts and allow users to adjust their design to counteract warp during the injection moulding process.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Matrix

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard

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Ease of Use

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Plastics Material Database

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General

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Meshing

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Simulation Capabilities

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Mold Geometry Support

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Analysis Types

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Advanced Simulation Capabilities

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Results

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Language support

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Computing

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Report Generation

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Webcasts Our technical team have put together a variety of pre-recorded short webcasts intended to give you an overview of particular features, functions and benefits within the software, either at a product level or within a particular industry sector. We’re adding to these on a frequent basis so check back regularly to see what’s new. Webinars If you like a more interactive demonstration where you can ask questions of the presenter, but don’t have the time to physically attend one of our demonstrations then why not register for one of our weekly webinars. A full schedule is maintained here on the website. Why not register with us to be kept up to date on new webinars added to the schedule. Request a trial We know that when making a purchase decision for a key piece of software of this kind you need to know that it’s going to be the right choice for the company. To ensure you’re making the right choice we offer a free trial of SOLIDWORKS for a limited period. Complete the form to register and one of our team will call you shortly to arrange your free trial. Request a demo Want to find out more about just how SOLIDWORKS or one of its partner products is right for your company’s needs then why not book a demonstration with us. Many of our technical team have industry experience that means they understand exactly what you need to achieve when using the software. Book a demo with us today. Attend a local event Like to hear what your peers think about SOLIDWORKS or hear how they are using it to resolve any issues they have? Or do you simply want to come along to see the software in action, have the chance to ask questions and hear what others are asking. Take a look at our event schedule to find one in your area. We’re constantly adding to this so check back regularly.