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The SOLIDWORKS Plastics course teaches you how to use specialized simulation software tools to predict how melted plastic flows during the injection molding process. Predicting how the plastic will flow enables you to predict manufacturing defects such as weld lines, air traps, short shots, and sink marks. By predicting these defects, you can change the part or mold geometry, the processing conditions, or the plastic material itself to eliminate or minimize them, saving energy, material, time, and money. The SOLIDWORKS Plastics course covers all the features and functions of both SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional (for part designers) and SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium (for mold designers).

Prerequisites : SOLIDWORKS Essentials and a fundamental knowledge of plastic materials, plastic part design, and/or injection mold design

Who should attend: All SOLIDWORKS Plastics users wanting a bettter understanding of SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional and SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium

Length: 1.5 days

Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Topics Covered:


  • About This Course
  • Use of Color

Basic Flow Analysis

  • Basic Flow Analysis
  • Stages in the Process
  • Element Types
  • Meshing
  • The Plastics Manager Tree
  • Input Options
  • Injection Location
  • Running a Flow Analysis
  • Flow Results

Detecting Air Traps

  • Detecting Air Traps
  • Stages in the Process
  • Air Traps
  • Switching Modes for Design Changes
  • Design Changes
  • Parts Created Using Mold Design Tools

Detecting Short Shots

  • Detecting Short Shots
  • Stages in the Process
  • File Settings
  • Flow Font Central Temperature

The Model Manager

  • The Model Manager
  • Stages in the Process
  • Using the Model Manager
  • Copying Parts and Results
  • Batch Manager
  • Summary and Report

Injection Locations and Sink Marks

  • Injection Locations and Sink Marks
  • Stages in the Process
  • Injection Location Rules
  • Sink Marks

Multiple Cavity Molds

  • Multiple Cavity Molds
  • Stages in the Process
  • Mirroring Cavities
  • Sketching Runners
  • Runner Design
  • X-Y Plots


  • Runner-Balancing
  • Stages in the Process
  • Local Refinement of Mesh
  • Using Runner-Balancing

Gate Freeze

  • Gate Freeze
  • Stages in the Process
  • Solid Mesh
  • Pack Settings
  • Flow and Pack Analysis
  • Pack Results

Optimizing Cooling Time

  • Optimizing Cooling Time
  • Stages in the Process
  • Multiple Injection Locations

Using Inserts

  • Using Inserts
  • Stages in the Process
  • Cavities and Inserts
  • Materials for Inserts

Mesh Repairs

  • Mesh Repairs
  • Stages in the Process
  • Element Issues
  • Edit Mesh

Warpage Analysis

  • Warpage Analysis
  • Stages in the Process
  • Shrinkage and Warpage
  • Warp Settings
  • Flow, Pack and Warp Analysis
  • Warp Results

Cooling Analysis

  • Cooling Analysis
  • Stages in the Process
  • Cooling
  • Cool Settings
  • Cool Analysis
  • Cool Results

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