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 2-day course covers all topics from the 1-Day class, but also delves further into more features of Plastics Professional, as well as features and functions of SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium (for mold designers).

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

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  • 01Basic Flow Analysis 
    Element Types 
    The Plastics Manager Tree 
    Input Options 
    Injection Location
    Running Flow Analysis 
    Flow Results 
  • 02Detecting Air Traps
    Stages in the Process
    Air Traps 
    Switching Modes for Design Changes 
    Design Changes 
    Parts Created Using Mold Design Tools 
  • 03Detecting Short Shots 
    Stages in the Process
    Fill Settings 
    Flow Front Central Temperature 
  • 04The Model Manager  
    Stages in the Process
    Using the Model Manager 
    Copying Parts and Results 
    Batch Manager 
    Summary and Report 
  • 05Injection Locations and Sink Marks 
    Stages in the Process
    Injection Location Rules 
    Sink Marks 
  • 06Multiple Cavity Molds 
    Stages in the Process
    Mirroring Cavities 
    Sketching Runners 
    Runner Design 
    X-Y Plots 
  • 07Runner-Balancing
    Stages in the Process
    Local Refinement of Mesh 
    Using Runner - Balancing 
  • 08Gate Freeze 
    Stages in the Process
    Solid Mesh 
    Pack Settings 
    Flow and Pack Analysis
    Pack Results 
  • 09Symmetry Analysis 
    Stages in the Process
    Case Studies 
  • 10Optimizing Cooling Time 
    Stages in the Process
    Multiple Injection Locations  
  • 11Using Inserts
    Stages in the Process
    Cavities and Inserts 
    Materials for Inserts 
  • 12Mesh Repairs 
    Stages in the Process
    Element Issues 
    Edit Mesh 
  • 13Warpage Analysis  
    Stages in the Process
    Shrinkage and Warpage 
    Warp Settings 
    Flow, Pack and Warp Analysis
    Warp Results 
  • 14Cooling Analysis 
    Stages in the Process
    Cool Settings 
    Cool Analysis 
    Cool Results