SOLIDWORKS Plastics Mold Filling
Manufacturers of products with injection-molded parts can resolve design and tooling challenges by performing accurate mold-filling simulations using SOLIDWORKS Plastics software. Rather than rely on time-consuming and costly prototyping and tooling iterations to improve manufacturability, injection-molding professionals can utilize this solution to cut time and cost from the process while simultaneously improving quality. To demonstrate the accuracy of SOLIDWORKS Plastics simulations—and validate the application’s viability for accelerating injection-molded part design and production—Dassault Systèmes initiated a project with the University of Massachusetts Lowell, one of the world’s leading plastics engineering research centers, to compare mold-filling simulation predictions with the results of actual physical tests. This paper examines the project’s findings, which validate how accurate SOLIDWORKS Plastics mold-filling simulations can streamline injection-molded part and tooling development.
Lighter parts. Less scrap. More affordable materials. Greater design flexibility. These are some of the reasons why manufacturers have increasingly turned to plastic materials to develop new products and why the use of injection-molding manufacturing processes has expanded every year for the past half century. Plastic injection molding manufacturing has grown from a niche application for producing simple products like buttons and combs to a strategic, sophisticated process for making a variety of components and products of increasing complexity in industries ranging from automotive, medical, and aerospace to consumer products, toys, and packaging.
As more of today’s leading manufacturers look to plastic materials to produce better alternatives to conventionally machined metal parts, the efficiency and quality of injection molding processes becomes critically important because more than 80 percent of plastic parts have to be injection molded. With more manufacturers leveraging injection-molding technology, companies that consistently produce high-quality injection-molded parts more quickly and at lower cost have a distinct competitive advantage.