Content in this course continues from the 7
lessons presented in Plastics Standard. Plastics Standard is a prerequisite for
Plastics Professional/Premium and will typically be scheduled on the day before
Lesson 8: Gate Blush
This lesson introduces users to the packing
phase and how it is analysed within the software. Particular attention is paid
to the results in the gate location in an attempt to predict and under packed part
and/or the presence of Gate Blush.
Lesson 9: Packing & Cooling Times
Lesson 9 teaches the user how to generate
solid mesh, and further explains the stages involved with a pack analysis. The
user will also understand how to predict estimated cooling times.
Lesson 10: Reducing Cooling Times
Upon completion of lesson 10 the user will
understand how to optimise and reduce cooling time, and create multiple
injection locations on the cavity.
Lesson 11: Multiple Cavity Moulds
In this lesson, the user will learn how to
manage multiple cavity moulds within the software. We will also train you in
the runner balancing functionality (used to ensure both cavities fill at the
same time) and show you the sketched based runner tools.
Lesson 12: Symmetry Analysis
In lesson 12 the user is introduced to
using symmetry analysis to save computational time for a part with multiple
cavities. The user will create solid mesh runners using Channel Design, and
learn how to create local mesh refinement automatically.
Lesson 13: Valve Gates & Hot Runners
Valve gates and hot runner systems are
commonly used to improve the quality of the manufactured part or to improve the
manufacturing process itself. This lesson shows users how to replicate these
set up features within the Plastics software.
Lesson 14: Reaction Injection Moulding
Thermoset plastics are manufactured with a
totally different process to thermoplastics. SOLIDWORKS Plastics supports
analysis for both types of material and this lesson shows you what is different
when setting up your study for a thermoset.
Lesson 15: Using Inserts
Lesson 15 teaches the user how to simulate
over-moulding of plastic or metal inserts. They will learn how to define
cavities and inserts, assign materials to inserts and hide/show inserts.
Lesson 16: Multi Shot Mould
Often plastic parts are created by multiple
filling operations where the part is switched in to a different cavity between
these operations. The set-up conditions required to show this are detailed in
Lesson 17: Gas Assisted Moulding
The injection molding process can be used
to create hollow parts by injecting a second material (typically nitrogen) in
to molten plastic within the cavity. Users will learn how to set this up in
Lesson 18: Cooling Analysis
The penultimate lesson of this course
allows the user to understand the cooling process in the injection molding
cycle. The user learns how to run a cooling analysis and interpret the results.
Lesson 19: Warpage Analysis
In this, the final lesson of the course, the
user will learn how to run a warpage analysis and how to interpret the results.
Upon completion of the lesson the user will understand how to analyse the shrinkage
and warpage of an injection molded plastic part and identify the driving
variable for the deformation observed.