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SOLIDWORKS Elite Specialists

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Pro & Premium Simulation Training Agenda

Length: 2 days

  • Content in this course follows the 7 lessons presented in SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard Simulation. Plastics Standard is a prerequisite for Plastics Professional/Premium and will typically be scheduled on the day before this event.

Plastics Professional immediately gives plastic part designers or manufactures the ability to simulate more of the injection moulding process from the initial fill up to the part being ejected. A significant amount of additional set up functions are included with this level of the software and they are all detailed in the training content.

Plastics Premium gives users the full picture and introduces simulation of the cooling channels and their performance within the tool, and also the predicted part deformation or warpage. These two new analysis capabilities are fully detailed in the closing lessons of this training course.


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 this event.

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 this lesson.

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 17.

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.