Ease of Use
SOLIDWORKS Plastics is fully embedded in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD for ease of use and data integrity. Using the same user interface (UI) as SOLIDWORKS in toolbars, menus, and context-sensitive right-click menus ensures rapid familiarization. Built-in tutorials and searchable online help aid learning and troubleshooting.
Design Data Reuse
SOLIDWORKS Plastics supports SOLIDWORKS materials and configurations for easy analysis of multiple loads and product configurations.
Plastics Material Database
With 4,000+ commerical thermoplastic grades, you can browse and select the desired from the customizable built-in material library.
A quick and robust mesh will allow you to gain accurate insight into your part's manufacturability while maximizing your design time in SOLIDWORKS. With assisted mesh creation available, you will be able to gear up for manufacturing with confidence in your design.
Parallel Computing (Multi-core)
The 3D Solver benefits from a multi-core CPU (multiple-threads).
Filling Phase (1st Stage Injection)
Predicts how material fills the cavity. Results include distributions of pressure and temperature within the cavity, and detection of potential short shots and weld lines.
Automated Gate Selection
Choosing the location for material injection to the mold cavity is made easy with SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard. The guided analysis setup can be used to allow the software to determine the best location for material injection. Automatic gate selection can eliminate any guess work in determining the best material delivery location for your part.
Instantaneous Fill Time Plot
Predicts the plastic flow pattern through the cavity at the end of fill.
Sink Mark Analysis
Predicts the depth of sink marks after the part has been ejected and cooled to room temperature.
Results can be exported to eDrawing.
Time needed to fill the whole mold.
Ease of Fill
Displays the quality of the injection process with 'confidence of fill' legend.
Advanced result capabilities will offer clear background about the injection mold analysis.
Results such as venting pressure, predicted part warpage, and cooling line optimization help to guide the mold designer in making quick changes, and produce the best quality mold tools in their industry.
Nominal Wall Thickness Adviser
Analyzes the part thickness and locates the high thickness ratio.
Pressure at End of Fill
Displays the maximum pressure to fill the cavity.
Flow Front Temperature
Displays the melt front temperature history.
Temperature at End of Fill
Displays the Cavity Temperature field at the end of fill.
Displays the shear rate reached at the end of fill to check the injection process quality.
Estimates cooling time at fill time analysis.
Displays weld lines formed at locations of the part where two (or multiple) melt fronts meet.
Shows the location where high pressure air may be trapped inside the cavity.
Displays the location of sink marks.
Frozen Layer Fraction at End of Fill
Displays the fraction of frozen material into the part at end of fill.
Displays the minimum clamp force for the current injection process.
Displays the cycle time for the current injection process.
Avoid modeling multiple cavities in a symmetrical mold layout, saving computer time for the simulation.
Packing Phase (2nd Stage Injection)
Evaluates the material freezing process in the cavity. Predicts the temperature to evaluate hot spots, gate freeze, and cycle time. Distributions of pressure, stress, and shrinkage results are also available.
Determines the runner parameters to balance filling between parts.
Runner Design Wizard
Automates the process of creating common flow control devices and components such as sprues, runners, and gates.
Sprues and Runners
Quickly and easily simulate the impact of the sprues and runners layout.
Hot and Cold Runners
Hot runners are initially filled with hot polymer at the start of the filling simulation.
Simulates multiple cavities of the same part in the same mold.
Simulates a set of different cavities parts in the same world.
Include the impact of mold inserts on the simulation.
Displays volumetric shrinkage distribution at the end of fill or pack.
Density at End of Pack
Displays density distribution at post-filling end to check the pack phase quality.
Exports STL, NASTRAN
Enables you to export part geometry in STL or NASTRAN formats.
Export with Mechanical Properties
Exports mesh, residual stress, fiber orientation and material data to run non-linear analysis.