SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional
Which SOLIDWORKS Plastics package is right for you?
Why choose SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional?
Predict and avoid manufacturing defects in plastic part and injection mold designs, eliminating costly rework, improving part quality, and decreasing time to market.
Builds upon SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard to analyze mold designs. With easy-to-use tools you can quickly analyze single-and multi-cavity, and family mold layouts including sprues, runners, and gates, to estimate cycle time, and to optimize feed system design.
SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional Features
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.
SOLIDWORKS Plastics supports SOLIDWORKS materials and configurations for easy analysis of multiple loads and product configurations.
With 4,000+ commercial thermoplastic grades, you can browse and select the desired from the customizable built-in material library.
SOLIDWORKS Plastics includes these meshing features:
Wizard for mesh generation and analysis setup
Local Mesh Refinement
Global Mesh Refinement
Boundary Mesh (Shell)
Solid 3D mesh
The 3D Solver benefits from a multi-core CPU (multiple threads)
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.
Predicts the plastic flow pattern through the cavity at the end of fill.
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.
Displays the quality of the injection process with ‘confidence of fill’ legend.
User assistant for interpreting results.
Displays the maximum pressure to fill the cavity.
Displays the melt front temperature history.
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.
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 simulating both cavities in a symmetrical mold layout, saving computer time for the simulation.
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.
Automates the process of creating common flow control devices and components such as sprues, runners, and gates.
Quickly and easily simulate the impact of the sprues and runners layout.
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 mold.
Include the impact of mold inserts on the simulation
Displays volumetric shrinkage distribution at the end of fill or pack.
Displays density distribution at post-filling end to check the pack phase quality.
Enables you to export part geometry in STL or NASTRAN formats
Exports mesh, residual stress, fiber orientation and material data to run non-linear analysis.