Learn How to Design Molds for Plastic Parts with Lynda â SOLIDWORKS: Mold Design
Mold design is a complex and challenging process that requires a combination of skills, knowledge, and tools. Whether you are a product designer, an engineer, or a hobbyist, you can benefit from learning how to design molds for plastic parts using SOLIDWORKS.
Lynda â SOLIDWORKS: Mold Design is an online course that teaches you the basics of mold design in SOLIDWORKS, from one-off prototyping to mass-manufacture of a variety of products. You will learn best practices for getting repeatable, high-quality results with 3D printing and CNC machines. You will also get an overview of the materials available for at-home and industrial-scale molding and casting, and understand which production method is suitable for your scale of manufacture.
The course is taught by Tam Black, a design consultant and instructor with over 20 years of experience in product development and manufacturing. Tam will guide you through the steps of creating a mold using a sequence of integrated tools that control the mold creation process. You will learn how to:
Analyze and correct deficiencies with either SOLIDWORKS or imported models of parts to be molded
Perform draft analysis, undercut analysis, and parting line analysis to ensure that the part ejects properly from the tooling
Create parting lines, shut-off surfaces, parting surfaces, and ruled surfaces to separate mold cavity from core
Create the tooling split and save each tooling body into a separate part document
Insert the new parts into an assembly and add other supporting hardware
Use surface modeling tools such as planar surface and knit surface to create complex shapes
Scale and move faces on imported models to adjust dimensions
The course also includes exercise files, quizzes, and a certificate of completion that you can share on your LinkedIn profile or download as a PDF. You can access the course on your tablet or phone without an internet connection using the LinkedIn Learning app.
If you want to learn how to design molds for plastic parts with SOLIDWORKS, enroll in Lynda â SOLIDWORKS: Mold Design today and start your free trial.
Why Mold Design Matters
Mold design is a crucial step in the development of plastic products. A well-designed mold can reduce material waste, improve product quality, and lower production costs. A poorly designed mold can result in defects, rework, and customer dissatisfaction. Therefore, it is important to learn the principles and techniques of mold design to create effective and efficient molds for your plastic parts.
How SOLIDWORKS Can Help You with Mold Design
SOLIDWORKS is a powerful and versatile software that can help you with mold design in many ways. SOLIDWORKS allows you to create and modify 3D models of your parts and molds with ease and accuracy. SOLIDWORKS also provides you with a range of tools and features that can assist you with mold analysis, creation, and modification. For example, you can use SOLIDWORKS to:
Import models from other CAD software or scan data
Check for interferences, clearances, and draft angles
Generate parting lines and surfaces automatically or manually
Create core and cavity bodies with a single command
Edit the mold geometry using direct editing or parametric features
Add cooling channels, runners, gates, ejector pins, and other mold components
Simulate the injection molding process and optimize the mold design
With SOLIDWORKS, you can streamline your mold design workflow and achieve better results in less time. aa16f39245