What is SOLIDWORKS Plastics software?
SOLIDWORKS® Plastics makes it easy for companies that design plastic parts or injection molds to predict and avoid manufacturing defects during the earliest stages of design, eliminating costly rework, improving quality, and accelerating time-to-market.
Intuitive workflow and design advice
SOLIDWORKS Plastics works directly on your 3D model, avoiding translation issues. You see the impact of design changes right away. Powerful and fast state-of-the-art meshing covers geometries from thin-walled parts to very thick and solid parts.
An intuitive interface leads you step by step. Guided analysis, intelligent defaults, and automated processes ensure correct setup, even if you rarely use simulation tools. The SOLIDWORKS Plastics material database contains thousands of commercial plastics and is fully customizable.
Part designers get rapid feedback on how modifications to wall thickness, gate locations, materials, or geometry can effect the manufacturing of their part, while mold designers can quickly optimize multicavity and family mold layouts and feed systems—including sprues, runners, and gates.
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SOLIDWORKS Plastics Capabilities
SOLIDWORKS Plastics provides technical insights to engineers during the design process so they can innovate while reducing costs and time to market.
"Evolve Design Solutions appreciates the excellent customer service, product knowledge and technical support provided by TriMech, our SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller (VAR).”
Principal, Evolve Design Solutions
“Our engineering processes are well defined and well documented. I can tell new customers with confidence that we’re delivering on milestones because we’re tracking our performance on speed and quality every day.”
Owner, Inertia Engineering + Design
SOLIDWORKS Plastics Features
Optimize your plastic part design process with a suite of easy-to-use solutions
Plastic Part Analysis
Intuitive simulation software designed specifically for Plastic Part Designers
The most cost-effective time to optimize plastic parts for manufacturability is during the initial stages of product design. Skipping this step often leads to an inefficient mold design with an extremely narrow “good parts” processing window, resulting in high reject rates and time-to-market delays.
- CAD-integrated: fully embedded in the SOLIDWORKS 3D design environment so you can analyze and modify designs for manufacturability while you optimize for form, fit, and function
- Easy to learn and use: takes only minutes to learn and does not require extensive analysis or plastics expertise
- Facilitates design team communication: web-based HTML reports make it fast and easy to communicate simulation results and design advice to all members of the design-to-manufacturing team
Mold Design Analysis
Intuitive simulation software designed specifically for Mold Designers and Mold Makers
SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional gives designers or builders of injection molds an accurate, easy-to-use way to optimize them. Quickly create and analyze single, multicavity, and family mold layouts.
- Avoid costly mold rework: ensure molds will work right the first time to avoid time-consuming, costly, and unnecessary rework
- Optimize feed system design: analyze sprues, runners, and gates to balance runner systems; optimize gate type, size, and location; and determine the best runner layout, size, and cross-sectional shape
- Estimate cycle time, clamp tonnage, and shot size: quote tooling projects quickly and accurately; size the injection molding machine for a given mold; optimize cycle time, and reduce plastics material scrap
Advanced plastic part simulation
SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium includes advanced simulation functionality that allows users to analyze mold cooling line layouts and predict molded part warpage.
- Cooling line analysis: Design and analyze simple or complex mold cooling line layouts
- Reduce time and cost: Optimize cooling system design to minimize cycle times and decrease manufacturing costs
- Improve overall process: Optimize part and mold design, material selection, and processing parameters to reduce or eliminate molded part warpage
SOLIDWORKS Plastics Packages
Three simulation packages to choose from
SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard
Ensure parts are manufactureable during the design process. Easy to learn and use, SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard is fully embedded within SOLIDWORKS CAD so you can analyze and modify part designs at the same time you optimize for form, fit, and function.
SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional
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 Premium
Includes SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional with advanced simulation functionality to analyze mold cooling line layouts, and part warpage. Optimizing cooling line minimizes cycle times and decreases manufacturing costs.
SOLIDWORKS Plastics Matrix
Compare the different versions of SOLIDWORKS Plastics software
|Capability||SOLIDWORKS Plastics |
|Ease of Use||●||●||●|
|Design Data Reuse||●||●||●|
|Parallel Computing (Multi-core)||●||●||●|
|Filling Phase (1st Stage Injection)||●||●||●|
|Instantaneous Fill Time Plot||●||●||●|
|Sink Mark Analysis||●||●||●|
|Ease of Fill||●||●||●|
|Pressure at End of Fill||●||●||●|
|Flow Front Temperature||●||●||●|
|Temperature at End of Fill||●||●||●|
|Frozen Layer Fraction at End of Fill||●||●||●|
|Packing Phase (2nd Stage Injection)||●||●|
|Runner Design Wizard||●||●|
|Sprues and Runners||●||●|
|Hot and Cold Runners||●||●|
|Density at End of Pack||●||●|
|Exports STL, NASTRAN||●||●|
|Export with Mechanical Properties ABAQUS®, ANSYS, DigiMat®||●||●|
|Baffles and Bubblers||●|
|Conformal Cooling Channels||●|
|Runner Domain Category||●|
|Sink Mark Profiles||●|
|Mold Temperature at Cooling End||●|
|Displacement Due to Residual Stress||●|
SOLIDWORKS Plastics Benefits
Easy to use software which will adapt to your business process
Boost product innovation
Grow market share and differentiate through groundbreaking product design.
Empower the engineering team with intuitive, powerful 3D simulation tools to compare design scenarios and new ideas to bring innovative products to market.
Decrease development costs
Reduce the need for costly prototyping by integrating virtual testing early in product development.
Reduce outsourcing costs by testing performance and functionality internally.
Improve production efficiency
Improve plastic part production performance, verifying part and mold designs in the earliest stages of development.
Make changes early
Reduce the challenge of determining how your part or mold design impacts manufacturing and how manufacturing will impact your design.