Capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Plastics

SOLIDWORKS Plastics is offered in three product bundles: SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard, SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional, and SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard

Includes the Fill analysis module. You can use this product to evaluate whether you can fill the part represented by the CAD model, which injection locations are optimal, or which material is most suitable.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional

Includes the Fill and Pack analysis modules. You can use this product to evaluate different process conditions, the required clamping force, and the required cycle time.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium

Includes the Fill, Pack, Warp, and Cool analysis modules. You can evaluate the complete injection process, including the cooling system inside the mold and its influence on the filling and packing processes. The deformation of the final part after ejection (during the Warp analysis) provides the most definitive evaluation of the quality of the complete molded part.

Upgrades from one product bundle to another are easy because they share a common installation procedure and user interface.

The following table summarizes the steps of the injection molding process included in each SOLIDWORKS Plastics product.

Injection Molding Step Physical Process Simulation Analysis Module
Plastication Melting of plastic material pellets and transportation of melted plastic through the nozzle. Not applicable
Injection Injection of the melted plastic material into the cavity of a mold. Fill
Packing Packing and compression of the melted material to compensate for shrinkage after filling of the cavity. Pack
Mold Cooling Cooling of the mold to cool down the melted material to a solidified state. Cool
Part Warpage Part warpage is the deformation due to residual stresses after the part has cooled. Warp