SOLIDWORKS Plastics Fundamentals

SOLIDWORKS Plastics is a powerful injection molding simulation software that helps you optimize the design of plastic parts and injection molds. SOLIDWORKS Plastics is fully integrated with the SOLIDWORKS application.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics uses state-of-the-art computational fluid dynamics algorithms to approximate the continuum equations that govern the conservation of mass, momentum, and energy to model the processes of filling and packing. It incorporates advanced material models to capture the behavior of the plastic material as it cools and solidifies.

With SOLIDWORKS Plastics you can evaluate the final shape of the ejected part, due to flow-induced and thermal stresses, using finite element analysis.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Feature Advantage
Integration of CAD geometry with plastic injection molding simulation. No loss of accuracy when using CAD data from file formats such as STEP or IGES.
Direct application of boundary conditions on SOLIDWORKS CAD entities. Direct link between boundary conditions and the CAD part file. Boundary conditions are saved with the part file.
Ability to run different Plastics studies with different configurations of a SOLIDWORKS part. Bidirectional connection between plastics studies and geometry configurations.
Option to apply shell or solid formulations for parts. Faster simulation of thin parts with shells. More precise simulation of parts with complex shapes with solids.
Choice of solid tetrahedral, hexahedral, or hybrid meshes. Optimization of solution accuracy for advanced users.
Choice of fully automatic, semiautomatic, or manual meshing procedures. Optimization of meshing strategy according to part complexity.
Evaluation of results on the SOLIDWORKS part. Dynamic update of the part geometry while viewing the simulation results.
Easy integration of modified CAD model with existing Plastics study setup. Ability to modify the mesh, keep predefined study settings, and optimize the simulation.