Learn manual mold creation techniques and Mold Tools



PREREQUISITES:  We recommend completing the SOLIDWORKS Advanced Part Modeling course.

DESCRIPTION:  Mold Design Using SOLIDWORKS teaches you several manual mold creation techniques and how to use the Mold Tools in SOLIDWORKS mechanical design automation software.

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Lesson 1: 
surface concepts and imported geometry 

  • Course Overview  
  • Hide/Show Tree Items 
  • Accessing Commands 
  • Importing Data 
  • 3D Model Types 
  • Definitions 
  • Case Study: Solids vs. Surfaces 
  • Creating Solids From Surfaces 
  • Decomposing a Solid into Surfaces 
  • Additional Surface Concepts 
  • Importing Mold Design 
  • File Translation 
  • Why Do Imports Fail? 
  • SOLIDWORKS Import Options 
  • Case Study: Repairing and Editing Imported Geometry 
  • Procedures for Rebuilding Fillets 

Lesson 2: 
core and cavity

  • Core and Cavity Mold Design 
  • SOLIDWORKS Mold Tools 
  • Case Study: Camera Body  
  • Mold Analysis Tools 
  • Analyzing Draft on a Model 
  • Using the Draft Analysis Tool  
  • Draft Analysis Options 
  • Adding Draft  
  • Scaling the Model 
  • Establish the Parting Lines 
  • Shut-Off Surfaces  
  • Creating the Parting Surface 
  • Surface Bodies 
  • Creating the Mold Tooling 
  • Seeing Inside the Mold 
  • Interlocking the Mold Tooling 
  • Creating Part and Assembly Files 

Lesson 3: 
side cores and PINS

  • Additional Mold Tooling 
  • Case Study: Power Saw Housing 
  • Trapped Molding Areas 
  • Side Cores 
  • Feature Freeze 
  • Lifters 
  • Core Pins 
  • Manual Selction Techniques 
  • Case Study: Mixer Base 
  • Modifying Shut-Off Surfaces 
  • Completing the Tooling 

Lesson 4: 
advanced parting lines

  • Case Study: Manual Parting Line 
  • Case Study: Splitting a Part 
  • Exercise 9: Peeler 

Lesson 5: 
Creating Custom Surfaces For Mold Design 

  • Surfaces in Mold Making 
  • Case Study: Plastic Bezel of a Cordless Drill 
  • Creating New Drafted Faces 
  • Interlock Surfaces 
  • Case Study: Router Bottom 

Lesson 6: 
Advanced Surfacing for Mold Design 

  • Surface Modeling for Mold Design 
  • The Mixer 
  • Case Study: Mixer Rear Housing 
  • Case Study: Mixer Handle 

Lesson 7: 
alternate methods for mold design

  • Alternate Methods for Mold Design 
  • Case Study: Using Combine and Split 
  • Creating a Cavity 
  • Case Study: Cavity 
  • Case Study: Using Surfaces 
  • Techniques for Mold Tooling 

Lesson 8: 
reusable data

  • Reusing Data 
  • Task Pane 
  • SOLIDWORKS Resources 
  • Design Library  
  • File Explorer 
  • Case Study: 3D ContentCentral  
  • Library Features  
  • Case Study: Create A Library Feature 
  • Configurations in Library Features 
  • Case Study: Water Line 
  • Smart Components 

Lesson 9: 
completing the mold base 

  • Case Study: Mold Base 
  • Organizing the Assembly 
  • Modifying the Lifters 
  • Iifter Motion 
  • Ejector Pins 
  • Cooling the Mold 
  • Making the Drawing 
  • Making Changes 
  • Completing the Process 

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