Moldex3D is a sophisticated software program that simulates the plastics injection molding process. The viewer can easily see:
- how the material fills the mold,
- how the gate freezes off during the packing phase,
- what happens as the material cools,
- the direction and magnitude of part warpage,
- and more.
Part drawings are uploaded to the Moldex3D program and an animation is created to identify success and failures of the mold/part creation process. If a problem is identified, the mold drawings can be adjusted and the software can run the process again to see if the problems have been corrected.
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Our state-of-the-art 3D scanner measures the overall dimensions and intricately detailed areas of a plastic part to exact dimensions, down to a micron (1/1000 of an inch). The molded part is mounted to the granite table; the scanning arm gathers data using touch trigger, analog scanning and 3D laser scanning sensors.
Once this data is obtained, a point cloud is generated to show the shape of the plastic part. The point cloud can then be overlain onto the original drawing to insure that it is within its allowable tolerances. In a matter of minutes, a client can determine if the part will be in spec and be effective in its end use. And if it there are discrepancies, it is easy to identify exactly where it does not comply.
This is particularly helpful when the piece is a part of a larger assembly and features such as screw holes, snap fingers, and tabs needed to line up with other parts.
SolidWorks is a powerful software program that allows the Polymers Center to manipulate part drawings. With this program, if a drawing needs adjusting, we are able to do that on the spot. We are also able to extract valuable information, such as a solid part drawing from a mold cavity. Additionally, Solidworks allows us to manipulate current mold drawings including part, runner and cooling lines – or we can create completely new drawings.
With SolidWorks, the Polymers Center is able to help customers even more because we can show how changing the mold will ultimately affect the part.