Mold Flow Analysis Software At Diamond Tool

We have invested in state-of-the-art mold flow analysis software, SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium, to give our customers a competitive advantage. “We are now conducting a basic mold flow analysis on all plastic injection molds we build to assure you that your mold will produce parts to specifications with a minimum of rework,” said Kent Smith, Owner of Diamond Tool & Engineering.

Read on to learn more about the software and the many benefits it has to offer when utilized during the design stage.

Optimize Part and Mold Design Early

Mold Flow SimulationWith SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium software, we have the ability to optimize mold designs for manufacturability in the early stages of product development – when the costs of making changes is low.

The software provides immediate feedback on design changes, including changes to the design of the part or mold, plastics material, or processing parameters. This allows a clear view of how simple modifications, such as in wall thickness or mold layouts, can affect the manufacturing of a part.

With this software we can specify injection mold machine size, melt temperature, mold temperature, and injection time. We then select an injection location and simulate filling the part with melted plastic. This simulation ensures the mold will completely fill with melted plastic and anticipates any manufacturing defects.

Being able to predict and eliminate possible defects avoids costly mold rework and makes mold-flow analysis so valuable.

Predict and Avoid Manufacturing Defects

The software offers advanced injection molding simulation functionality, which enables our designers to easily identify and address potential defects – saving resources, time, and money.

Potential problems are diagnosed and solved by the software’s capability to provide design advice along with troubleshooting tips. This powerful insight leads to better quality parts.

“You can quickly create and analyze single-cavity, multi-cavity, and family mold layouts, including sprues, runners, and gates. You can even balance runner systems and estimate cycle time, clamp tonnage, and shot size, enabling you to optimize feed system design and avoid costly mold rework.” says Bryan Amiot, Diamond Tool’s Project Manager.


The Best in 3-D Modeling

Built-in intelligence helps to accelerate the design process – allowing faster time to market.

The workflow is intuitive with guided analysis. The software shortens the overall design cycle by utilizing an automatic interference and collision detection feature to make sure all parts fit together before building a physical prototype.

Benefits to Designing with SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium

  • Eliminate costly rework;
  • Improve on quality;
  • Accelerate time-to-market;
  • Lower total cost of ownership;
  • Longer tool life; and
  • Highlight and avoid potential problems early including
    • Short shots;
    • Surface imperfections;
    • Burned parts;
    • Flash;
    • Warping;
    • Excessive shrinkage;
    • Flow issues; and
    • Cosmetics issues.


State-of-the-Art Technology Delivers State-of-the-Art Results

The mold-flow analysis software assures Diamond Tool’s customers that their plastic injection mold design will consistently produce parts before they cut steel. With higher process efficiency, our customers can lower their total cost of ownership, get to market faster, and enjoy higher quality products – a real competitive advantage.