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Tutorial: SolidWorks Mold Tools

By Stephen Nyberg on 22 Mar 21:37 26 answers 14 comments

Here is a simple Tutorial on using the Mold Tools in SolidWorks. For this tutorial we will make a simple basket and the corresponding mold. I used SoldiWorks 2012 and finished files made in the tutorial as well as the screen shots can be found on my profile.
This will not allow you to create a production mold but rather will introduce how to use the tools in SolidWorks.

If you are interested in learning more about injection molding (not SolidWorks specific) you should check out as they will send you a bunch of free stuff that will really help if you want to learn about injection molding. There is a picture of some the free stuff they sent me at the end of this tutorial.

26 answers

  • vaja jignesh v
    vaja jignesh v almost 3 years ago

    great tutorial dear this help very much for moulding

  • William
    William over 4 years ago

    Great tut Stephen even if it is for SW LoL'ss
    but very helpful and useful for many others to learn more about SW.

  • Steen Winther
    Steen Winther over 4 years ago

    Nice one Stephen. As much as I love SolidWorks, I have to admit that the mold tools are very basic to the point of being useless. Matt Lombard writes, in one of his brilliant books, that they are great for Frisbees and dinner plates but useless for more complex objects, and this is exactly right according to my experience.

  • karthi
    karthi almost 2 years ago

    Good Tutorial To learn Basics of mold... Thanks

  • Damjan
    Damjan over 4 years ago


    is there a free ebook for Injection modling for dummies we can get? I am from Europe so sadly i cannot order the book from the site you mention.

  • Daniel Flores
    Daniel Flores over 4 years ago

    i may have done it slightly differently.
    make the sides 7-8 degrees, and use sliding shutoff between the mold halves to form the holes in the sides.
    this would eliminate using cams in the mold to form the slots...thus reducing the cost of manuffacturing.

    will post a tutorial in the next few days

  • Noel Stalker
    Noel Stalker over 4 years ago

    sorry but I'm a total Solidworks noob. Where is the options button in step 3?

  • Simonr
    Simonr over 4 years ago

    Thanks Stephen - this was one of the biggest holes in my Solidworks knowledge! I've made a few molds - but done essentially the same thing manually. This is way easier!

  • reza
    reza over 4 years ago


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    syf over 4 years ago


  • Zaini
    Zaini almost 4 years ago

    nice job

  • hasri
    hasri over 3 years ago

    coll thanks mate's....

  • sandeep kumar
    sandeep kumar almost 2 years ago

    after completing how to move individual body. plz tell...

  • Stephen Nyberg
    Stephen Nyberg almost 2 years ago

    I used the 'move/copy body' tool. You can also download my SW file and explore the feature tree.

  • Sérgio Silva Freitas
    Sérgio Silva Freitas over 1 year ago

    Great tutorial, i follow it and everything goes well.

    Only miss the injection circuit.

    Thank you a lot.

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