Tutorial: SolidWorks Mold Tools

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 www.protolabs.com 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.

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This Tutorial was written "Barney Style" so even the most novice of SolidWorks users should be able to follow easily.

The files I created making this tutorial can be found here:
Tutorial: SolidWorks Mold Tools

Answered with a tutorial: https://grabcad.com/tutorials/tutorial-solidworks-mold-tools

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Thank you Stephen,
I wish more people would look in the tutorials here, instead of asking such stupid questions sometimes.
Grab Cad is a good community if only people would learn how to utilize it to its fullest potential.

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great tutorial dear this help very much for moulding

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It worked ^^
I made it in Creo Parametric 2.0
Same to this tutorial.

Answered with a tutorial: https://grabcad.com/tutorials/tutorial-solidworks-mold-tools--1

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

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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.

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Created in SW2014 SP4.0

Great tutorial!!

My question is how or where will the mold be injected?

Answered with a tutorial: https://grabcad.com/tutorials/tutorial-solidworks-mold-tools--2

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Good Tutorial To learn Basics of mold... Thanks

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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.

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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

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

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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!

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

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

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Great tutorial, i follow it and everything goes well.

Only miss the injection circuit.

Thank you a lot.

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