This podcast covers the newest SolidWorks product, Plastics, addressing mold flow simulation that was announced at the beginning of this week. Topics covered:
- Introduction to Plastics
- User Interface
- Functionality and application
- Profession vs. Premium packages
- Miscellanious info
SolidWorks Plastics is a new offering that brings back simulation to the mold space inside of SolidWorks that was lost to AutoDesk back after SolidWorks 2007. You may remember when MoldFlowXpress was integrated inside of SolidWorks, which did very simple part filling simulation for free. There have been partner product like Simpoe or Moldex3D that have been available for SolidWorks users for years providing mold simulation tools.
Although MoldFlow was available for years as a 3rd party product, it's UI and workflow was difficult to use but was a standard in the space for SolidWorks users. SolidWorks Plastics brings that "easy to use" feel and adds some great high end simulation features to address common issues faced by mold designers.
I have yet to get this product installed to take it for a spin but it appears to be a great addition to the SolidWorks family of products and rounding out the mold design tools that SolidWorks provides on the CAD side. I am surprised it took this long to respond but working with Simpoe was a smart move and users will be in for a real treat in the mold space. ~Lou