Mould Industry and Solidworks

Critical Business Issues

 

  • Economic down turn means mould makers must be even more creative and innovative – they must maintain their “edge” and even expand business offerings such as offering:
    • Product design services; DFM (Design for Mfg) knowledge
    • Rapid Prototyping services – ABS capabilities
  • Global competition                                                                 MOULD INDUSTRY AND SOLIDWORKS
    • Labour costs are lower in other parts of the world
    • Competition can offer faster fast turn‐around – more people at a lower rate
    • Competition is adopting better design and manufacturing technology ‐ CAD/CAM
  • Customers want better mold designs
    • Lower maintenance cost designs
    • More accurate molds
    • Shortened injection cycle times
    • Alternatives to hard tooling molds
  • Injection mold tooling customers demanding shorter delivery – customers want to be first to market with new products
  • Tool designers must react quickly to customer design changes without slipping delivery dates – can’t afford to wait until the product design is completely “frozen”.
  • How does the Solidworks CAD system integrate with my existing CAM system? Pain Points.
    • Time constraints and profitability
    • Finding a similar job
    • Dealing with customer design data
  • Tooling design
    • Validate that customer design is moldable
    • Parting lines and surfaces, shrinkage
    • Detailed drawings
  • Design changes
    • Effect of changes late in design cycle
    • Accurate BOM/assembly documentation
    • Revision control
  • Manufacturing
    • Need accurate 3D models for NC programming Camworks the first truly integrated system for Solidworks
    • Accuracy of machined vs. designed critical