Category Archives: Mold

How to use TopSolid Plastic Flow

Being able to quickly and easily run a plastic flow analysis on a part is critical to the accuracy of modern day mold design. Thankfully, TopSolid understands this.  This is because TopSolid understands manufacturing.  And the goal of TopSolid is to be a turn key manufacturing solution!

Define your material

IRemember to define your material for use with TopSolid Plastic Flown order to do a plastic flow analysis in TopSolid, you need to prepare the part correctly first.  This preparation can include describing the material being molded (minimum requirement), but also can include adding the runner and gates to the part as well.  The material definition must include material information from Cad Mould’s extensive library of plastics.

Wizards make it easy to use

It's easy to use TopSolid Plastic Flow with a wizardOnce you’ve defined the type of plastic, and applied the material to the part, you can send the part into a plastic flow analysis document.  When you get into the analysis document, an automatic wizard will run that will guide you through the steps you need to take to do a plastic flow analysis.  The wizard will walk you though selecting the injection point, ensuring that you have defined your material correctly and finally that you have the injection parameters set properly.

Sit back and watch the results happen

Learn how to use TopSolid Plastic Flow on a 2 cavity mold

Now that you have the analysis setup, it’s time to run the analysis.  Running TopSolid’s Plastic Flow by Cad Mould requires an internet connection in the US as it is a cloud solution.  This means that the calculation is done on the cloud which is great news for you! It means you don’t need a super computer in order to get the result!

Watch how simple it really is to use

In this video, you will learn the basics of how to use the Plastic Flow add-on module.  This module is made available by Cad Mould and runs inside of TopSolid.  The best part of learning the basics is that that is all you need to learn in order to use Plastic Flow!


Family mold split in a few minutes…Thanks TopSolid

Split Tips and tricks for TopSolidWhen you are working on a project around the house, having the right tool makes the job effortless and maybe even a little fun.  The same is true for designing molds. Working with a tool like TopSolid, that is designed to be a manufacturing solution, can make all the difference in the world when it comes to getting your split done quickly and efficiently.

In this video, I walk you through what it takes to make a very basic family mold split.  The parts are basic, but the process is sound.  Follow these steps for any family mold you make and it will always work out well for you.  I know some will argue that this is a silly sample as it is based on a couple of poker chips…but again the goal here is to teach you a process.  Pay attention to the process.  It is simple, repeatable, and the best thing is…it just works no matter the complexity of the project.

When it comes to creating core and cavities, it is a strong process that makes it possible to move quickly.  With TopSolid, our Split document allows you to control all aspects of your core/cavity split.  From shrink to over-molded parts there is no stopping the power of TopSolid. Check out the video and see for your self what a real manufacturing based cad/cam solution should look like.

Use an imported mold base with ease

When designing a full 3d mold you need the flexibility to work with any supplier of standard mold components. In this video, you will learn how TopSolid gives you the tools you need to get to the finish line quickly and efficiently. In this case you will learn how to import a mold base design from an outside vendor and turn it into a “smart mold base” by using the Mold Base Wizard.  A smart mold base is one that TopSolid’s mold automation works with fully.  For example, by running the mold base wizard to describe the imported components as a mold base, you allow downstream functions such as the ejector pin or water line command to work seamlessly with the plates.

Now this is a great Mold design software…

The following video was put together by our reseller in Mexico, CIMCo. Feel free to visit them here.  I think that they did a great job of showcasing the TopSolid solution for Mold design, simulation and manufacturing within this video.

Part of what makes TopSolid such a great platform is its continued focus to solve manufacturing problems for our customers. In the case of mold manufacturing doesn’t it make more sense to work with a solution that does 100% of the process within the same platform? This includes:

  • Plastic flow simulation
  • Core/Cavity creation
  • Full 3d mold design with standard components
  • Electrode design
  • Drafting
  • Cam
  • Document management (PDM)

Have a look at this cool sample and see for yourself why you should choose TopSolid as your manufacturing platform.

Core & Cavity Creation – Can it really be this easy?

TopSolid Core and Cavity creationWorking with software solutions that are not intended to do the job that you do is crazy. All you are doing is working harder than you need to work. Thankfully, TopSolid understands your needs. In fact, TopSolid was written specifically with manufacturing in mind.  In this video you will get a quick look at what I am talking about. In this sample, I start by importing a Parasolid file into TopSolid for a simple plastic part.  Then I show you all the steps needed to get the split finished.  And here’s the best part. This sample has internal shutoffs, a stepped external parting line, and the part requires a side action as well.  For most solutions, this is a lot of work. For TopSolid it only takes a few minutes.

Using imported core & cavity blocks with TopSolid Mold

LogoTopSolidAhhh…the life of a mold designer. The beauty of it, and the hard part about it, is that they never really know what they are going to have to deal with from one design to the next.

At TopSolid, we totally understand this.  It is why we have written TopSolid specifically to allow you to just do your job.  What do I mean?

In the following 5 videos, I am going to show you how to use a core and cavity set that was developed…dare I say…in another cad software!!!

To be super clear here.  TopSolid is THE BEST CHOICE for all aspects of your mold design.

But what I am working to point out here is that we don’t get upset when you try to work outside of our solution.  Here I am gently poking fun at all of the other Cad software’s that seem to just fall apart when you work outside of their scripted way of life. (You know who you are).

In the following videos you will see for yourself what I am talking about. Here’s what you will be introduced too:

  • Importing the core/cavity blocks from a 3rd party software
  • Defining them as core and cavity blocks in TopSolid
  • Sending the defined blocks into a TopSolid’Mold document and positioning them
  • Creating a multi-cavity layout (yes by using our automation on the imported parts)
  • Adding a standard DME mold base
  • Processing the core and cavity blocks to create pockets (again with automation)
  • Deciding that we don’t want pockets, but want to machine the blocks directly in solid in the A and B Plate
  • Catching and correcting a small mistake (To show simplicity)
  • Adding some ejector pins (again, more automation on the imported parts)

There is where I stop.  I think these videos do a great job of speaking for TopSolid.  But you be the judge!

Step 1 – Import and define
Step 2 – Include the blocks in a TopSolid’Mold document

Step 3 – Create a multi-Cavity and include a DME mold base

Step 4 – Make a change or two

Step 5 – Correct a mistake, and add some ejector pins