Mold Design

Written by Adam Blau
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Manufacturers in all areas of industry make use of molds to shape their unique pieces and components for production. Plastic injection molds, for example, provide manufacturers with a precise way to engineer complex parts and pieces for their products. The precision offered by mold production is critical for most industries, as the final products shaped by the molds will be uniform and exact, allowing for interchangeability and smooth compatibility.

Using CAD Software for Mold Design

In order to design the molds, manufacturing companies will need some type of computer-aided design (CAD) application. Such an application will allow the mold to be designed with 3D rendering capabilities, allowing the user to rotate, swivel, examine and shape the item as if it were in the palm of his or her hand. The precision afforded by CAD tools is integral to the workings of mold design.

Associative design is vital in the construction of molds. This means that the parts produced by different sets of molds should fit and be able to interact with one another successfully. By employing the use of the right 3D solid modeling software, a designer can ensure that the molds produced will be completely compatible with one another.

It is also important to ensure that the mold design software used by firms is able to produce accurate and clear illustrative renderings of the molds. Such renderings are used in innumerable areas of industry, from patent applications to the actual production of complementary pieces for the components constructed by the molds. The right CAD software will enable a user to produce these physical renderings easily and precisely.


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