Plastic part design is the process and skill of balancing the unique material properties of plastic and the demands of molding with the characteristics and requirements of the product being designed.
Industry has made eager use of this lightweight, moldable material to cut manufacturing costs, improve consumer appeal, and reduce everything from the usage of scarce natural resources to the number of dings on the driver-side door. Not bad for a material that found its first commercial application in the mid-19th century.
And yet despite plastic’s promise, it can be difficult and time-consuming to work with – as anyone knows who’s been faced with a bad mold or the results of a seemingly haphazard injection process. That’s why PTC Creo Parametric has core 3D CAD capabilities in plastic part design and molding so you can make the most of plastic’s creative potential and get your part right the first time. Choose from a wide selection of geometry creation tools along with those for basic analysis.
When you want to add detailed capabilities for manufacturing, PTC Creo Parametric offers several extensions to optimize your plastic part design for mold-making, production and assembly operations. A well-designed mold can produce accurate uniform parts consistently with fast cycle time, ultimately keeping manufacturing costs down, revenue up and throughput high. It’s a durable and potent source of competitive advantage.
PTC Creo Mold Analysis Extension (CMA): This extension gives you reliable and easy-to-understand analysis data. Powerful simulation capabilities allow you to see just how the mold will function when the molten plastic is poured in.
PTC Creo Tooling Design Extension (TDX): Even the occasional user can create single-cavity and multi-cavity molds and casts with ease. How? This extension steps you through the process, giving feedback and advice on the design. That’s less rework and redesign for you and a quicker, cheaper path to successful design of complex tooling.
PTC Creo Expert Moldbase Extension (EMX): With PTC Creo EMX users can create moldbase layouts in a familiar 2D environment and automatically generate a 3D model to get the benefits of 3D design. The resulting 3D models are then used for interference checking during mold opening, as well as for automatic generation of deliverables such as production detail drawings and BOMs.
PTC Creo Complete Mold Design Extension: Designed for specialized mold assembly creation, this package bundles PTC Creo TDX and PTC Creo EMX.
The PTC Creo Mold Analysis Extension allows users to quickly and accurately analyze and optimize designs requiring plastic injection molding within the PTC Creo Parametric user interface.