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SOLIDWORKS Mold Tools: 3D Printing a Mold

by Robert Murdock

This course will teach you how to design and build prototype molds for silicone parts using SOLIDWORKS Mold Tools and 3D printing. Software required: SOLIDWORKS.

What you'll learn

Want to test out your rubber part design without paying for an expensive one-off sample from a model shop? This course will show you how to do this. In this course, SOLIDWORKS Mold Tools: 3D Printing a Mold, you'll learn how to design a part so that it can easily molded and 3D printed. First, you'll start off with using SOLIDWORKS to prepare your design and making sure it will be easier to remove from your printed mold. Next, you'll leverage the SOLIDWORKS Mold Tools features Parting Line, Parting Surface, Shut Off Surface, and Tooling Split to create the core and cavity of your mold. Finally, you'll see how to use Smooth-On 2-part silicone rubber compound inside your 3D printed mold. When you're finished with this course, you'll know how to make your own injection molds in SOLIDWORKS, 3D print them, and inject them yourself to create accurate and useful rubber prototypes. Software required: SOLIDWORKS.

About the author

Robert Graduated from the University of Utah in 2014 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, Emphasis on Ergonomics and Safety. Before U of U He went to BYU-Idaho where he met his wife. Robert works in the consumer electronics industry designing waterproof audio products such as headphones, earbuds, bluetooth speakers, and their packaging. He earned his CSWE certificate while working as technical support for a SolidWorks re-seller. He specializes in surface modeling and working with imported data f... more

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