A few members of our simulation team recently attended a 2-day plastic injection molding seminar at California State University Chico taught by Joseph Greene, Ph.D. who is a Department Chair and Professor in their engineering department. This is a great seminar that has been attended by other members of the simulation team in the past. We went back to get some hands on experience in the injection molding process and to test whether the solver enhancements for SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2016 improved accuracy.
To set up the analysis in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2016, I started by creating virtualized runners from a sketch, specifying the injection location, and defined the same parameters used during lab:
Sketch For Runners, Virtualized Runners, And Injection Location
Fill Time: 30 seconds
Melt Temperature: 446 °F
Mold Temperature: 122 °F
Injection Pressure Limit: 7977.08 psi
The result for the injection pressure at the end of fill of 2732.88 psi, was close to the pressures we were seeing during lab.