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New Software Module Automates Mold Design.

Quicker and more efficient design of complex tooling assemblies is possible with PS-Moldmaker, a new software module that automates mold design. It comes from Delcam International Inc., Windsor, Ont. The module, used with Delcam's PowerShape modeling software, produces a 3D assembly of solid models from a CAD drawing and details the die cavities and all other components of the mold. Users select mold components from a wide range of standard catalogs. An interface for PS-Moldmaker, embedded within PowerShape, provides access to all the analysis tools within PowerShape, such as dynamic sectioning and wall-thickness measurement. Any non-standard mold component can be specified using PowerShape's modeling tools and manually added to a personal catalog for future use.

The new module includes a Die Wizard, which automatically finds the split line of the product model, creates split and run-off surfaces to form the two die halves, and separates the cavity with the split surface from the die block. The cavity impression can also be incorporated directly into the mold plates, without die inserts. Once the die and basic mold base are completed, the software lists a range of additional components and suggests sizes. The module automatically aligns each new component with respect to the existing design.
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Title Annotation:Delcam International Inc.
Comment:New Software Module Automates Mold Design.(Delcam International Inc.)
Publication:Plastics Technology
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Sep 1, 2001
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