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How to Design Plastic Parts More Effectively with Fusion 360

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    Designing parts for the injection molding process often relies on experience and generic guidelines. Determining the needed geometry for design features can be very time consuming. In this session we will look at how this process can be streamlined by using Fusion 360 and its Extensions. The Product Design Extension includes tools for quickly adding common features, such as snaps and bosses, to Fusion 360 parts. Will these features work? Will the snap fail during initial assembly? Will there be sink marks if a boss is molded as designed? Fusion 360’s Simulation Extension tools for stress analysis and mold filling simulation help answer these key questions. Now potential issues can be caught and corrected early in the design cycle, when there is still time to react and costs of changes are relatively low.

    Key Learnings

    • Configure and apply Plastic Rules to a design, then interpret the Design Advice for a part.
    • Add common plastics features to a part, such as snaps and bosses.
    • Analyze a snap design for performance, including deformation during engagement.
    • Determine the mold filling characteristics for a part.