An Introduction to Mold Design using SOLIDWORKS

This course teaches several mold making techniques, using automatic and manual processes to develop cavity and core components. Using analysis tools to develop optimal parting lines, while checking for draft and undercuts in your geometry. How to import and repair information coming from other 3D platforms. Also covered is creating complex multi-core molds with multiple parting directions.

***The videos are recorded using 2016 version of SOLIDWORKS***


Learning Methodology: Watch each of the course videos first as if it were a lecture. Repeat the steps of the video along with the manual, software and file set.

Develop Mold Design skills and capabilities through this course:

Main Topics Covered:

  • Mold Analysis Tools
  • Scaling for Material Shrinkage
  • Modeling Parting Surfaces
  • Automatic Interlocking Core and Cavity
  • Creating Complex Draft
  • Using Shut off Surfaces
  • Creating a Tooling Split
  • Filling Gaps and Repairing IGES surfaces
  • Undercut Analysis
  • Creating Side Cores
  • Designing Lifters & Using the Core Pin Command
  • Electrode Design & Manually Creating Molds

Your Instructor

David Brown
David Brown

David Brown has over twenty years of industry experience in a wide variety of manufacturing processes and environments. Everything from consumer products, custom millwork, electronic card assemblies, and large steel weldment fabrication. His roles have included Project Coordinator, Applications Engineer, Sales Designer, Shop Supervisor, Project Cost Estimator, Production Technician, and has filled several Team Leadership positions. Using a variety of CAD packages, including over a decade of SOLIDWORKS experience, his projects include high end restaurant equipment, acoustical enclosures for theaters and performing arts centers, and personal projects including residential home improvement and musical instruments. In addition to industry experience, David has a passion for education and has taught students in elementary, high school, and college level courses, and brings his knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to the classroom.

David is currently a Training Engineer for Hawk Ridge Systems working out of our Beaverton, OR office. When he’s not teaching SOLIDWORKS, he’s at the beach, hiking in the mountains, or making music in his home studio.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
It is a completely self-paced online video course - As soon as you purchase the course you have immediate access and the course access expires 1 year from the purchase date.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for 1 year - across any and all devices you own.
What does this course include?
This course includes access to the online self paced video series course and the file sets to use with SOLIDWORKS to follow along. This course includes a SOLIDOWRKS MOLD Design training manual. We recommend you watch the video first as if it were a lecture. Repeat the steps of the videos using the file sets and SOLIDWORKS software and pause the videos as needed.
Does this course use a manual?
Yes. Upon ordering this course, Hawk Ridge Systems will ship a SOLIDWORKS MOLD Design manual to you. The manual will arrive in 2 to 7 business days in the US, Outside the US shipping delivery times vary.
Do I need SOLIDWORKS software to take this course?
The video lessons are meant to be repeated and practiced. SOLIDWORKS software is required to practice the content in the course.
Is this a certificate based course?
This is a certificate based course. This course was taught by a Certified SOLIDWORKS Instructor and recorded specifically for a self paced class. The training manual is not required as all steps can be followed along using the videos. The training manual is for your reference and knowledge to enhance the course. To get your certificate for this class simply complete the course and then email along with your invoice# and we will email the certificate to you.
What if I need help?
You can send your questions to and we will reply to you.
Are there any discounts for this course?
If you are a Hawk Ridge Systems customer (with active subscription service on SOLIDWORKS), please email your Hawk Ridge Systems Account Manager and inquire about a discount for this course.
If I am unhappy with this course may I request a refund?
This course does not have a refund option.. All sales are final.

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