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Learn how to design high-quality molds and casts—for one-off prototyping or mass production—in SOLIDWORKS.

For thousands of years, molds have been used to form raw materials like clay and metal into art, jewelry, and tools. With modern plastics, software, and manufacturing technologies, it's possible to cast almost any object from a mold. This course is an introduction to mold design in SOLIDWORKS, for everything from one-off prototyping to mass-manufacture of a variety of products. Learn best practices for getting repeatable, high-quality results with 3D printing and CNC machines. Design consultant and instructor Tam Black also provides an overview of the materials available for at-home and industrial-scale molding and casting, and helps you understand which production method is suitable for your scale of manufacture.


  • What is mold design?
  • What you should know
1. What Is Mold Making and Casting?
  • Definition of terms
  • Design methodology
  • Overview of applications possible
2. Everyday Casting: Materials
  • Everyday casting—you've already done it
  • History
  • Materials
3. Design Considerations for Molding
  • Types of molds
  • Prototype molding components
  • What to avoid?
  • Designing a mold project
  • Molding possibilities
4. The Casting Process
  • Types of casting
  • Safety gear
  • Mold and box setup
  • End-to-end casting process
  • Casting possibilities
5. What Prototyping Processes Tell You about Full-Scale Manufacturing
  • Parting lines and flash
  • Material in, material out
  • Mold complexity, pulls, and placement
  • Fluid flow
  • Complex molding
6. 3D Printing and CNC for Molding and Casting
  • Why cast instead of 3D printing?
  • What is CNC and what can you do with it?
  • Picking your fabrication method
7. Other Applications and Processes
  • Blow molding and roto molding
  • CNC forms for vacuum forming
  • Press molding
  • Production at any scale
  • Next steps

Taught by

Tam Black

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