Your die is complete and in the final stages of the design review. One last item is customer approval for the end item of the mold die. Thinking back, the actual internal parts of this mold die were step files sent from an outside vendor. Production needs the design approved ASAP, now what?
The first thing to do is isolate the internal sections of the mold die. Open an Assembly Template and insert these Die Pieces. I usually change the color of these to keep them straight. In this case Pink is the right hand side and Red is the left hand side. Save this assembly file with a unique file name, I called this mold #2a.
Next, you will need to take a few measurements, height, length and width. Be sure to write them down, you will need them in just a minute.
We now need to create the “Die Inside”. To do this you will need to open a Part file and using the dimensions from the assembly, mold#2a block, we create a block the same size. Again I change the color to keep things straight.
Add the “Die Inside: part to the assembly mold#2a, and save.
We need to now save this assembly file as a PART FILE.
Next step is to Click Insert > Features > Combine
In the Property Manager, Under Operation Type, select Subtract.
Select the Die Inside Block as the body to keep. You can select a body in the graphics area or the Solid Bodies Folder in the Feature Manager Design Tree. For the Bodies to Subtract, select the bodies whose material you want to remove. Click show preview. Then Click Green check mark.
You now have a clear picture of what is on the inside of the die.
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By: Jackie Zachar, Technical Services Representative