Hello all fellow mold designers,
Does anyone have experience using the MoldWorks add-in by R&B? By viewing the demos, it would seem to be quite useful, but it's nice to hear real-world experience.
Thanks Kevin, I saw this discussion earlier, which was back from 2009. I am told there have been some enhancements, but haven't seen any evidence in Forums if it's currently being used with success.
There are recent rreviews on them.
I think people try them then find something that works for them after the first subsciption.
Thanks again Kevin!
Hi Spencer. Don't know why you aren't getting any more responses on this, so I'll speak up. I was a very early MoldWorks user. I found it useful during a period when I did not have a readily available personal library of standard mold components. Of course it is much more than a component library since it has an entire system for getting everything put together and creating your mold splits. I stopped using it after a couple of years for a variety of reasons. I dropped it during a very lean business cycle when I literally did not have the money for the annual subscription and was too proud to ask for help from them with that. My wife thought I was busy because I went to my office every day, but what I was doing was building the `mother-of-all-mold-component' libraries. I was getting just enough work to keep bills paid and try out my library. I also developed a system for getting these components into my designs using standard SolidWorks features which is similar to what I learned using MoldWorks. I happen to think my system is more flexible than MoldWorks, less prone to crashes and handles major mold revisions more easily. I do think that MoldWorks is faster for certain standard designs. SplitWorks is also quite good for developing core/cavity splits, but I also have a system for that, so am doing very well using just the SolidWorks core.
The guy I knew there was George Berold and he is a super fellow! They do allow for a trial period. I recommend that you give it a try and report back to the forum with your experience. I know there is a wide user base-that's why I am surprised nobody else spoke up. I often get asked by new customers to revise one of their old designs and when I get it I often find that it was done with MoldWorks, so I know it is out there.
I agree with John.
If you Don’t have a library or your own system to work with it is a good product.
Seem most people start out with a program then after a year or so they develop something that fits their
needs and can be revised or changed easily.
We have a soilworks library of 13-14 years
Now we have a Moldbase setup, Cavity Split, and Elertodes also.
Thanks John for sharing your experiences. I think I remember reading a post by you mentioning that 'you needed to look busy because you were working from home with the wife right there'. I chuckled to myself after reading it. I totally understand. Unfortunately I don't have the time to build a significant library, but i have been building one up throughout the years.
My experience of designing custom molds for 15 years has seen very few 'standard' molds. I do see the need for flexibility for mold modifications over time, as the customer may want to change some things along the way.
Working with SW Pro has been okay over the years, but I feel I have been taking the long way around my designs and as we all know, it all needs to be done yesterday.
Thanks again John and Kevin for providing feedback!
MoldWorks is certainly out there - John thanks for the compliment
Just one thing - we have improved (in fact overhauled) the way we work with non-standard or user defined molds - so that they can be integrated within MoldWorks very quickly and allow the user to use the other tools available i.e. Component Creation, Heat Exchange etc. on the "imported" mold as if it where created from scratch in MoldWorks. This is good for legacy data or molds from other softwares.
Furthermore we don't tie you to MoldWorks - so everything we do is standard SolidWorks which allows you to stop working with MoldWorks at any stage and carry on where you left off without losing any information in current or past designs.
Of course we have added other functionality over the years and the possibility of a 30 day evaluation version requested through the following link www.rnbusa.com/index_eval.html
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