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Delcam (Windsor, ON) has added the Power Features parametric component to PS-Moldmaker mold design system for the 3-D design of injection molds for plastic components.

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Delcam (Windsor, ON) has added the Power Features parametric component to PS-Moldmaker mold design system for the 3-D design of injection molds for plastic components. The new release also offers an extra wizard for the design of mold locks, the ability to create stepped split surfaces in the Die Wizard, and faster creation of 2-D drawings from the 3-D model. This parametric component will react automatically as it is placed into an assembly, adding all the necessary fit-features to the connecting components. For example, if a mold designer adds an ejector pin to the mold assembly, the software will automatically create the corresponding hole features in the plates through which it passes. Furthermore, the tolerances between the various components are also defined automatically. Thus, a sealing-fit hole is placed in the die block and the necessary clearance allowance added to the holes in all the other plates through which the pin passes. In addition, the component maintains relationships in a similar way to parametric objects in other CAD systems so that, if the pin moves, all the associated holes move with it. However, the automatic creation of relationships makes the development of the design much quicker than other systems and also makes errors in the design process less likely.