IMOLD EDM is an automated module for designing and managing electrodes and their holders to assist the manufacturing of detailed and hard to machine features on mold nad press tools.

Electrode design can be one of the most complex and time consuming task for any mold or die maker. IMOLD EDM offers a solution to reduce design time. Even the most experience electrode designer will benefit from the knowledge-driven automation provided by IMOLD EDM.

IMOLD EDM makes it easy to design 3D solid electrodes from flexible surface extensions. The software offers an easy to follow, step-by-step process and addresses all of the common types of electrodes to the most complex ones.

EDMBurn area extraction. After identifying the areas which need to be manufactured with an electrode, enclosing the area with a 2D or 3D boundary provides a quick and simple way to arrive at the required electrode geometry. Graphical face selection is also available to permit easy extraction of the more complex areas. Understanding that IMOLD EDM is a tool to compliment the experience of electrode designers, EDM combines automation with the ability to manually construct geometry and apply it to the electrode. This technology combination provides the user with the freedom to edit the design and ensures that it will always be possible to complete the electrode design.

 

EDMBlank, base and stock creation. The electrode base and stock are interactively added to the electrode or from a standard customizable library. Electrode name, material, burning operation type, identification marks, edge chamfers, position and rotation can all be applied. Any information added is automatically carried through the electrode project to the final report which, can be exported to PDF.

 

 

EDMHolder creation. Holders can be constructed manually by applying width, depth or height, or simply selected from an extensive library. Where access for the electrode is limited by neighboring surfaces, the holder can be offset from the centre of the electrode to provide enough clearance for the EDM machine to
operate. Dynamic animation and collision checking ensure that the complete electrode does not violate the part geometry.

 

 

EDM - DrawingsDocumentation.  Create and manage the electrodes, specify and control column content including stock size and export to PDF and txt. Shop floor documentation reports on all electrodes created with images and information relevant to burn location and electrode dimensions.

 

 

 

EDMElectrode design. An intuitive Property Manager guides the user through the electrode design process. Options are available for adding extension distance with multiple vertical, angular or tangential extensions. Streamlining electrode designs with solid and surface approach. At any point within the electrode design process, dynamic preview of surface extensions assists the design.

 

 

EDMElectrode management. The EDM manager provides the tools to effortlessly manage and toggle between the work piece, electrodes, multiple electrode positions, vertical, horizontal and angled simulation, choose documentation options.

 

 

 

EDMDatum and manufacturing. Specify datum on work piece and reference points on electrode blanks, lowest burn profile or reference options for easy referencing of burn location, travel distance and machine settings. Move along X, Y and Z coordinates, rotate blanks to optimize material.

 

 

 

EDMSimulation and collision checking. To ensure that the electrode and holder are correct, the electrode can be graphically simulated along its axis of operation. Visual checking will test for interference between the electrode and work piece.

 

 

The IMOLD EDM Advantage:

  • Electrode stock/blank sizing + positioning
  • Solid + surface approach to designing electrodes
  • Dynamic burn profile extraction
  • Tangential, linear + angular surface extensions
  • Vertical, side + inclined electrode simulation
  • Rapidly perform design changes

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With a decade of experience in Computer-Aided Mold Design, IMOLD for SOLIDWORKS stands out today as a leading software that delivers optimal solutions to the growing and complex needs of mold designers worldwide. Quite rightly, not many know mold designers as much as IMOLD does.

 
IMOLD for SOLIDWORKS is a powerful, completely SOLIDWORKS integrated CAMD tool for streamlining and automating the mold design process. Leveraging SOLIDWORKS, it captures the process specific knowledge of mold engineering to provide designers with expert, highly efficient design tools and step by step guide for the complete mold design process. IMOLD delivers high level of productivity as mold designers can easily produce preliminary and production design at radically short time. Besides greatly shortening the lead time for design, IMOLD also offers unparalleled integration to exisitng manufacturing systems to dramatically reduce the mold delivery schedule.
 

IMOLD is now significantly enhanced to best meet the industry's requirements of today and beyond! IMOLD provides mold design professionals with the critical design and productivity edge by combining its legendary powerful mold design suite with new functionalities and all round enhancements to provide greater automation, intuitiveness and enhanced user experience. What's more, the optimised system resource management in IMOLD now allows professional designers to work on large mold assemblies without being hampered by slow system processes. IMOLD sets apart from its competition in its ability to truly help designers in their quest to achieve highest level of productivity while meeting the strictest quality mold design standards.

 

With IMOLD automated mold design process, designers are ensured of enhanced productivity gains leading to faster design turn around time and lower design cost. For example, IMOLD 'learns' and 'collaborates' with users when designing core/cavity via Split-Wizard - identifying parting lines, patching holes, creating run-offs within a single interface. IMOLD dynamic draft analysis optimizes molding direction and least straddle faces. IMOLD automatically generates drawings of movable/fixed half views, core/cavity views, part drawings with sectioning and dimensioning. What's more, the drawing viewer may be set to show user defined views. with these automations, designers are able to drastically reduce mold design time so that the designs are completed in hours not weeks.

In order to ensure that designers always remain in full control of their work within their set preferences, the highly guided and automated environment in IMOLD is complemented with options for manual operations to meet designers' specific needs or preferred approaches. IMOLD works in concert with designers and makes possible for the blending of automation and manual operations to bring out the best in the designers according to their individual skills, experience and preferences. IMOLD therefore suits beginners as well as more experienced and competent mold designers alike.

 

IMOLD offers designers intuitive work flow that mirrors their thought processes. The intuitive workflow predicts which tools users will need in the context of the specific task they are undertaking and makes them readily available. By providing required fuctionalities when and where they want it, designers can therefore focus on their design work and do not get distracted in searching for required tools.

For example to assist designers with the creation of the core and cavity, a whole new separate tool bar for part level, extracted from main Core & Cavity Builder Toolbar is now included in IMOLD. All related functions such as Parting Lines, Parting Surfaces, Sidecore Surfaces, and Insert Sidecore are well positioned to allow for smooth and easy operations thereby enhancing users' productivity and overall experience.

IMOLD has successfully captured the design intent and workflow process of designers allowing them to place greater attention to other critical design concerns. Designers can now devote more time and energy to ensure overall design objectives are met.