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Phantom Steel is not a super-hero! (CAD Animation might be, though.)

Posted by John Agoglia on Fri, Feb 06, 2015

Phantom Steel is not a new breed of super hero. If anything, it’s more like a villain. super hero bending steel resized 600

Phantom Steel is that area in a mold design where the lifter clears the plastic part, but hits the steel of the mold. It’s sneaky. It doesn’t show up when looking at a static image of the mold in either starting or traveled position.

So how do you know it’s even there?

You could have super-hero-like vision and see Phantom Steel without actually watching a mold travel.

Or, you could use your spidey-sense to tell you that Phantom Steel is about to happen and it needs to be stopped.

Or, you could use CAD animation to catch the caper before it causes chaos. You know, the fallout that comes from spending too much time and money creating a mold, only to find out you need to make it again to account for that itsy-bitsy problem called Phantom Steel.

Or use CAD animation to foil any other number of problems you can’t see unless you animate your CAD design.

Mold design takes many skills and talents, but being a super hero isn’t one of them.

You don’t need superhuman strength to reduce mold repair and redesign costs. You don’t need a sixth sense to get rid of manufacturing delays. And you certainly don’t need an alter-ego to stop embarrassing results at customer try-outs. Just do it right the first time and save time and money by making CAD animation part of your mold design process. 

Want to see other ways CAD animation can help with your mold design process? Check out this recorded webinar for useful hints and tips

Topics: Direct CAD, CAD for Mold design, CAD Animation