Tool Design Process
When starting with a white screen on the CAD software, the designer first considers the best orientation of the component in the tool. If the tool is not oriented correctly it can result in unsightly marks such as gates and ejector pin witness lines on seen faces of the component that are aesthetically important.
Parting lines, gate and ejector pin locations are determined, often in consultation with the customer.
If necessary a mold flow analysis can be performed to predict cavity fill time, cooling time, warpage, weld lines, sinks, hot spots on the tool. Experiments can be conducted during this process (before metal is cut) to optimize component and tool design.