When you’re talking about universal best practices for designing parts for injection molding, there are a few that are simply unavoidable. At the top of the list, you’ll almost always find the requirement for draft angles for your parts. (If it isn’t draft angles, it’s probably uniform wall thickness, detailed here previously.)
Many times — perhaps even most of the time — the standard brown or translucent coloring of a resin for injection molding will suit the requirements for the finished part just fine. For internal parts, small components and the like, the function is much more important than the look of the part. Sometimes, however, the aesthetics and finished appearance of a part play a bigger role, and that standard, unattractive coloring just won’t cut it. Perhaps the part is an external component. Maybe it is being created for color-coded assembly. Or, you just want to stand apart from competitors in some way.
Shortcuts are not often found in manufacturing — in fact, the typically advisable response to any manufacturers offering you a shortcut is to take the quickest route away from them. That’s not an all-encompassing rule, however, especially when manufacturing software is involved. That’s what we’re here to write about today; specifically, shortcuts in SOLIDWORKS for 2016.