Many manufacturers use plastic injection molding to create cases for phones. A practical application of SolidWorks Plastics is using it to assess the manufacturability of these plastic cases. You too can design your own case that fits the iPhone 5 and then run an analysis to see how easy (or hard) it is to make.
The video below demonstrates how to mesh a case designed for the iPhone 5. The different types of mesh are analyzed and compared. Additional meshing options are explained.
For additional information on mesh types and when to use which one, open this file. (You need a web browser capable of displaying .mht files such as Internet Explorer or Opera)
Click here to download my SolidWorks model of the iPhone 5.
Click here to download the cases I designed for the iPhone 5 and the rendered pictures.
In the next blog post, I will explain how to interpret the results of the analysis.