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The parting plane is the contact surface of the stationary and moving halves of the mold that separate when the mold opens.
A newly imported model must be correctly oriented within the mold before an analysis can be run. When they are first imported, models are usually oriented so that the cavity side of the mold is oriented towards the sprue; however, the mold parting plane is in the X Y plane with the sprue entering the mold from the positive Z direction.
You can change the orientation of the model by using the rotate tool to rotate it about the center.
Defining the parting plane
The parting plane is the plane where the gates will be modeled, and is parallel to the X-Y plane.
- Click (Geometry tab > Mold panel > Set Parting Plane).
- Move the parting plane to the required position, in one of the following four ways:
- Click Apply to view your change, and then click Close.
Note: If you selected the Snap to grid option in the Grid settings area, the location that you select will move to the nearest grid point.
Set Parting plane dialog
To access this dialog, click .
Note: The available modeling tools depend on the mold type you selected.
This can be done by four different methods.
- Click on the injection location.
- Click the Top or Bottom buttons.
- Enter a value in the Z depth of plane text box.
- Drag the parting plane markers in the display window.