The cooling circuit is comprised of the cooling channels, various components added to the cooling channels to facilitate cooling, and the coolant which flows through the system.
The overall requirements for cooling the part will always be a compromise between uniform cooling to assure part quality, and fast cooling to minimize production costs. The degree to which consideration outweighs the other is dependant on the functional requirements of the part.
The Mold Surface Wizard is a tool for quickly modeling a cuboid mold outer surface around the existing model for the purposes of improving the accuracy of a Cool analysis.
You can save time and effort by importing cooling circuits from other studies to use in your current project. Cooling circuits created in your current project can also be exported for reuse in other studies.
It is important that when designing plastic parts you consider the various aspects of cooling, and how they affect the finished product.
Cooling circuits are used in a Cool analysis to deliver coolant to areas of the mold that would not otherwise cool effectively.
In addition to the cooling channels, there are several other components that make up a cooling circuit, such as hoses, coolant inlets bubblers and baffles. Some are required while others are optional, depending upon the complexity of the model.
A coolant is a fluid which flows through the cooling channels to regulate the temperature of the molten plastic in the mold. An ideal coolant has high thermal capacity, low viscosity, is low-cost, and is chemically inert, neither causing nor promoting corrosion of the cooling system.