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Lighter parts. Less scrap. More affordable materials. Greater design flexibility. These are some of the reasons why manufacturers are increasingly using plastics materials for new products and why the use of injection-molding manufacturing processes has expanded every year for the past half century.

As more of today’s leading manufacturers look to plastic as a better alternative to conventionally machined metal parts, the efficiency and quality of injection-molding processes becomes critically important. After all, more than 80 percent of plastic parts have to be injection molded. With more manufacturers leveraging injection-molding technology, companies that consistently produce high-quality, injection-molded parts more quickly and at lower cost gain a distinct competitive advantage.

How SOLIDWORKS and UMass Lowell worked together to further validate injection molding simulation.