You can produce mold components by filling the previously defined mold volumes with solid material.
• Mold component features:
– Contain an Extract feature.
– Are fully-functional parts.
– Maintain a parent/child relationship with their mold volumes.
• Mold component color-coding:
– Reference model color
Figure 3 – Extracted Slider Mold Component
Once the mold volumes are created and the workpiece and mold volumes are split, you can create the final mold components. You can produce
mold components by filling the previously defined mold volumes with solid material. This process, performed using the Cavity insert
called extracting. Extracted parts can be core and cavity pieces as well as sliders, inserts, core pins, and so on.
The system does not automatically create mold components from every mold volume found in the mold model. Recall that you may have created temporary mold volumes during the split process to create your desired mold volumes. Consequently, you must specify which mold volumes will be extracted into mold components. When the mold components are extracted and created, the corresponding mold volumes are automatically blanked from the graphics window.
The extracted mold components are created in the mold model, and each component contains an Extract feature that contains the solid geometry.
The extract feature cannot be redefined, but these components are fully functional parts. You can retrieve them in Part mode, and add new features to them. To save the extracted mold components, you must save the mold model before erasing it from memory or exiting your current Creo Parametric session. By default, the extracted mold components are named the same as the volumes from which they were extracted.
Extracted mold components maintain a parent/child relationship with their mold volumes. Therefore, the mold components automatically update when changes are made to the mold volumes. While the mold volumes are assembly features in the mold model, the mold components are assembly components in the mold model.
Color-Coding of Extracted Mold Components
By default, the extracted mold components are created in the default Creo Parametric gray color. However, the surfaces of the extracted mold
components may also display in three other potential colors:
• Reference model color – The mold components surfaces that touch the reference model are color-coded the same as the reference model. In the figures, the reference model color is red.
• Blue – Steel-to-steel contact between tooling component shutoffs.
• Orange – Steel-to-steel contact between slider mold component surfaces and mold plates, cores, or cavities. It is important to note that only the slider mold volumes created by calculating undercut boundaries, become orange when the mold components are extracted. Sketched sliders and other components have blue surfaces at their steel-to-steel contact points.