Directory of Engineering Software used for Urethane Mold Design

Want to know which Software is used in designing Polyurethane Molds? You’ve come to the right place!

Plan Tech strives to use the latest in design software technology for the designing of complex urethane molds. We utilize SolidWorks to design all of our open face and compression molds per customer specifications. When we have completed our design that has been approved by the customer we machine them using CAMWorks at our in-house machine shop. This creates a faster “concept to production” environment to produce superior parts for our customers. Below is a list of the software used for designing urethane molds:


CAD Design Software (Computer-Aided-Design)


SolidWorks: SolidWorks is a solid modeler, and utilizes a parametric feature-based approach to create models and assemblies. DS Solidworks Corp has sold over 1.5 million licenses of SolidWorks worldwide. This includes a large proportion of educational licenses. The Sheffield Telegraph comments that Solidworks is the world’s most popular CAD software. Its user base ranges from individuals to large corporations and covers a very wide cross-section of manufacturing market segments.


AutoCAD: AutoCAD is a commercial computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software application. AutoCAD is used across a wide range of industries, by architects, project managers, engineers, graphic designers, and any other professionals. AutoCAD permits designers to draw 3D objects, such as molds, and machinery, with more Intelligent data associated with them rather than simple objects, such as lines and circles.

PTC Creo:  PTC Creo formerly known as Pro/ENGINEER, is a 3D CAD/CAM/CAE feature-based, associative solid modeling software. PTC Creo is one of a suite of 10 collaborative applications that provide solid modeling, assembly modeling, 2D orthographic views, finite element analysis, direct and parametric modeling, sub-divisional and NURBS surfacing, and NC and tooling functionality for mechanical designers.


GrabCAD: GrabCAD is a startup that has created a free cloud-based collaboration solution that helps engineering teams manage, view and share Cad files. GrabCAD is used by companies big and small to support the design of physical products of all sorts – from basic screws to jet engine brackets at GE, to robotics that zap germs.


CAM Software (Computer-Aided-Manufacturing)


CAMWorks: CAMWorks is the most advanced CAM software available and is fully integrated inside SolidWorks. In CAMWorks the design and manufacturing model become one-and-the-same. Any changes to the design are automatically updated in the machining operations and tool paths, thereby eliminating the need to constantly reprogram parts due to design changes.


Mastercam: Mastercam is one of the oldest developers of PC-based computer-aided design / computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software. They are one of the first to introduce CAD/CAM software designed for both machinists and engineers. Mastercam’s comprehensive set of predefined toolpath enables machinists to cut parts efficiently and accurately.


Siemens NX: Siemens NX was formerly known as NX Unigraphics or usually just UG, is an advanced high-end CAD/CAM/CAE software package originally developed by Unigraphics. NX software helps you design, simulate and manufacture better products faster by enabling smarter decisions in an integrated product development environment. NX is the Industry’s most integrated, flexible and efficient solution for product design, engineering and manufacturing.


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For over 30 years we have focused on using speed and precision to manufacture the highest quality industrial cast polyurethane parts to our customers. A particular strength is the breadth of our in-house capabilities which, when combined with our extensive experience, enables us to deliver tight tolerance cast polyurethane parts while maintaining the quality control and cost effectiveness our customers require. The tests are performed according to an established set of standards provided by an accredited testing organization such as the Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) who define the procedures in detail.