Plastics made perfect

Plastics made perfect
Plastics made perfect
Validation and optimization of plastic parts
Innovative plastic resins and functional plastic part designs are on
the rise in almost every industry. Plastics and fiber-filled composites
answer growing pressures to reduce costs and cut time to market.
The need for simulation tools that provide deep insight into the
plastic injection molding process has never been greater.
Contents
Validation and optimization of
plastic parts..................................................2
Part layout simulation..................................3
Injection molding process simulation...........4
CAD interoperability and meshing...............6
Results evaluation and
productivity tools.........................................7
Feature comparison......................................8
The standard in 2D mechanical design
Autodesk® Simulation Moldflow® plastic injection
molding software, part of the Autodesk Simulation
solution for Digital Prototyping, provides tools
that help manufacturers predict, optimize, and
validate the design of plastic parts, injection
molds, and ­extrusion dies. Companies worldwide
use Autodesk® Simulation Moldflow® Adviser and
Autodesk® Simulation Moldflow® Insight software
to help reduce the need for costly physical
prototypes, reduce potential manufacturing
defects, and get innovative products to
market faster.
Autodesk Simulation Moldflow
product line
Autodesk is dedicated to providing a wide range
of injection molding simulation tools to help CAE
analysts, designers, engineers, mold makers, and
molding professionals create more accurate digital
prototypes and bring better products to market at
less cost.
Part layout simulation
Validate and optimize plastic parts, injection molds, resin
selection, and the injection molding process
Plastic flow simulation
Simulate the flow of melted plastic to help
optimize plastic part and injection mold designs,
reduce potential part defects, and improve the
molding process.
Part defects
Determine potential part defects such as weld
lines, air traps, and sink marks, then rework
designs to help avoid these problems.
Thermoplastic filling
Simulate the filling phase of the thermoplastic
injection molding process to help predict the flow
of melted plastic and fill mold cavities uniformly;
avoid short shots; and eliminate, minimize, or
reposition weld lines and air traps.
Feed system simulation
Model and optimize hot and cold runner systems
and gating configurations. Improve part surfaces,
minimize part warpage, and reduce cycle times.
Gate location
Identify up to 10 gate locations simultaneously.
Minimize injection pressure and exclude specific
areas when determining gate location.
Runner design wizard
Create feed systems based on inputs for layout,
size, and type of components, such as sprues,
runners, and gates.
Thermoplastic packing
Optimize packing profiles and visualize magnitude
and distribution of volumetric shrinkage to help
minimize plastic part warpage and reduce defects
such as sink marks.
Balancing runners
Balance runner systems of single-cavity,
multicavity, and family mold layouts so parts fill
simultaneously, reducing stress levels and volume
of material.
Hot runner systems
Model hot runner system components and set up
sequential valve gates to help eliminate weld lines
and control the packing phase.
Injection molding process simulation
Mold cooling simulation
Improve cooling system efficiency, minimize part
warpage, achieve smooth surfaces, and reduce
cycle times.
Cooling component modeling
Analyze a mold’s cooling system efficiency.
Model cooling circuits, baffles, bubblers, and
mold inserts and bases.
Cooling system analysis
Optimize mold and cooling circuit designs to help
achieve uniform part cooling, minimize cycle
times, reduce part warpage, and decrease
manufacturing costs.
Rapid heat cycle molding
Set up variable mold surface temperature profiles
to maintain warmer temperatures during filling
to achieve smooth surfaces; reduce temperatures
in the packing and cooling phases to help freeze
parts and decrease cycle times.
Warpage
Predict warpage resulting from process-induced
stresses. Identify where warpage might occur
and optimize part mold design, material
choice, and processing parameters to help control
part deformation.
Shrinkage and warpage simulation
Evaluate plastic part and injection mold designs to
help control shrinkage and warpage.
Shrinkage
Meet part tolerances by predicting part shrinkage
based on processing parameters and gradespecific material data.
Core shift control
Minimize the movement of mold cores by determining ideal processing conditions for injection
pressure, packing profile, and gate locations.
Fiber orientation and breakage
Control fiber orientation within plastics to help
reduce part shrinkage and warpage across the
molded part.
CAE data exchange
Validate and optimize plastic part designs using
tools to exchange data with mechanical simulation
software. CAE data exchange is available with
Autodesk® Simulation, ANSYS®, and Abaqus®
software to predict the real-life behavior of
plastic parts by using as-manufactured material
properties.
Injection molding process simulation
Thermoset flow simulation
Specialized simulation tools
Specialized molding processes
Simulate thermoset injection molding, RIM/SRIM,
resin transfer molding, and rubber compound
injection molding.
Solve design challenges with simulation.
Simulate a wide range of plastic injection molding
processes and specialized process applications.
Reactive injection molding
Predict how molds will fill with or without fiberreinforced preforms. Help avoid short shots due
to pregelation of resin, and identify air traps and
problematic weld lines. Balance runner systems,
select molding machine size, and evaluate
thermoset materials.
Insert overmolding
Run an insert overmolding simulation to help
determine the impact of mold inserts on melt flow,
cooling rate, and part warpage.
Co-injection molding
Visualize the advancement of skin and core
materials in the cavity and view the dynamic
relationship between the two materials as filling
progresses. Optimize material combinations while
maximizing the product's cost-performance ratio.
Microchip encapsulation
Simulate encapsulation of semiconductor chips
with reactive resins and the interconnectivity of
electrical chips. Predict bonding wire deformation
within the cavity and shifting of the lead frame
due to pressure imbalances.
Underfill encapsulation
Simulate flip-chip encapsulation to predict
material flow in the cavity between the chip and
the substrate.
Gas-assisted injection molding
Determine where to position polymer and gas
entrances, how much plastic to inject prior to gas
injection, and how to optimize size and placement
of gas channels.
Two-shot sequential overmolding
Simulate the two-shot sequential overmolding
process: one part is filled; the tool opens and
indexes to a new position; and a second part is
molded over the first.
Birefringence
Predict optical performance of an injectionmolded plastic part by evaluating refractive index
changes that result from process-induced stresses.
Evaluate multiple materials, processing conditions,
and gate and runner designs to help control
birefringence in the part.
MuCell®
MuCell® (from Trexel, Inc.) simulation results
include filling pattern, injection pressure, and cell
size. These are all critical factors in optimizing
a given part for the process, as well as the
process itself.
Injection-compression molding
Simulate simultaneous or sequential polymer
injection and mold compression. Evaluate
material candidates, part and mold design,
and processing conditions.
CAD interoperability and meshing
Use tools for native CAD model translation and optimization.
Autodesk Simulation Moldflow provides geometry support for
thin-walled parts and thick and solid applications. Select mesh
type based on desired simulation accuracy and solution time.
CAD solid models
Centerline import/export
3D simulations
Import and mesh solid geometry from Parasolid®based CAD systems, Autodesk® Inventor® software,
CATIA® V%, Pro/ENGINEER®, Creo® Elements/
Pro, Autodesk® Alias®, Siemens® NX®, Rhino®, and
SolidWorks®, as well as ACIS®, IGES, and STEP
universal files.
Import and export feed system and cooling
channel centerlines from and to CAD software, to
help decrease modeling time and avoid runner
and cooling channel modeling errors.
Perform 3D simulations on complex geometry
using a solid, tetrahedral, finite element mesh
technique. This approach is ideal for electrical
connectors, thick structural components, and
geometries with thickness variations.
Error checking and repair
Scan imported geometry and automatically fix
defects that can occur when translating a model
from CAD software.
Autodesk Simulation Moldflow CAD
Doctor
Check, correct, heal, and simplify solid models
imported from 3D CAD systems to prepare
for simulation.
Dual domain technology
Simulate solid models of thin-walled parts using
Dual Domain™ technology. Work directly from 3D
solid CAD models, leading to easier simulation of
design iterations.
Midplane meshes
Generate 2D planar surface meshes with assigned
thicknesses for thin-walled parts.
Results evaluation and productivity tools
Visualize and evaluate simulation results, and use automatic
reporting tools to share the results with stakeholders. Take
advantage of features such as a material database and advisers to
further boost productivity.
Results interpretation and presentation
Use a wide range of tools for model visualization,
results evaluation, and presentation.
Results adviser
Query regions of a model to identify primary
causes of short shots and poor part or cooling
quality. Get suggestions on how to correct the
part, mold, or process.
Photorealistic defect visualization
Integration with Autodesk® Showcase® software
enhances quality assessments of plastic parts by
examining near-photorealistic renderings of digital
prototypes.
Autodesk Simulation Moldflow Communicator
results viewer to export results from Autodesk
Simulation Moldflow software so stakeholders
can more easily visualize, quantify, and compare
simulation results.
Material data
Improve simulation accuracy with precise
material data.
Material database
Use the built-in material database of gradespecific information on more than 8,500 plastic
materials characterized for use in plastic injection
molding simulation.
Automatic reporting tools
Use the Report Generation wizard to create webbased reports. Prepare and share simulation results
more quickly and easily with customers, vendors,
and team members.
Help
Get help on a results plot, including information
on what to look for and how to correct typical
problems. Learn more about solver theory,
interpreting simulation results, and designing
better plastic parts and injection molds.
Automation and customization
Automate common tasks and customize Autodesk
Simulation Moldflow software for your organization.
API tools
Application programming interface (API) tools
enable you to automate common tasks, customize
the user interface, work with third-party
applications, and help implement corporate
standards and best practices.
Microsoft Office export capability
Export results and images for use in Microsoft®
Word reports and PowerPoint® presentations.
Autodesk Simulation Moldflow
Communicator
Collaborate with manufacturing personnel,
procurement engineers, suppliers, and
external customers using Autodesk® Simulation
Moldflow® Communicator software. Use the
Design adviser
Quickly identify areas of plastic parts that
violate design guidelines related to the injection
molding process.
Autodesk Simulation Moldflow Plastics Labs
Get plastic material testing services, expert
data-fitting services, and extensive material
databases with Autodesk® Simulation Moldflow®
Plastics Labs.
Productivity tools
Use advisers and extensive help to boost
productivity.
Cost adviser
Learn what drives part costs to help minimize
those costs. Estimate product costs based
on material choice, cycle time, post-molding
operations, and fixed costs.
Feature comparison
Compare the features of Autodesk Simulation Moldflow products to learn how Autodesk Simulation Moldflow Adviser and Autodesk Simulation Moldflow
Insight software can help meet the needs of your organization.
Autodesk Simulation Moldflow Adviser
STANDARD
Meshing technology
Dual domain
3D
Midplane
CAD interoperability
CAD solid models
Parts
Assemblies
Simulation capabilities
Filling
Weld line, air trap, sink mark
Gate location
Molding window
Venting analysis
Design of experiments (DOE)
Crystallization analysis
Runner balancing
Packing
Cooling
Conformal cooling**
Transient mold cooling or heating
Rapid temperature cycling
Warpage
Fiber orientation
Insert overmolding
In-mold label
Two-shot sequential overmolding
Core shift
Wire sweep, paddle shift
Simulation advisers
Design adviser
Results adviser
Cost adviser
Molding processes
Thermoplastic injection molding
Reactive injection and transfer
molding
Rubber, liquid silicone injection
molding
Multiple-barrel reactive molding
Structural reaction injection molding
Microchip encapsulation
Underfill encapsulation
PREMIUM
ULTIMATE
Autodesk Simulation Moldflow Insight
STANDARD
PREMIUM
ULTIMATE
Autodesk Simulation Moldflow Adviser
STANDARD
Molding process
Gas-assisted injection molding
Injection-compression molding
Compression molding
Co-injection molding
Bi-injection molding
MuCell
Birefringence
Databases
Thermoplastics materials
Thermoset materials
Molding machines
Coolant materials
Mold materials
Software interface
Simulation Mechanical (FEA)
Abaqus (FEA)
ANSYS (FEA)
LS-DYNA (FEA)
NEi Nastran (FEA)
CODE V (Birefringence)
Showcase (defect visualization)
Supported languages
English
Chinese (Simplified)
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Portuguese
Spanish
Korean
Included software and services
Inventor Fusion
Vault
Simulation Moldflow Communicator
*Some process/analysis types may not support all mesh types.
**Requires Autodesk Simulation CFD.
PREMIUM
ULTIMATE
Autodesk Simulation Moldflow Insight
STANDARD
PREMIUM
ULTIMATE
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