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. 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