April 9, 2019
CoreTech System (Moldex3D) has released Moldex3D R17, plastics molding simulation solutions designed to enable organizations to realize smart manufacturing through digital transformation.
The new user interface and the unified simulation workflow allow users to gain deeper insights into product performance faster, the company reports. In addition, to tackle the demand for lightweight components in the automotive and aerospace sectors, Moldex3D R17 offers advancements in composites simulation solutions to meet various manufacturing needs.
“The release of R17 marks a major milestone for Moldex3D. The more powerful physical-virtual integration capability and more timely design insights will largely benefit designers, tool makers and CAE engineers to help them further advance smart manufacturing capabilities and ultimately enhance their global competitiveness,” says Venny Yang, president, CoreTech System (Moldex3D).
Major highlights of Moldex3D R17 include the following:
Machine Response and Material Compressibility Effect
Moldex3D R17 introduces new and enhanced capabilities for integrating physical molding into the virtual world, enabling the simulation software to better capture crucial information from the physical world. Moldex3D R17 allows users to consider the dynamic machine response of an injection molding machine to ensure that the optimized processing conditions obtained from the analysis can be directly applied on the shop floor, bridging the gap between simulation and manufacturing.
In addition to machine characteristics, Moldex3D’s barrel compression functionality provides a more realistic prediction of material behaviors by simulating the actual compression behavior of melts inside the barrel and the nozzle, which empowers engineers to take into account the effect of material compressibility when injecting into the cavity, generating a more accurate injection pressure prediction.
Moldex3D Coolinganalysis with R17 delivers the capability to help users better evaluate the performance of mold temperature controllers by providing crucial data, including maximum pressure drop, total flow rate and heat dissipation. Through seamless integration between the physical and the virtual worlds, engineers can fully leverage simulation data to make more informed decisions.
Composites Simulation Technology to Achieve Lightweighting
In the latest release, Moldex3D introduces Flow-Fiber Coupling analysis, which empowers engineers to more accurately capture the anisotropic flow behavior induced by fiber orientation, the company reports. Moldex3D Fiber orientation analysis with R17 now supports a new filler type—flat fibers to enable greater design freedom and help achieve better mechanical properties, the company notes.
For advanced lightweight manufacturing processes, the Moldex3D Material Lab provides material testing services for characterizing critical material parameters, including the expansion ratio of polyurethane foam. Moldex3D R17 enables users to further predict the expansion ratio in PU Chemical Foaming analysis to more accurately predict foam height and shape for creating better polyurethane molded parts. Also available in R17 is an improved RTM Wizard, which streamlines the mesh preparation process.
Moldex3D R17 Studiointegrates all simulation processes on a single, unified platform, and enhances the way users can view and interact with a model. For example, users can now use Measurement and Scale tools in Studio to directly measure shrinkage values and make instant design changes to compensate for shrinkage. Moreover, with the new postprocessing and visualization functionality along with faster rendering performance in R17, engineers can now quickly unlock the hidden insights behind the model, mitigating manufacturing risks and accelerating product development.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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