Published 08 March 2017
Posted by Stephen Holmes
Plastic injection molding simulation solution Moldex3D has unveiled version R15.0, which looks to cut back simulation time significantly with its new features.
One of the most significant improvements is the reduction in pre-processing time and effort, with a new runner meshing technology enables automatic generation of high-resolution hexahedral meshes, offering various node types for line runner connections to better capture the intended geometric shape of the runner design and deliver more accurate predictions.
An extended non-matching mesh technology supports the automatic meshing of mold components to be non-matched, such as the interface between part and part insert/mold base in order to obtain accurate simulation results with minimal effort.
The fully coupled process simulation is billed by the Taiwanese company as the ‘pioneering breakthrough in Moldex3D R15.0’.
Users can now take advantage of the new coupling technology that can simultaneously utilise Flow/Pack/Cool/Warp solvers to obtain optimal accuracy for simulating products of complex geometric designs or advanced manufacturing process like Rapid Heat Cycle Molding (RHCM).
Moldex3D Studio is a fully integrated platform that streamlines all phases of this simulation workflow, from pre-processing to post-processing onto one intuitive, ribbon-style interface.
The new platform complements the current Moldex3D Designer and Moldex3D Project applications and enables users to display and compare simulation results of multiple designs simultaneously to shorten the product development time.
New simulation capabilities for In-mold Decoration (IMD) and Polyurethane (PU) chemical foaming process are now available.
The boundary condition application in the pre-processor of In-mold Decoration (IMD) simulation is made available for what Modex3D state is the first time in commercial mold-filling analysis software to provide a quick and easy approach to meshing the decoration layers for simulation.
Its ‘wash-out Index’ feature will also enable designers to better predict washout of the ink of the decoration film to ensure successful decorative products.
The new addition of polyurethane (PU) foaming simulation supplements Moldex3D’s capabilities for chemical foaming processes; in addition to the existing microcellular foaming analysis for thermoplastics, PU foaming simulation provides part designers an ability to check the density distribution and ensure a desirable volume-to-weight ratio of the final part.
In addition, the enhancements in compression molding analysis should enable a more accurate simulation for SMC materials, going from solid to molten and back to solid state, through a tighter integration between Moldex3D and LS-DYNA.
The new Intelligent Simulation Lifecycle Management (iSLM) solution provides an effective management of vast volumes of simulation data, giving teams at different geographic locations within an organisation one single point of entry to store, share, and re-use simulation data in a safe and centralised environment.
“Moldex3D is devoted to improving its software’s functionality and simulation accuracy in each release,” said David Hsu, Moldex3D president of product development.
“With the new features and enhancements in Moldex3D R15.0, we aim to provide a high-performing CAE analysis with greater accuracy and efficiency to help users design and manufacture high-quality plastic parts with faster turnaround times which truly gives them an ability to keep an edge over competition and achieve excellent results.”