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Simulate manufacturing processes

Moldflow® software lets you analyze different manufacturing processes such as injection compression molding, MuCell core back, and more. Reduce defects and get quality parts to market faster.

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    Manufacturing process

  • Chemical blowing agents New

    Use Moldflow Insight software to simulate chemical blowing agents for creating plastic parts with an internal foam structure.

  • MuCell core back injection molding New

    By using a combination of MuCell microcellular foam injection molding and core back technology from Trexel, you can dramatically improve the quality of foam structures. You can create a foam structure with more, bigger cells.

    • By moving the core side of the mold back by a small amount after the mold is filled, a sufficiently thick skin is formed.
    • Then, stimulating (expanding) the foaming process, core back creates a foam core with cells that are very regular and large.

    The result is a stiffer, lighter weight part than what can be achieved with conventional injection molding or with the MuCell (light weighting) process alone, without core back.

  • Microcellular injection molding

    Simulate microcellular injection molding with 3D meshes. A fitted classical bubble nucleation model has also been added for all mesh types as an additional calculation option to the default constant nucleation density model.

  • Gas-assist injection molding

    Simulate the gas-assisted injection molding process to improve the location of gas injection positions, delay time, pressure profile, and packing time so you can achieve optimal gas penetration.

  • Lightweight manufacturing validation

    Validate the manufacturing process for your lightweight plastic components. With more focus on lightweighting, particularly in the automotive industry, validating manufacturability in the design stage is critical.

    • Examine filling, injection pressure, fiber orientation, cycle time, and more.
    • Determine whether your lightweight component can be manufactured.
    • Ensure that your component meets dimensional as well as functional specifications.
  • Compression and injection compression molding

    Create quality parts for applications that conventional injection molding can't address. Simulate compression molding for making very large parts that are otherwise difficult to mold. Simulate injection compression molding for low-stress, smaller parts, such as plastic lenses.

  • Orthotropic part inserts

    Simulate continuous fiber inserts made from composite materials or wood and analyze any overmolded part defects. In the automotive industry, for example, anisotropic materials, such as wood or continuous fiber composites, can be overmolded, and the simulation will show the final deformation of the overmolded part.

  • Bi-injection molding simulation

    Simulate the injection of 2 materials into 1 cavity during a single molding cycle. Bi-injection molding simulation helps determine the relative distribution and location of both materials. These materials can be different or the same material with different colors. 

    Create decorative parts with a soft boundary between the 2 colors, and determine if the part meets the required specifications. Simulate the fill patterns to achieve the desired volume, distribution, and the relative weight of each material.

  • Microchip encapsulation

    Simulate the encapsulation process of microchips, also known as packaging. Determine the optimal mold temperature, fill time, ram speed profile, and cure time. Moldflow Insight software provides tools for designing the encapsulation package, the tool, lead frame, and wires.

MuCell is a registered trademark of Trexel, Inc.