Simulate and evaluate your entire design and molding process by evaluating process and design variables using a vast database of thermoplastic materials and wide range of analysis results. Simulation Moldflow software tools help you simulate and optimize the thermoplastics injection molding process for your application.
Use Simulation Moldflow software to select the best gate location, identify the processing conditions, and study the filling parameters. Determine if you are cooling the mold adequately, and then check for warpage. By incorporating Simulation Moldflow products into your design process, you can validate a quality product before investing in expensive tooling.
Simulate with additional various molding processes, such as:
Simulate the warpage of the manufactured part to help ensure the end product's fit and function. Generate accurately compensated models for tooling or further geometry modification.
In cases of excessive shrinkage and warpage, it's easy to isolate the underlying cause of the warpage (differential shrinkage in the part, mold cooling imbalances, or material orientation) so you can evaluate targeted actions and alternatives to address the issue. The Simulation Moldflow database contains grade-specific data to support the highest level of predictive accuracy.
Capture advanced cooling techniques and layouts, such as conformal cooling, as well as transient heat calculations.
Iterate on the cooling channel layout and the cooling process to produce high-quality products with short cycle time. Simulate advanced cooling technologies, like rapid heating and cooling and conformal cooling. Evaluate the effect of highly conductive materials, as well as heating elements and thermal pins, on the cycle time and product quality.
Reduce or eliminate many production problems and defects by selecting the correct gate location. For more complex designs, use the Moldflow Gating Suitability Analysis for advice on a range of gate locations to find your optimal gate locations.
Calculate and evaluate the fiber orientation, manufactured shape, and structural properties of your part. You can also export fiber orientation and mechanical results to an external structural analysis package to further investigate the strength of the finished part.
To increase the strength of plastics, manufacturers often add fibers directly to the polymers. However, the orientation of the fibers can cause significant variations in the mechanical properties of the part. Use Simulation Moldflow software to assess the effect of these variations.
Compare different plastic material properties and recommended molding and processing conditions, regardless of your selected materials.
Thermoplastics and thermosets are the 2 primary types of plastics used in manufacturing. They have distinctive properties and are well suited for differing applications.
No matter which plastics type you use, Simulation Moldflow Insight software can help you find the best molding conditions for your materials. You can select different molding processes:
Simulate how parts are filled early in the design process to reduce molding defects, retooling, and redesign. Identify where defects will occur and how you can change your design or molding conditions to reduce or eliminate them.
Perform structural analysis tests to verify critical loads. The injection molding process influences the structural properties of the product (such as weld lines, fiber orientation, and material orientation). If the product has a critical load case to meet, then you can perform a structural analysis test within the injection molding process to include in the analysis.
Simulate the injection molding process to understand how the part geometry, the location of the injection points, and the molding process affect visual defects—like the position of weld lines and the visibility of sink marks—as part shrinkage and warpage.
Optimize the position of the injection points, the part geometry, and the molding process to minimize defects in highly visible areas. The position and depth of sink marks can be exported in .fbx format, so you can evaluate them in detail in products like Showcase and VRED software.
Simulation Moldflow helps you imagine, design, and create your entire molding process using Simulation DFM, Simulation Moldflow Adviser, and Simulation Moldflow Insight software.
Simulation Moldflow products provide the tools you need to transform your design concepts into produced parts.
Simulate the process of 2 sequential injections (or materials), visualize the impact on their relative behavior, and analyze the overmolding process.
In two-shot sequential overmolding, different colored versions of the same material or 2 entirely different materials are injected into the mold to provide multiple colors or different materials within the same part. Use the software to assess warpage, relative temperature distributions of the materials, and the effect of plastic or metal inserts.
Use Simulation Moldflow software to reduce optical quality issues, such as blurring or double images. Many factors influence birefringence, including the material, mold design, and molding conditions. Predict optical performance issues in plastics.
Simulate one-directional core deflection on parts with inserts. See pressure differential around the core that could lead to core deflection, and use one-sided constraint to help with your analysis.
Cores and inserts shift during the injection molding process because of unbalanced pressures around the feature. The injection mold holds part inserts or cores in place by several methods. Sometimes the insert or core can move in 1 direction but not in the opposite direction. Use directional constraints to simulate the core or insert shift that can move in 1 direction, but not the opposite one.
Use Advanced Material Exchange to transfer Simulation Moldflow data to Simulation Composite Analysis projects for detailed composite structural analysis. Map material properties and fiber orientations from your Moldflow simulation to a structural package. Simulation Composite Analysis uses the results to predict material nonlinearity and structural response. Exporting "as-manufactured" simulation data from Moldflow enables a more realistic structural verification of your injection molded part early in the design cycle.
Verify multicavity and family molds fill at the same time and pressure. The runner balancing process optimizes the runner diameter for each segment to balance filling and pressure distributions across all the cavities in the mold.
Understand the stability of your manufacturing process and identify the major factors that influence your product defects or machine molding limits. Use DOE analysis to determine which input process variables, such as mold temperature or injection time, can influence the quality of the part.
Run a series of analyses to investigate and optimize the molding process based on your defined quality parameters. Use the Parametric Study to change 1 or more molding parameters by a specified amount, then visualize the effect of the parameter change on the part quality. This provides an intuitive way of understanding the molding parameters that can help you achieve your quality goals.
Simulate the gas-assisted injection molding process to improve gas entrance position, delay time, pressure profile, and packing time so you can achieve optimal gas penetration.
Validate the manufacturing process for lightweight component manufacturing. Determine whether your components can be manufactured and meet dimensional as well as functional specifications.
Simulation Moldflow software provides the highest level of information and accuracy to evaluate the manufacturing process of a lightweight plastic component. With an increased focus on lightweighting, for the automotive industry in particular, validating manufacturability in the design stage is critical. Examine aspects like filling, injection pressure, fiber orientation, cycle time, and shrinkage and warpage, and determine how the process can be improved.
Create quality parts for specific applications that conventional injection molding cannot address. Use compression molding to produce very large parts that are otherwise hard to mold. Rely on injection compression molding for low-stress, smaller parts, such as plastic lenses.
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.
Simulate the injection of 2 materials into 1 cavity during a single molding cycle to determine the relative distribution and location of both materials. These materials can be different, or the same material with different colorants.
Simulate the encapsulation process of microchips. Observe the mold filling and curing process of the resin, and account for the deformation of the bonding wires, as well as the lead frame, due to the filling process.
Use Simulation Moldflow Flex to solve locally or solve in the cloud while you continue working. Simulate where and how you want, based on your needs. If you're testing the setup of an analysis, use your local resources to iterate and optimize your setup. When you're ready to initiate a longer, more computationally intensive simulation, use the power of the cloud and free up your local resources for other tasks.
Simulation Moldflow processing is fast and accurate, and includes real-time, dynamic Adviser wizards to help you make the best design choices.
Adviser wizards can help with:
You have several options for how to best represent the product. Large, thin-walled parts are best represented using Midplane and the patented Moldflow Dual Domain technology, while chunkier parts are best represented with a 3D mesh.
Use extensive material databases for injection molding simulation to help you choose your materials more accurately.
Several included databases include characteristics of thermoplastic polymers, as well as other parameters, such as coolants, mold materials, and injection molding machines. The databases update continuously and include more than 9,500 plastics characterized for injection molding simulation.
Add frequently used or customized materials to the database for your records. Combined certified materials rate the confidence level of the material data (gold/silver/bronze quality indicators) for filling, packing, and warpage applications.
The Moldflow Insight solvers enable you to run up to 3 analyses simultaneously, so you can analyze several results at the same time. In addition, your team can increase productivity by having up to 3 people run their analyses in unison.
Streamline your simulation process and create custom tools to reduce repetitive sets of tasks or build customized workflows.
The Moldflow Insight User Interface (Synergy) includes the API automation layer based on a simple Visual Basic Script (VBS). With no previous experience, you can start a script by recording a set of steps with the record tool, then edit and expand on it using script-editing tools or Notepad. You can even use a script from a third-party application to view, for example, a result within a specific design tolerance.
Easily generate, share, and communicate your Simulation Moldflow analysis results with your internal and external project team members and collaborators. Use the report generator tool to create template reports in HTML, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint that you can personalize with notes, images, and animations.
Send the study files to import or project files to open, or select the results you want to share and export them as a Moldflow results file.
Export results for review in Moldflow Communicator, a free results reader for analysis results visualization. Communicator includes interactive help so new users can understand how to interpret results.
Import native CAD models, CAD translations, and neutral files directly into Simulation Moldflow software, no matter which CAD system was used to create them. You can also import meshes from different FEA tools, then export analysis results for further use in structural analysis programs. Use multiple native files for design optimization.