Lecture; Process/Workflow; Technical Features; Tips and Tricks; Optimized Design; Process/Workflow; Simulation; Mechanical Design    MA3662-P
Autodesk® Moldflow® as an Integral Part of Numerical Part Optimization
Andreas Wuest, David Astbury
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This class will show you how Autodesk Moldflow can be integrated as a new discipline in numerical optimizations of mechanical part behavior. We will show the influences of fiber orientation on mechanical behavior due to changes in design variables. We will also show how the workflow changes when Moldflow is incorporated into the optimization process. Finally, we will give examples of the use of the new method of integrative optimization.

Key Learnings

  • Use a design approach that takes process as well as mechanical part behavior into account
  • Explain the importance and capabilities of numerical optimization
  • Demonstrate how Moldflow capabilities can be enhanced by coupling it with other software
  • Explain the importance of fiber orientation for mechanical part behavior


 Andreas Wuest
Andreas Wuest
Andreas graduated in mechanical engineering in 1991 at Technical University of Darmstadt - Germany. He has received several scientific awards for the development of finite element software for the simulation of blow molding. Since 2004, he has been working in the field of structural thermoplastic parts simulation and since 2008, has been team leader for crash analysis and numerical part optimization.

 David Astbury
David Astbury
David Astbury has over 20 years experience in the field of rheology, injection molding and software development. Recognizing the need to provide more than just simulation and the requirement for customers to do things faster, better, and cheaper—he became interested in combining optimization technologies with simulation and API scripting to provide unique solutions for customers. He is the principle author of the following optimization technologies within the Autodesk® Moldflow® suite: automatic injection time, molding window, design of experiments, runner sizing and balancing, gate location optimization, and process optimization. David is an optimization and automation evangelist, and expert programmer. He has presented widely on the topic of optimization, the Autodesk Moldflow API, and automation at AU, within Autodesk, Autodesk Moldflow, and at Autodesk Moldflow user groups.

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