Moldflow Insight software and the University of Bradford have a long-standing collaboration investigating key injection moulding effects such as fiber orientation, residual stresses, warpage, post-injection product performance, heat transfer, and feature replication in both standard injection moulding and micro-moulding processes. This presentation builds on the Autodesk University 2011 and 2013 classes and will cover the experimental and computational analysis of short- and long-fiber reinforced components during injection moulding, thermal investigations of the micro-moulding process, and an outline of future collaborative work between University of Bradford and Moldflow Insight software.
- Learn how to select the most appropriate analysis route for product development
- Discover the validity of analysis results with a view to final product geometry and performance
- Discover the process being analyzed for the injection moulding of polymer composites and micromouldings
- Discover best practices for in-house Moldflow Insight analyzes, leading to FE modeling
Dr. Fin Caton-Rose is manager of the Computer Modelling Research Centre and Solid Phase Polymer Processing Laboratories in the Polymer Interdisciplinary Research Centre at University of Bradford. Within this role he has co-developed smart materials for medical fixation devices and novel medical implants. He holds co-inventor status in 2 patents on the use of oriented polymers for civil engineering applications and 4 patents in the area of oriented polymers for medical applications. He has presented internationally on the subject of short-fiber composites, with particular interests in the prediction and measurement of fiber orientation as applied to injection moulding components. Current research includes the development of advanced medical-fixation devices using tuned-material formulations, improved mechanical performance of cast-nylon products for high-cost engineering applications, prediction of short-fiber orientation using the RSC model, and injection moulding of medium- and long-fiber reinforced materials.
Ben Whiteside has been pushing the boundaries of ultra high precision injection moulding since 2001. His background includes a PhD study of the mechanical properties of polymer composite materials, then over ten years as a researcher and lecturer studying computer modelling of polymer processes, process data acquisition of polymer manufacturing systems, high speed imaging and visualisation technique development and manufacturing of polymer components with micro and nano-scale precision.