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Purging Old Misconceptions: Best Practices for Meshing in Simulation Moldflow Insight
Lecture    SM5706-P
Caitlin Tschappat
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, Justin Courter
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Description

This class will cover the use of meshing options in Simulation Moldflow software. We frequently find that the Simulation Moldflow software user is unaware or unsure of which mesh type to use or what it is that constitutes a suitable mesh for a given geometry. We will discuss what a suitable mesh consists of and how the mesh helps to create more accurate results when running an analysis. We will cover, among other things, the importance of a refined mesh versus a course mesh, and we will discuss the instances when the over refinement of a mesh versus the under refinement no longer poses a benefit to an analysis. We will also explore common issues that we find with different mesh types, and we'll look at ways in which to manually improve the quality of a mesh.

Key Learnings

  • Understand the need for proper mesh representation and configuration
  • Discover the ideal use of mesh types, mesh options, and mesh configuration
  • Discover the influence of improper mesh use
  • Learn how to incorporate other tools to improve quality

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Caitlin Tschappat graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor of science degree in plastics engineering technology. Prior to working for Autodesk, Inc., she worked as an application engineer for Zurn Engineered Water Solutions, a plastic drainage company in Erie, Pennsylvania. She also worked for General Motors Company as a Production Group leader in Michigan. At Autodesk, Inc., Caitlin is a Frontline technical support specialist primarily focusing on Simulation Moldflow software. Caitlin gained her knowledge through hands-on experiences during her work at Penn State and through previous industry experiences. Recently Caitlin spoke at Autodesk Technical Academy in Denver, Colorado, where she delivered a presentation on general troubleshooting of challenges that users frequently encounter. This is Caitlin's first time presenting at Autodesk University.
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Justin Courter is a Premium Support Specialist for Autodesk® Simulation® products, with a focus on Moldflow®, which he's used for over 10 years. In addition to his experience, Justin has technical certifications in both Simulation Moldflow and Simulation CFD products. His current role includes working with Enterprise Priority customers for Autodesk, helping them deploy updates, drive improvements in training and certification, reduce reactive support volume, and deliver on large initiatives that will benefit both the customer's strategic goals and the partnership they have with Autodesk. Justin completed his Bachelors of Science degree in Plastic Engineering in 2007 at Penn State. Justin has been a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) for eight years and has presented published work at the SPE Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC_) in the field of stress-induced chemical resistance of polymer materials. He has also presented at Autodesk University in the past.
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