No matter what CAD platform you use, look for injection molding simulation software that connects to it seamlessly so it’s easy to bring your design into its environment. The fewer CAD file conversions needed, the higher likelihood that your simulation will be accurate and free from modeling errors.
Such interoperability should ideally include the ability to update or re-run simulations easily and on the fly as you make changes to your geometry.
If you work with a complicated part or process, or you need to simulate multiple materials or mold iterations all at once, look for software with remote server and/or cloud connectivity, which will give you the capacity to run simulations concurrently.
Most importantly, your injection molding simulation software should answer the questions you are looking to answer about your finished part, like:
- Will my part warp?
- Will my part show visual defects, and where?
- What impact does a material switch have?
- How can I optimize the processes of my existing production jobs?