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  • Autodesk MoldFlow Adviser vs Insight

    One of the questions we are asked most frequently is: "What simulation software are included in the Moldflow family and what is the difference between them" Through the table below (taken from the Autodesk site) we can give you a complete answer:

    FeatureMoldflow Adviser DesignMoldflow Adviser ManufacturingMoldflow Adviser AdvancedMoldflow Insight BasicMoldflow Insight PerformanceMoldflow Insight AdvancedMoldflow Insight WS
    Meshing Technology
    Dual Domain™°°°°°°°
    3D °°°°°°
    Midplane   °°°°
    CAD Interoperability
    CAD Solid Models°°°°°°°
    Parts°°°°°°°
    Assemblies   °°°°
    Simulation Capabilities
    Thermoplastic Filling°°°°°°°
    Part Defects°°°°°°°
    Gate Location°°°°°°°
    Molding Window°°°°°°°
    Thermoplastic Packing 
    °°°°°
    Runner Balancing °°°°°°
    Cooling  °
    °°°
    Warpage  ° °°°
    Fiber Orientation  ° °°°
    Insert Overmolding   °°°°
    Two-Shot Sequential Overmolding   °°°°
    Core Shift Control    °°°
    Molding Processes
    Thermoplastic Injection Molding°°°°°°°
    Reactive Injection Molding   °°°°
    Microchip Encapsulation    °°°
    Underfill Encapsulation    °°°
    Gas-Assisted Injection Molding     °°
    Injection-Compression Molding     °°
    Co-Injection Molding     °°
    MuCell®     °°
    Birefringence     °°
    Databases
    Thermoplastics Materials°°°°°°°
    Thermoset Materials   °°°°
    Molding Machines   °°°°
    Coolant Materials    °°°
    Mold Materials    °°°
    CAE Data Exchange
    Autodesk® Simulation  ° °°°
    Abaqus®  ° °°°
    ANSYS®  ° °°°
    LS-DYNA®    °°°
    NEi Nastran    °°°
    Supported Languages
    English°°°°°°°
    Chinese (Simplified)°°°°°° 
    Chinese (Traditional )°°°°°° 
    French°°°°°° 
    German°°°°°° 
    Italian°°°°°° 
    Japanese°°°°°°°
    Portuguese°°°°°° 
    Spanish°°°°°° 
    Korean°°°    
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  • Autodesk Moldflow Communicator - Free Viewer

    Autodesk® Moldflow® Communicator software, helps improve collaboration with manufacturing personnel, procurement engineers, suppliers, and external customers. The Autodesk Moldflow Communicator results viewer works directly with Autodesk® Moldflow® result files so stakeholders can more easily visualize, quantify, and compare simulation results.

    Whether you design injection molds, manufacture plastic parts, or participate in any other step of the injection molding process, Autodesk Moldflow Communicator software enables you to share simulation knowledge with your extended design team and helps to reduce costly design changes and manufacturing defects.

    Autodesk Moldflow Communicator can be downloaded for free directly from the Autodesk web site Here

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  • CoreTech Announced the Official Release of Moldex3D R11.0

    Hsinchu, Taiwan – Dec. 20, 2011 - CoreTech System, announced the latest release of plastic design and analysis software for high-end injection molding simulations, Moldex3D R11.0. This release brings several breakthrough new features and enhancements that lead designers and manufacturers to better validate and optimize product designs with advanced 3D simulation results and high-speed processing capabilities at every stage of industrial molding processes.

    When facing severer molding challenges and cost competition, global enterprises are always seeking for more accurate and more efficient solutions. Moldex3D R11.0 has been developed to help customers overcome this kind of difficulties between ideal market demands and physical manufacturing factors. “The core value of Moldex3D is to provide our customers accurate, high-performance, and attentive service. We have re-positioned Moldex3D R11.0 as four solution packages, including eDesign Basic, eDesign, Professional, and Advanced, to satisfy more exclusive needs from our customers in every level of process complexity,” said Dr. Venny Yang, President of CoreTech System. Moldex3D R11.0 offers industrial users the most complete injection molding simulations. It also adds innovation for better user experience and faster computing capabilities. The ability to have professional simulation results and predictions will encourage more effective product cycle management and increase profitability, which brings companies greater global competitiveness.

    Building upon the previous releases and the powerful simulation capabilities, Moldex3D R11.0 provides new features and enhancements including:
    Advanced Support for Pre-Processor

    Moldex3D R11.0 adds several friendly tools that enable users to design various feeding and cooling systems depending on individual needs more easily. It also highly improves the quality of mesh generation, which will help users better portray unique model features with complicated geometry and acquire more accurate simulation results.
    Improvements on Accuracy for Simulations

    This release supports a venting analysis that helps users solve potential incomplete fills in cavities more effectively. It also supports a core shift analysis to simulate the deflection results of part inserts due to imbalanced pressure in the filling process. Additionally, the Standard Cool solver adds visualization of 3D coolant flow in cooling channels for evaluation of baffle, bubbler and conformal cooling designs. The expanded Transient Cool analysis improves predictions of cooling inefficiency problems and can directly benefit conformal cooling circuit design. As for reactive materials, Reactive Injection Molding (RIM) modules support PVTC models for more accurate warpage and volumetric shrinkage predictions. For encapsulation projects, users now can analyze wire crossing models and identify related troubles. Moreover, Gas-Assisted and Water-Assisted Injection Molding modules allow users to define an overflow region, which will lead to more realistic process simulations. Finally, FEA Interface modules increase transferable file formats and data distributions into structural analysis software.
    New Simulation Capabilities

    Moldex3D R11.0 also introduces several new modules, including Advanced Hot Runner, Co-Injection Molding, Microcellular Foaming (MuCell®), and Underfill Encapsulation (Underfill), to accurately simulate the 3D molding phenomena in these special injection molding processes. Key process parameters can be investigated, and major molding defects can be predicted for design verification and process optimization. Another useful module is Expert. It uses the Design for Experiment (DOE) method to help users evaluate optimal analysis results systematically instead of using the conventional trial-and-error method.
    Enhanced Efficiency for Simulations

    Improving user friendliness and efficiency has also been the major focus in Moldex3D R11.0. We redesigned the user interface of Process Wizard as the real control panel on an injection molding machine. It will guide users to define and setup process conditions more easily and intuitively. Moldex3D Project adds predictions of gate contribution for users to measure the flow field from each gate as a reference for optimizing gate location designs. At the same time, it supports more result displays on surface, including velocity vector and volumetric shrinkage, which allow users to evaluate 3D analysis results more conveniently. Moreover, users can compare XY plots from different selected run results and import or export these data curves as a CSV file for further discussion. In parallel to the release of R11.0, a brand new result visualization tool, Moldex3D Viewer, is ready for beta testing. Users are able to export selected result items with a very compact file size for sharing design and simulation knowledge over Internet among the team, suppliers and customers.
    High Performance Computing

    Moldex3D R11.0 employs Intel® MPI Library as the parallel processing communication protocol. Its computing speed will increase by 5-10% in comparison with that in Moldex3D R10.0 under the same CPU cores. At the same time, it also adds support for the parallel processing capability of Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). It can accelerate the computing speed by 10-20 times for a Standard Flow analysis and by 2-4 times for an Enhanced Flow analysis.

    Further technical information can be found at www.moldex3d.com.
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  • SimpoeXpress: The FREE light solution

    Simpoe is offering a FREE LIGHT version of their commercial plastic injection simulation solutions

    SimpoeXpress is available as a stand-alone version, which will read STEP, IGES and STL part model files, or FULLY EMBEDDED into major 3D CAD software, such as SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER and Solid Edge.

    This Light version includes the following functionalities:

    -melt front animated simulation
    -generic plastic material data base
    -one gate injection
    -full automatic meshing for shell solid parts
    -self teaching tutorials

    If you want to try it just click here. You could even download a specific brochures by clicking here
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  • Moldex3D Advanced Molding Technology Workshops

    Moldex3D Advanced Molding Technology Workshops is a program that designed to keep you updated with the latest technologies and trends in injection molding process industry. 16 different topics, Conformal Cooling, Hot Runner, Mucell ®, Co-injection, IC Encapsulation, Injection Compression, and many others are currently included in this program. Challenges and solutions will be addressed for each of these processes and real case studies will also be unveiled for demonstration. In order to provide the highest quality instruction possible, class sizes will be kept small of 5-10. You can view workshop schedule dates and locations directly on Moldex3D web site
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