Simulation Becomes more Accurate and Versatile
The 9th Connect! User Meeting Expands its Offer
The 9th Connect! European Moldflow User Meeting on June 5 and 6, 2018, in Frankfurt/Höchst, Germany, organized by MF Software GmbH will for the first time offer new services in addition to new insights into plastic injection molding simulation.
On the one hand, a training event will take place on June 7, which will include an AMI 2019 update training (Autodesk Moldflow Insight) and an API introduction course. API, Application Programming Interface, is also a lecture topic and shows how Moldflow-based programs can save a lot of effort and time, especially when automating workflows.
On the other hand, expert Moe Zun from the Moldflow User Experience Team will be available for individual appointments during the conference days to discuss experiences with Moldflow with regard to the development of new functions: The focus is on the design of cooling channels, mold fatigue and optimization of part geometry. Appointments can be made at https://meetme.so/MF-CONNECT-2018
Specific Use of Autodesk Moldflow
A total of 20 lectures from research and industry offer insights and outlooks on current and future optimization possibilities with specific use of Moldflow. Audi, for example, has succeeded in making the use of metallic effect pigments for "Class A surfaces" safer by developing a method for predicting optical defects. A tool based on the API developed by PEG (Plastics Engineering Group, Darmstadt) made a crucial contribution here.
A new topic is powder injection molding (PIM). How successful is the simulation with a material that results from the mixture of ceramic or metal powder with a thermoplastic binder system? Prof. Dr. Thomas Lucyshyn, University of Leoben (A) reports on various experiments and their results.
There are also new investigations and findings on the permanent topic of weld lines, this year by Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart. Dr. Camilo Cruz has conducted a comprehensive characterization of fiber orientation and content in frontal and floating weld lines produced by injection molding of short glass fiber reinforced PBT. He then compares the measured fiber orientation near the weld lines with the fiber orientation predicted in Moldflow and discusses challenges related to the prediction of fiber microstructure information at the weld lines.
Fiber orientation also plays a central role in the paper presented by Dr. Andreas Wonisch, BASF Ludwigshafen. This is about the exact prediction of warpage in components with integrated switching elements, because highly sensitive electronics must not be damaged. His presented method describes the simulation of the manufacturing process using Moldflow and calculates the fiber orientation and residual stress in order to simulate the thermal deformation with an FE simulation program.
Surprises on the topic “What’s new?”
Last but not least, Autodesk keeps a low profile until the event on the topic of "What's new?”. "Shared Views" will come; a tool with which you can load a component with simulation results into a cloud and exchange comments with all recipients via link dispatch. To the model update: All modules become partly a multiple faster, also the Synergy engine for the image illustration. Often neglected, but significant: More than 10,000 material data have been completely revised.
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