Moldex3D R13.0 Announced

CoreTech System Co., Ltd. (Moldex3D), announced the release of Moldex3D R13.0. The software has plastic validation and optimization applications for industrial design and manufacturing, with customer-driven improvements on functionality, workflow, computing efficiency and user experience. Moldex3D enables part designers and mold makers to optimize decision making in the plastic injection molding process. This will allow them to manufacture high-quality products in form, fit and function, reduce costs, and shorten time-to-market.

Moldex3D has been the plastic simulation standard in many industries, including automotive, digital electronics, medical and consumer products. Aimed at eliminating molding defects and increasing production efficiency on plastics, Moldex3D enables customers to visualize the melt front behavior inside the mold cavity and predict potential molding problems before manufacturing. It also helps users validate design or process changes to work more efficiently. It greatly reduces the time and money from repeated mold trials and fixes. It also helps users achieve specific industrial or environmental targets, such as lightweight design for automotive frame structure or carbon fiber material applications.

“Quality and cost are two of the most significant success factors in product development and manufacturing. In addition to conventional plastic applications in the industries, the emerging market demands also require quick response manufacturing. The release of Moldex3D R13.0 has emphasized back-to-basics problem analysis and troubleshooting capabilities. This is helping our customers tackle critical molding issues to reach optimal production efficiency. Quality assurance and cost management that can be achieved effectively in a short time period,” said Dr. Venny Yang, President of CoreTech System.

Building upon the capabilities of past releases and improving innovation for performance and functionality,Moldex3D R13.0 offers the following benefits and enhancements:

Rapid Modeling and Meshing
Improved user friendliness for pre-processing work and a wide variety of powerful tools to help anything from geometric modeling to meshing.

  • Gate Location Advisor - Gives advice on the optimal gate location based on part geometry before running an analysis. Improves flow balance and minimizes repeated validation for filling issues, such as short shots or weld lines.
  • Various Runner Design Applications - Better design geometry-based runners and compose a more realistic plastic feeding system applied in the industrial molding process. Enhance modeling flexibility and improve melt front advancement.
  • Conformal Cooling Channel Designer - Defines and create conformal cooling channels automatically based on the contour of the part. Save time in building highly complicated cooling systems that increases cooling efficiency.
  • Automate Boundary Layer Mesh (BLM) Creation - Reinforces meshing capabilities to generate high-resolution solid mesh for complex geometric features. Support industry-specific molding simulation and computation.

Heat and Cool Management
Simulate melt front behavior and visualize thermal variations in heating and cooling processes. Improve heating transfer and cooling efficiency to enhance part quality and shorten cycle time.

  • Plastic Filling and Packing Simulation - Users can visualize melt front and sprue pressure variation with reference to screw ram position in the filling and packing processes. Increases interior welding surface prediction, helping users check potential welding defects and mechanical strength weakness inside the cavity. Also, supports valve gate switch controls during the packing stage to provide more realistic valve gate simulation.
  • Cooling Channel Simulation - Allows one to analyze more complex cooling channel designs with multiple coolant inlets and outlets. Supports the Mold Preheat Analysis and allows one to visualize mold temperature variation during the mold preheat stage. This enables users to reduce the number of short shot parts produced before steady cycles.
  • Advanced Hot Runner Simulation - Boosts the computing speed of temperature variation analyses in hot runner simulation. Visualize the temperature distribution in each hot runner metal component and support switch on/off controls when using clipping or slicing functions. User can validate heating rod and coil designs and evaluate heating efficiency.

Enhanced Plastic Applications to Meet Market Demands
Expands the troubleshooting capabilities in injection molding simulations. Allow users to obtain more accurate visualizations of the molding results. This gives users the ability to predict and eliminate potential manufacturing defects much more effectively.

  • Part and Mold Deformation Simulation - In the warp analysis, users can visualize in-plane shrinkage due to PVT distribution and out-of-plane warpage due to different temperature effects across thickness. The software optimizes mold compensation or packing path design and coolant temperature controls to eliminate part deformation. Uses the stress analysis function to simulate mold deformation behavior from pressure and mold thermal loading effects in the filling and cooling stages. Evaluates potential process-induced mold defects.
  • Fiber-reinforced Plastic Simulation - Provides fiber length prediction and fiber concentration distribution when considering screw-induced fiber breakage and shear-induced fiber migration behaviors in the molding process. Users can better evaluate the quality and strength of their plastics using fiber-reinforced materials.
  • Compression Molding Simulation - Improves kernel capabilities and supports compression molding simulations with 3D hybrid mesh models. These are automatically generated in Designer. Users can visualize charge distribution and calculate the volume filled by the plastic flow for each charge. Indicates compression charge contribution and control charge size and position.
  • MuCell® Simulation - Enables users to define more realistic process parameters and enhances simulation accuracy by bringing filling simulation to the packing stage in the microcellular injection molding process. Supports the core-back molding process simulation, in which cell size and cell density are improved to lighten part weight and enhance surface quality.
  • Advanced Structural Assessment in Connection with FEA Software - Increases the integration of the Micromechanics Interface with Digimat and Converse. Supports more output options for analysis results from Moldex3D, such as volumetric shrinkage, temperature distribution or residual stress. Uses FEA software for advanced structural assessments, including ANSYS, ABAQUS, Nastran, Marc, LS-DYNA, Radioss, etc.

User Interface Optimization in Post-processing
Provides an overall better user experience and improves the efficiency of simulation and validation. Makes it more intuitive and more convenient to setup process conditions and visualize analysis results

  • Reality-Simulation Molding Machine Database - Supports the properties of widely applied molding machines for use in injection molding simulations, such as screw diameter or injection pressure. Improve simulation accuracy with reference to real mold trials
  • More Display Applications for Result Visualization - Improves the visualization of simulation results, helping users observe melt front behavior and evaluate potential defects in depth. This includes dense or sparse distribution of fiber orientation on the part’s surface, melt front variation due to screw ram position, clipping or slicing part and mold inserts within the show and hide switches.
  • Report Generator Optimization - Increases user-defined output options in XY curve results. The report wizard enables one to export analysis results in HTML, PPT or PDF formats. Compare up to 4 different runs in one report. This helps users compare result changes due to design and process optimization and decide the optimal molding factor mix.

Comprehensive Material Databank
Supports more than 6,500 thermoplastic and thermoset materials to enhance simulation accuracy. Uses the built-in filter to quickly select property-identified materials and evaluate the properties for use in injection molding simulation.

Improved Model Surface Rendering Kernel Efficiency
Enhances the model surface rendering kernel and boosts the rendering efficiency for graphic performance by 2 to 5 times, which leads to better and smoother model displays.

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