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Moldflow Adviser 2018: A Cost-Effective Solution for Simulating the Design of Plastic Components




Plastic injection molding is a widely used manufacturing process for producing plastic parts. However, designing plastic components that meet the functional and aesthetic requirements can be challenging. There are many factors that affect the quality and performance of the final product, such as material selection, injection point location, mold design, cooling system, and processing conditions. To optimize these factors and reduce the risk of defects, such as warpage, shrinkage, sink marks, and weld lines, it is essential to simulate the injection molding process before making the physical mold and prototype.


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One of the tools that can help designers and engineers to simulate the injection molding process is Autodesk Moldflow Adviser 2018. This software is a small and cost-effective solution that allows users to import CAD data from all common systems, such as Catia, Creo or SolidWorks, and perform fast and simple simulations of the component. The simulations can provide valuable insights into the filling, packing, cooling, and warpage behavior of the plastic part, as well as the maximum pressures, closing forces, and cycle time of the process. Users can also compare different materials, find a suitable injection point, and model the runner and cooling systems with the help of intuitive wizards. With the resulting digital prototypes, users can drastically reduce the development time and cost of their plastic components.


In this article, we will introduce some of the features and benefits of Moldflow Adviser 2018, and show how it can be used to simulate a simple plastic part.


Features and Benefits of Moldflow Adviser 2018




Moldflow Adviser 2018 is a user-friendly software that can be easily learned and used by designers and engineers who are not experts in injection molding simulation. It has several features and benefits that make it a suitable tool for simulating the design of plastic components, such as:



  • It uses functions, solvers, and material database from Autodesk Moldflow Insight, which is a more advanced and comprehensive simulation software for injection molding. The material database contains over 10,000 data records of different plastics that can be used for simulation.



  • It allows users to import CAD data from all common systems, such as Catia, Creo or SolidWorks, without losing any geometry information or requiring any modification. Users can also export the simulation results back to their CAD system for further analysis or optimization.



  • It provides fast and simple simulations of the component within a few minutes. Users can easily set up the simulation parameters with the help of wizards and dialogs, and view the results in graphical or numerical formats.



  • It enables users to find a suitable injection point for their component by using an automatic or manual method. Users can also optimize the injection point location by considering factors such as pressure drop, shear rate, temperature distribution, weld lines, air traps, and gate freeze.



  • It allows users to compare different materials for their component by using a material selector tool. Users can filter and sort the materials based on their properties, such as density, modulus, shrinkage, viscosity, thermal conductivity, specific heat, etc. Users can also view the material data sheets for more information.



  • It enables users to model the runner and cooling systems for their component by using runner and cooling wizards. Users can choose from different types of runners and cooling channels, such as edge gate, fan gate, sprue bushing, circular channel, conformal channel, etc. Users can also specify the dimensions, locations, orientations, flow rates, temperatures, pressures, etc. of the runners and cooling channels.



  • It provides users with valuable insights into the filling, packing, cooling, and warpage behavior of their component. Users can view various results, such as fill time, pressure distribution, temperature distribution, shear rate distribution, clamping force, cycle time, shrinkage distribution, warpage distribution, etc. Users can also view animations of the filling, packing, cooling, and warpage processes.



  • It offers users with different versions and pricing options to suit their needs and budgets. Users can choose from the following versions of Moldflow Adviser 2018:



  • Free (Trial): This version is free for one month (30 days) and includes all the features of Moldflow Adviser.



  • Fusion 360 Simulation Extension: This version is based on Moldflow and is integrated with Fusion 360, a cloud-based CAD/CAM/CAE software. This version allows users to perform simulations within Fusion 360 and access the latest injection molding technology. This version costs 118,- per month*.



  • Moldflow Adviser + Fusion 360: This version includes all the features of Moldflow Adviser and Fusion 360 Simulation Extension, as well as many other features, such as mold cooling analysis, runner optimization, packing pressure and warpage analysis, etc. This version costs 696,- per month*.