New Release: Tackling Mold Analysis Issues with Creo

Anyone charged with designing plastics parts or injection molds for plastics design spends a lot of time thinking about how to make sure that their creations are fully optimized for the injection molding process.

And making sure those designs are optimized is no easy task. For starters, designers need to determine whether the mold will fill with the correct wall thickness. They also need to decide on the best plastic injection points, because injecting material in a less-than-optimum place could lead to big problems with the final product – or it just look bad.

Another big concern is the correct positioning of weld lines. This is essential, whether it’s for cosmetic appearance or structural integrity. You’ll also need to spend time researching different materials for a particular design and communicating the information you discover to other members of the team.

Any failure to successfully carry out these activities could result in costly mold rework, excess material use, mold debugging trials, and increased time to market for final products.

For best results, plastic parts designers need reliable and easy-to-understand analysis data to gain insights into manufacturability and to optimize part design. The newest addition to the Creo product family provides just that data.

With the Creo Mold Analysis Extension, users can quickly and accurately simulate the injection molding of plastic parts within Creo Parametric. Designers use the tool to identify and analyze potential problems, optimize designs, and improve the manufacturability of products.

Watch this quick video to see the Creo Mold Analysis Extension in action:

Creo Mold Analysis Extension uses patent-pending technology to eliminate the need to create mid-plane geometry from complex solid models for accurate flow simulation. Creating mid-planes is often a very difficult and time-consuming process for most plastic parts. Taking away this expensive step makes it possible to do more simulations, quicker.

With the new extension, teams can create optimum designs, even if they lack expert plastics processing knowledge. That’s because the software boasts a fully defined library for common plastic materials; automatic selection of typical injection-molding machine parameters; and simplified output plots.

Use the software to answer questions like:

  • Can the part be injection molded with this wall thickness and this material?
  • Where will the weld lines be?
  • Where is the optimum gate location?
  • Would it be better to gate the part in location A or location B?
  • Will my available manufacturing processes be adequate to fill this part?
  • Will the part fill with adequate surface quality?

The new extension helps you quickly bring in the expertise to examine and recommend actions to improve the manufacturing process. And then easily communicate that information to your team by using the tool’s reporting capabilities.

The resulting report contains a complete account of the simulation process including all resulting quantities, and it can be viewed directly. Graphic images with text annotations are provided along with a complete simulation summary.

Other features of the extension include:

  • An intuitive, process-driven user interface embedded within Creo Parametric
  • Animation for the plastic injection fill process
  • Automatic application of optimized process conditions according to the selected plastic material
  • True 3D solid solver
  • Extensive analysis capabilities covering moldability, melt front time, sink mark, fill pressure, temperature, and velocity vector

The capabilities within the Creo Mold Analysis Extension give analysts and designers deep insight into plastic flow behaviors from both a macro and micro view. Use this powerful tool to run injection molding analyses for design verification and optimization within Creo Parametric, and save costs on mold re-engineering and late-cycle design changes.

Learn more about the Creo Mold Analysis Extension.