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Autodesk Moldflow Adviser Design Plug-in for Inventor

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This new plug-in into Inventor and Inventor LT 2012 can provide near real time feedback to design decisions you make, while you are developing the plastic product. You will get direct feedback on how the design desisions impact the manufacturability, cost and sustainability of the product. The easy to interpret feedback can ensure that the design process moves in the right direction and that the part is developed to conform to plastic part design guidelines.

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Autodesk Moldflow 2011 and Showcase Working Together

    Autodesk Moldflow analysis results can help you determine how well your part design will fill, identify where defects might occur, and assess potential warpage. However, it may be difficult to decide whether the results are actually significant when attempting to interpret them graphically. Using Autodesk Showcase, you can visualize how the part might actually look in real life and determine whether the defects are really visible to the eye, enabling you to assess part quality and decide whether the design should be optimized.

    Once you have analysis results, the Export for Defect Visualization feature becomes active. You can access this tool from the Results menu or from the Tools tab in the Study Tasks pane using the classic user interface style, or from the Results tab using the new user interface style. You can choose to export the part surface only, or you can include sink marks and/or warpage results, with or without a scale factor.

This feature is available for Dual Domain and 3D models.

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Autodesk Moldflow 2011 and Showcase Working Together

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Inventor Tooling – Analysis Overlay

Inventor tooling has always allowed us to run a few different analysis on our plastic parts like:

  • Fill Time
  • Plastic Flow
  • Confidence of Fill
  • Quality Prediction
  • Air Traps
  • Weld Lines

When reviewing these reports in the past you had to look at each one independently.  When working with Inventor Tooling 2011 you now have the ability to use a overlay option that allows you to merge up to 3 different reports at once.  Let’s take a look.

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Inventor Tooling – Analysis Overlays

Part Fill Analysis – Inventor Tooling

When working within the injection mold industry there seems to be a lot of money for someone to make. One area that does real well are the company’s manufacturing the mold designs themselves not normally for the first design but the rework to follow.
Autodesk Inventor tooling has some great analysis built into it that will allow us to:
Identify Part Defects—pinpoint the severity and location of potential manufacturing defects, such as weld lines and air traps. Then, make design changes to avoid these problems.
A part fill analysis evaluates an individual plastic part. Fill analyses answer the following questions:
1. Will the injection molding process produce parts of acceptable quality?
2. Which material should be used?
3. What are the optimal process settings?
4. How many gate locations are required and how will this affect mold filling?
5. Where are the potential defects such as weld lines and air traps?
After the analysis is complete we have the ability to investigate the following results:
Fill time result – The Fill time result shows the position of the flow front at regular intervals as the cavity fills.
Confidence of fill result – The Confidence of fill result displays the probability of plastic filling a region within the cavity under conventional injection molding conditions.
Quality prediction result – The Quality prediction result is used to estimate the quality of the mechanical properties and appearance of the part. This result is derived from the pressure, temperature and other results.
Air traps result – The Air traps result shows a thin, continuous line wherever an air trap is likely to occur.
Weld lines result – The Weld Lines result displays the angle of convergence as two flow fronts meet.
Having this easy to use functionality and others we can produce a better plastic part and overall mold design which will lead to much less rework and a better mold design the first time.

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Working with Multi-Body a Few Good Reasons

With the release of Autodesk Inventor 2010 a great new feature was added called Multi-body or the ability for us to create multiple solid bodies within a single part file. I believe their are a few good reasons to add this to our workflows:

1. Skeletal Layouts

2. Plastic Part Design

3. True “Top Down” Design Approach

4. More Options than Working with Derive Component

5. Similar to Designing in ‘MDT” Mechanical Desktop

Let’s take a look!!!
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