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.
Video Link: Autodesk Moldflow Adviser Design Plug-in for Inventor
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.
Autodesk Moldflow 2011 and Showcase Working Together
Tags: render, visualization
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.
Inventor Tooling – Analysis Overlays
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!!!
Created by Dave one of the Cad Geeks