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Simulation tools for plastic injection moulding

Moldflow® software for plastic injection moulding simulation helps reduce manufacturing defects. Access tools for injection mould design, plastic part design and injection moulding.

Moldflow Insight

Access a complete set of advanced plastics engineering simulation tools for analysts. Simulate the most advanced moulding processes to avoid production delays.

  • New

    Mesh to solve in one click

    Improve your productivity by meshing and analysing your model in one step.
    (video: 1.30 min.)

  • Direct geometry editing

    Directly edit properties like wall thickness or feature positions and try multiple combinations. (video: 1.42 min.)

  • Part optimisation studies

    Use design of experiments with model geometry parameter range values.
    (video: 1.37 min.)

  • Cloud analysis

    Run multiple analyses in the cloud without compromising your local resource capacity. (video: 1.51 min.)

  • Cooling for overmoulding

    Cooling analysis has been extended to gas-assisted injection moulding and two-shot overmoulding. (video: 1.57 min.)

  • 3D resin transfer moulding (RTM)

    Designate parts of the mould that have fibre mats and define the properties of resin permeability. (video: 1.50 min.)

  • Shrinkage and warpage

    Generate accurately compensated models for tooling or further geometry modification. 

  • Controlled valve gate opening

    Achieve higher-quality surface finishes by combining controlled and sequential valve gating. (video: 1.22 min.)

  • New | Powder injection moulding

    Simulate your metal or ceramic injection moulding process.

  • Surface defect traceability

    View polymer pathlines to avoid surface defects.

  • Induction heating

    Simulate electromagnetic induction heating of mould components.

  • Thermoplastics injection moulding

    Simulate your design and moulding processes, including reactive moulding, microchip encapsulation and more. 

  • New | Multiple-barrel thermoplastics injection moulding

    Analyse and evaluate the use of multiple injection moulding barrels to fill injection moulded parts. 

  • Fibre orientation

    Assess the fibre orientation, shape and structural properties of parts. 

  • Mould cooling

    Capture advanced cooling techniques and layouts, such as conformal cooling and transient heat calculations. 

  • Reduce moulding defects

    Address moulding defects early and reduce potential defects such as air traps, short shots, core shifts and more. 

  • Defect visualisation

    Visualise defects such as weld lines and sink marks and optimise the position of injection points and more.

  • Two-shot sequential overmoulding

    Simulate the process of 2 sequential injections or materials and analyse the overmoulding process.

  • Birefringence

    Help predict and reduce optical performance issues, such as blurring or double images. 

  • One-directional core shifts

    Simulate one-directional core deflection on parts with inserts. 

  • Export results to structural package

    Transfer Moldflow data to Helius PFA projects to verify the structural performance of your part.

  • Design of experiments (DOE)

    Use DOE analysis to determine which input variables, such as mould temperature and injection time, influence quality.

  • Parametric study

    Optimise moulding parameters to meet quality goals. Change moulding parameters, then visualise the effects on the part.

  • Chemical blowing agents

    Simulate chemical blowing agents to create plastic parts with an internal foam structure. 

  • MuCell core back injection moulding

    Get stronger, lighter parts by combining microcellular foam injection moulding with core back technology from Trexel.  

  • Microcellular injection moulding

    Analyse microcellular injection moulding with 3D meshes. Includes constant density and fit classical nucleation models.

  • Gas-assisted injection moulding

    Optimise gas channel shape and penetration. Improve the location of injection positions, delay time and more.

  • Lightweight manufacturing validation

    Check lightweight component processes and ensure that parts meet dimensional and functional specifications.

  • Compression and injection compression moulding

    Mould and create parts for specific applications that conventional injection moulding cannot address. 

  • Orthotropic part inserts

    Simulate continuous fibre inserts made from composite materials or wood and analyse any overmoulded part defects. 

  • Bi-injection moulding simulation

    Inject 2 materials into one cavity and determine the relative distribution and location of materials.

  • Microchip encapsulation

    Predict wire sweep and paddle shift with tools for designing the encapsulation package, the tool, lead frame and wires.

  • Flexible cloud solving options

    Run multiple simulations in the cloud simultaneously, while you continue to work on other tasks on your computer.

    Cloud service

  • Analysis reports

    Easily share your Moldflow analysis results with template reports in HTML, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. 

  • Usability improvements

    Improvements include customisable ribbons, synchronisation of clipping panes in locked windows and more.

  • Improved results interpretation

    New plots provide more insight into simulation results, including cavity weight, initial bending moment and others. 

  • Meshing productivity

    Create, repair and refine meshes with tools for mesh selection and node previews during remeshing. 

  • Material databases

    Databases include 9,500+ plastics for injection moulding and parameters such as coolants and injection moulding machines.

  • Application Programming Interface (API)

    API automation tools let you create custom scripts with no programming experience. 

Moldflow Adviser

Access plastic simulation tools for engineers and analysts. Optimise part and mould designs to ensure moulded part quality and manufacturability.

  • Runner balancing

    Runner balancing ensures that all the cavities of a mould fill at the same time and with evenly distributed pressure. (video: 2.30 min.)

  • Part tolerance, shrinkage and warpage

    Analyse part warpage and evaluate potential design issues for optimal part quality. (video: 2.14 min.)

  • Effective mould modelling and cooling

    Automatically generate cooling channels, add multiple cooling planes or manually model the cooling circuits.
    (video: 2.09 min.)

  • Adviser for the designer

    Analyse and evaluate concepts to see the impact of design choices early in the development process. (video: 3.09 min.)