And that testing starts with moldflow simulation software which allows us to accurately predict the flow of molten plastic into the tool and identify potential issues that can lead to manufacturing defects. This information not only reduces the need for costly mold modifications, it helps us further optimize both part and tool designs prior to mold build – and that saves you money.
Melet uses advanced Autodesk moldflow simulation software to perform its moldflow simulations which include:
Heating and cooling simulation
This is used to determine temperature distribution and variation in the mold during plastic injection, which allows us to improve the layout of cooling channels and heating elements to create parts with optimal product quality and a minimal cycle time.
Fiber orientation simulation
When using fiber reinforced plastics, we will also test for fiber orientation as well as potential long fiber breakage. This allows us to accurately predict the material properties and mechanical performance of the final product.
Shrinkage and warpage simulation
We also evaluate all injection mold designs to predict shrinkage and warpage of the end product based on the intended material grade and processing parameters.
We determine the optimal size and location of the sprue, runner, gates, and vents.