Video: Running a Detailed Molding Analysis

Import geometry and manually designate the mold part cavities, runner system, and tooling components. Then run a detailed analysis for filling, packing, cooling, and warpage.

  1. Click Open Model on the Files icon and browse to the Handle.x_b file in the installation directory, or drag-and-drop the file into the modeling window.

  2. Click Part Cavity and select the two mold cavities.

  3. In the microdialog, select ABS_TerluranGP_22 as the material.
  4. Click Runner System , then Designate Gate and select the two gates that connect the mold cavities to the runner.
  5. Click Designate Runner and select the runner. Runners are connected to the sprue and are used when multiple cavities are being printed. They help the polymer melt run across the face of the two mold halves.
  6. Click Designate Sprue and select the sprue, which connects the injector unit to the molded part. It is usually removed after the cavities have been printed.
  7. Click Designate Injection Point and select the location where the polymer material enters the mold.
  8. Click Tooling , then Mold to add a mold.
  9. Click the on the microdialog, then select the face nearest to the injection point to move the mold face to the injection plane.
    Note: You will be prompted to remove the injection point from inside the mold during run molding analysis if you do not do so during this step. The mold cannot fill if the injection point is within the mold.
  10. Click Designate Cooling System and select the six cooling lines on the model.
  11. Click Designate Insert and select the two inserts on the underside of the part cavities. Inserts can strengthen a molded part and decrease the amount of material used during the molding process.
  12. Click Add Vents and select the two surfaces on the underside of the part cavities near the inserts (video 1:15) to create vents. These help remove trapped gasses during the molding process and increase the quality of the molded part.
  13. Click the Process icon to open and review the default process parameters, then click OK.
  14. Click the button on the Analyze icon and set the slider bar to Detailed.
  15. Select Filling, Packing, Cooling, and Warping to run all four analysis types.
  16. Change the Number of layers to 4 and click Run.
  17. When the simulation is complete, click the green flag to view the results in the Analysis Explorer.
  18. Select a result type and click the Play button under Animation to animate the results.