Simulating Complex Plastic Products on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

   By Malak Souissi on March 7, 2023

Simulating complex plastic products can be a challenging task, but with the robust capabilities of Simulia on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, it becomes an achievable goal. Simulia is a simulation software suite that offers Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Plastic Injection Molding simulation capabilities. The platform’s advanced simulation features provide an accurate prediction of product behavior, making it easier to identify and correct potential issues before the product is manufactured.

What role do I need to simulate Plastic Injection in the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform?

One of the most important features of Simulia is its ability to simulate injection molding. Simulating injection molding helps users optimize the process parameters for a given product design. The platform’s Plastic Injection Role provides an accurate representation of the entire injection molding process, including fill time, temperature, pressure, and more. This feature helps engineers visualize and understand the behavior of plastic during the molding process and optimize the mold design to achieve the desired product properties.

Picture 1: Different designs simulated at once in the 3DEXPERIENCE Simulia App

The Plastic FEA capability on the platform offers another set of features for plastic simulation. The injection molding role helps in finding molding defects, sink marks, deformations, forming, fill time, and warping of the injected plastic. This feature helps in designing a product that can withstand the anticipated load, minimizing deformation and ensuring long-term durability. With the aid of Plastic FEA, engineers can predict the product’s response to various loading conditions and optimize its design to enhance its performance.  Using this tool engineers can predict common molding defects including weld lines, air traps, and incomplete filings also known as short shots.

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Picture 2: Example of results on the 3DX Plastic Injector Role

The platform’s advanced simulation capabilities also allow for the identification of potential defects that may occur during the molding process. This feature helps in finding defects such as air traps, weld lines, and sink marks that could negatively affect the product’s aesthetics and functionality. By identifying these issues early on, engineers can refine the mold design to ensure the product meets the required specifications.

Example of results on the 3DX Plastic Injector Role

3DEXPERIENCE’s Simulia offers advanced simulation capabilities that make it possible to simulate complex plastic products accurately. The platform’s Plastic Injection Role and Plastic FEA capabilities provide engineers with a comprehensive set of features to simulate the entire injection molding process, analyze plastic behavior, and identify potential defects. Contact a TriMech representative for more information about this too.

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