In recent years, with the increasing variety, complexity, and precision requirement on plastic products, CAE tools have been widely used for solving product design and manufacturing issues. The structural designs or molding process parameters for products can be optimized efficiently through CAE analyses. Plus the reliable and correct verification with experiments, the directions or guidance in designs or process condition settings can be provided prior to the real moldings. However, sometimes it is not efficient to find an optimized set of parameters through traditional CAE analyses. A novel integration between Moldex3D and HyperStudy allows for more quick and efficient parameter optimization which will save time, increase product quality, and increase productivity.
Also, traditional CAE analyses do not consider the molding properties influence on structural analysis, such as material property variations caused by fiber orientation and residual stresses. Accordingly, an integrated technology is proposed to bridge molding and structural analysis. Through the integration of Moldex3D and structural analysis in HyperWorks platform, the important effects from molding process can be transferred to structural analysis for more accurate and realistic predictions of the product behaviors. This integration provides a virtual product development platform for users to increase profits as well as enhance productivity.