State-of-art technologies for plastics design and engineering in MeshWorks2020

Plastics have been used for many years to manufacture technical products to supply automotive, aeronautic, medical and electrometric industries. To the industries focussed on lightweighting, such as automotive- plastic parts have shown their advantage- delivering more miles per gallon, with lesser emissions. In industries like biomedical, 3D printing / additive manufacturing, PLA (Polylactic Acid) has led to new possibilities in bio friendly products.

The common challenges faced during manufacturing for all industries are reducing the length of the development period for each product, limiting the costs of development and manufacturing, continuous improvement of product quality and performance, and the mitigation of safety and environment concerns. Computer-aided engineering (CAE) is used as one of the basic engineering technologies to address such challenges. In the field of plastics, CAE software are widely used to reduce the costs and the cycle time, thus improving the product quality by assisting in simulating the plastic product, and simulating the moulding process. Using CAE, defects in the plastic parts, such as, welding lines and shrinkage, can be simulated. CAE can also be used to detect critical regions with heat accumulation, sink marks, residual stress built-up and product warpage.

Engineering teams across industries are looking at the design of plastic parts while considering recycling factors, as well as designing with recycled materials. The economics though currently favour virgin plastic parts over recycled plastics, but as technology advances this could change at any time. Given the ability and advantages of plastic parts, engineers require fast modeling tools that help virtually validate performance. They are also looking for quick model editing tools that can help tune the performance of plastic parts.

DEP MeshWorks as an Engineering platform has best in class concept modeling, mesh modeling, mesh reuse, parameterization, and automation, as well as countermeasure creation tools for complex plastic parts across industry verticals. Over 30 to 80% time savings can be achieved compared to traditional tools and methods.

Strong Concept Modeling tools – CAE leads Design

Unique Mesh Modeling tools, Countermeasure creation tools and Special purpose tools

MeshWorks for Plastics Manufacturing CAE

  • Transformation from surface CAD of the plastic parts to mesh model, along with features capturing proficiency.
  • Creation of Honeycomb stiffeners on the fly at the concept stage.
  • Conversion of Topology density plot into valid plastic part features.
  • Mesh morphing and CAD morphing tools to realize the concept with minimal CAD input.
  • Fast and quality mesh model creation for plastic parts.
  • Best-in-class mesh editing tools and mesh flow correction tools.
  • Automatic variable thickness assignment features.
  • Mesh re-use tool and feature stitching tools for plastic parts.
  • Bi Directional CAE and CAD connectivity features.
  • CAE Process Automation tools.
  • Mesh Parameterization and countermeasure creation (without using CAD data) tools.
  • Best-in-class Hex mesh modeling and editing tools for plastic parts, structural and non structural foams.
  • Apply deformation tool for connecting part warpage results back to input FE model.
  • CAD morphing and STL interface helps prototype parts quicker with 3D printing method.

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Optimize the Plastic Designs for Various Operational Loads Using MeshWorks Powerful Parametric CAE Technology

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