CoreTech Systems Co., the Taiwanese developer of mold-filling simulation software, has introduced Moldex3D R7.0, a new version that CoreTech claims is the first parallel-computing flow simulation for injection molding.
Parallel computing - which allows the user to use industrial computers that tie together more than one processor - saves a significant amount of time when creating three-dimensional models for computer-aided engineering.
Moldex3D is a Windows-based flow analysis package that predicts how resin will fill a mold.
For the past year, Moldex3D is distributed in the United States by EPS FloTek of Naperville, Ill., which is a consulting company that specializes in flow CAE flow analysis.
The software ``is relatively new in the United States, but the technology has actually been around for about 20 years now,'' said Kevin Grens, national sales manager for EPS FloTek. BASF Corp. is the most recent company to buy Moldex 3D software.
Moldex is going up against a much-better-known competitor: Moldflow Corp. CoreTech is getting more aggressive in the U.S. market. The NPE 2003 show last year in Chicago was CoreTech's first time exhibiting at NPE. Now the company is getting ready to exhibit at two upcoming shows, Plastics USA and K 2004.
CoreTech Systems will be listed under the Moldex product name at both shows, according to Grens.
In recent years, the CAE industry has been moving to true 3D models, instead of creating a 2D model from a midplane extraction (this is sometimes known as ``2.5D'' in CAE lingo). Grens said generating the actual 3D models is fast, but it takes a very long time - hours - to crunch the numbers from a 3D model to get the analysis of mold filling, part warping and other factors.
Parallel computing speeds it up. Grens said it's like using four personal computers instead of one. Speed is important because CAE is used in product design.
Moldex simulates flow, pack, cool and warp, and the package offers advanced modules for reaction injection molding, gas-assisted molding and fiber orientation.
CoreTech, headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, plans to add coinjection and Linux clustering shortly.
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