Autodesk Inc., which bought Moldflow Corp. in May, has developed a feature that allows plastics designers and engineers to automatically create thin-walled plastic parts and features such as grills, rests, bosses, snaps, lips, grooves and fillets.
Autodesk Investor Plastic Features Technology Preview is available on its Autodesk Labs Web site.
The company in San Rafael, Calif., said it combines Autodesk's industrial design products with Moldflow injection molding simulation software and mechanical design simulation software from PlassoTech Inc. of Calabasas, Calif., which Autodesk acquired last year.
“Plastics are one of the fastest-growing engineering materials, and Autodesk is committed to providing customers with scalable, attainable and cost-effective digital prototyping solutions that help take their design productivity and innovation to new heights,” said Robert Kross, senior vice president of Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions. “We encourage anyone involved in plastic design — not just current Inventor [software] users — to try Inventor Plastic Features.”
For a limited time, the preview is available for free. For information, visit http://labs.autodesk.com.