Sigmasoft software simulates injection molding. but at K 2016, Sigma Engineering GmbH showed both its Virtual Molding simulation and real, live molding, on an Engel e-mac 100 injection press. The part: Ursula. And she was made of silicon.
Ursula is a labyrinthine-geometry mesh product used for carrying a bottle of wine in a mesh container. It was named after the James Bond scene in the movie “Dr. No” where Ursula Andress carries collected sea shells on the beach.
Ursula the mesh bag made its debut at Fakuma in 2015, from the partner companies, Sigma Engineering, CVA Silicone and Momentive Performance Materials Inc.
K show visits saw real and virtual production at the same time. That explains Sigma's K theme: “Hands-on Virtual Molding.”
In another demonstration, K visitors could see actual molding of a two-component LSR part on a four-by-four cavity mold running in Momentive's booth, on an Arburg Allrounder 470 A molding press. Sigma presented the virtual production at its booth.
Sigmasoft Virtual Molding is designed to carefully evaluate the performance of an injection mold design, showing potential weak spots and optimizing the design.
Also at the K show, Sigma offered a first look of future software developments, including design of experiments and an optimization tool.
Sigma Engineering is in Aachen, Germany.
Tel. 011 49 241 89495-0, email [email protected].