Troy, Mich. — Altair, a suburban Detroit company specializing in product development software, has launched a new product that simulates injection molding.
The company says Altair Inspire Mold gives product design engineers unrivaled problem solving tools and opportunities to make better design decisions earlier, reduce costs, speed time-to-market, and optimize the quality and manufacturability of finished parts.
"Inspire Mold embodies everything we believe simulation should be. It puts designers and engineers firmly in control of faster, more intelligent, and intuitive evaluation of injection molded plastic parts," James Dagg, Altair's chief technical officer, said in a news release. "Inspire Mold reduces the costs and delays traditionally found in the slow and laborious processing of design iterations, as well as the building and reworking of prototype molds."
The manufacturability of new components can be evaluated at the outset of the development process, and the risk of defects — such as warping, sink marks and short shots — can be addressed before any investments are made in molds. Scrap, tooling, and rework costs also can be reduced, the release says.
Other key features include: virtual testing, validation, correction, and optimization of molding designs via a five-step workflow; 3D technology; access to materials data; and technology for design, material mapping, structural analysis, and fatigue performance of complex parts.
For more information, go to https://web.altair.com/breaking-the-mold.