Altair is thrilled to welcome SIMCON to the Altair Partner Alliance (APA). Headquartered near Aachen, Germany, SIMCON specializes in plastics injection molding and provides software tools that help customers design better parts, molds, and find better injection molding machine settings. This makes the injection molding process easier, more efficient, more cost-effective, and more sustainable.
The addition of SIMCON’s advanced simulation technology will give Altair customers a broader, more powerful set of virtual injection molding tools that integrate with other simulation-guided product design tools such as structural solvers, thermal solvers, crash testing software, and metrology software. This will foster proactive collaboration between departments and part and mold designers, which will minimize issues and costly mold corrections.
SIMCON’s proven software suite bolsters Altair’s existing polymer engineering offerings – which already includes materials data, CAE workflow, and manufacturing solutions – and will help Altair customers drive the digital transformation of the plastics engineering value chain. By adding SIMCON, Altair now boasts the most complete set of plastics engineering solutions and expertise. SIMCON’s solutions allow customers to digitally revolutionize their entire plastics engineering value chain. With industry-leading precision and speed, customers can anticipate and fix issues like air entrapments, weld lines, hot spots, sink marks and shrinkage and warpage virtually– before molds are built.
Through the APA, SIMCON will offer three packages for injection molding simulation and design optimization, and a separate package for optimized mold tryouts.
The simulation and design packages are:
- WARP-IT!: Enables customers to simulate the filling, packing, and cooling phases of injection molding, including the shrinkage and warpage that occurs during cooling. It can also simulate sequential and cascading injection molding, and multi-component filling and inserts.
- OPTIMIZE IT!: Gives users access to VARIMOS, a powerful automation, variant analysis, and optimization tool. With it, users can work faster and more efficiently compared to traditional trial-and-error simulation. VARIMOS shortens engineering time from weeks to days by evaluating many design alternatives simultaneously.
- VARIMIZE IT!: SIMCON’s complete package that offers users all of CADMOULD’s modules and VARIMOS. With it, users can simulate and optimize the entire injection molding process, including special methods like injection compression, foaming, and rubber materials. This package also includes the Unwarp module, which can compute mold compensations and export warped part results in an ultra-high-resolution mesh, like for virtual metrology; it also includes an FEM module for structural analysis.
The optimized mold tryout management package is VARIMOS Real. This tool helps machine-setters achieve final, real-world refinements and optimize machine settings by setting up an efficient design of experiments (DoE) and learning from the results. With this package, users can improve development time and quality, assess the robustness of their manufacturing process, and determine whether mold corrections are required. Lastly, it can optimize quality features that aren’t yet represented in simulation, like parts’ surface qualities.
SIMCON’s solutions are applied in the automotive, engineering, aerospace, consumer, and medical sectors, and have been honed by more than 30 years of experience and refinement. Through the APA, this technology will enable holistic, simulation-driven product design and manufacturing that will maximize performance and create more sustainable plastic products.
“Joining the Altair Partner Alliance gives Altair customers access to top-of-the-line injection molding technology that fits nicely within Altair’s current suite of offerings,” said Dr. Paul Filz, managing director, SIMCON. “We look forward to the innovations that will spring from our technology alongside Altair solutions.”
To learn more about SIMCON and its injection molding technology, register for this introductory webinar.