What’s New in Autodesk Moldflow 2017

by James Herzing25 May 2016

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There have been a number of significant improvements made to the 2017 version of Autodesk Moldflow. Of course, we cannot cover all of the great features here such as composite overmolding, additional LSR material availability and cooling for gas-assisted molding, so please make sure to watch the “What’s New” video at the end of this post as well as take a look at the new feature videos on theAutodesk Simulation YouTube or Autodesk Moldflow YouTube channels.  Alright, let’s dive on in!

Autodesk Licensing Changes

Existing customers with perpetual licenses on subscription can keep paying subscription costs and get access to new versions of the software moving forward. Any new licenses that are purchased will be an annual license that you will buy at a lower upfront cost.

In addition to being able to solve locally and on machines in your network, as a Moldflow Insight user you will now also be able to solve on the cloud! This will give you extra on-demand analysis capacity to complete for instance a rush project, or use it to analyze large models that don’t comfortably fit your laptop or workstation. For Moldflow Insight customers that have one Insight license, you will now also have access to one cloud entitlement. All you will need are some cloud credits and you’ll be all set. If you’d like some more details, take a look at this short video.

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Usability and Productivity Improvements

You’ll notice that you now when you get your ribbons set up just the way you like them you’ll be able to save the customizations so the next time you use Moldflow they’ll be setup the way you left them.  You’re also able to export this configuration for use on other machines.

Thanks to input from the Moldflow IdeaStation we have also added cut plane synchronization for helping with results comparison. Now when comparing results, cut planes will automatically update on each window to ensure that you are comparing the same section of your part.

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Creating reports directly inside of Moldflow has gotten significantly easier! We’ve included scripts and templates to create custom reports that can include captured images, tables and graphs of design data as well as other information such as element count or materials used. Check out a quick video on this here.

To setup and modify local mesh controls on a model more efficiently, group of specific surfaces and define specific edge lengths and or local mesh densities for a given area. Some new mesh selection and surface mesh modification tools were added to directly modify the model directly at a mesh level, saving you from going back to your CAD package to make changes and create another mesh.

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Material Data and Solver Improvements

We now support two-shot overmolding cooling and have extended the software’s foaming capabilities. Moldflow Insight now supports chemical blowing agents (here’s a quick video explaining this feature) and the ability to use core back simulation. We have also added the capability to use induction heating in the foaming process.

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Last, but certainly not least, let’s touch on the speed and accuracy improvements in Moldflow 2017. When meshing, by default we now produce 10 layers of elements through a walls thickness instead of the 6 layers that previous versions created. The structure of the mesh has also changed to improve numerical stability. Although the total element count can increase due to these changes, the added stability and tweaks to the solvers have improved the speed and accuracy for most analyses.

For more on the improvements made to the latest release of Autodesk Moldflow, check out the What’s New Playlist on the Moldflow YouTube channel. If you have any questions, please reach out directly on our Facebook or Twitter pages, or email me atjames.herzing@autodesk.com.

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