Optimize plastic part & mold tooling designs faster than ever

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3DEXPERIENCE PLASTICS simulates how melted plastic flows during the injection molding process to predict manufacturing-related defects on plastic parts in the fully CAD-integrated, cloud-compute environment of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. Users can quickly evaluate manufacturability while they design, to eliminate costly redesigns, improve part quality, and accelerate time-to-market. Plastic part designers can analyze and modify designs while optimizing for form, fit, and function. Mold tool designers can optimize the feed system and cooling circuit designs. Specialist users can link to structural and process apps to tackle advanced workflows.

3DEXPERIENCE PLASTICS is built to handle complex mold layouts, runner systems, and cooling line layouts, providing you the detailed simulation analytics of complicated and costly manufacturing processes. You will be able to optimize design, materials, and process parameters and minimize cycle time, manufacturing, and rework costs.

“We chose a 3D EXPERIENCE Works Simulation solution because it’s cloud-based, which supports our remotely located engineering organization, works seamlessly with SOLIDWORKS design data, and incorporates the Abaqus Explicit solver, which is best suited for the types of simulation studies that we need to conduct on our parts, which can involve hyperelasticity, creep, fatigue, and contact.”

– Thomas Morgan
Design Engineer

Morgan Polymer Seals quote about GoEngineer and the 3DEXPERIENCE SImulia tools


3DEXPERIENCE Plastics Toothbrush Example with Solver Tool

Full-Featured Plastic Injection Solver

  • Simulate filling, packing, mold cooling, and warpage phases of injection-molded plastic products
  • Simulate advanced plastics manufacturing processes, including part insert overmolding, multi-shot overmolding, thermoset material molding, and powder metal injection molding (PIM)
  • Run simulations independently using restart
  • Analyze single-cavity, multi-cavity, and family mold layouts, including sprues, runners, and gates
  • Analyze hot- and cold-runner systems
  • Evaluate valve gated hot-runner systems
  • Analyze mold cooling line layouts

3DEXPERIENCE PlasticsEasy Workflows & Flexible Inputs Example

Easy Workflows & Flexible Inputs

  • Guided user interface with automated meshing allows for easy analysis setup
  • Select contributing parts for cavities, injection system, and cooling system
  • Integration with 3D EXPERIENCE CATIA Mold & Tooling app to directly access analysis-ready cooling layouts and runner systems
  • Exclude runner and part geometry from warp analysis
  • Access thermoplastic, thermoset, mold material, and mold coolant databases
  • Access the gate location adviser tool to obtain suggestions for gate placements
  • Import cooling line layouts and runner systems designed in any CAD system
  • Includes 8 cores of local/cloud computing access, with credits-based access to cloud HPC

3DEXPERIENCE Plastics High=Impact Analytics Example

High-Impact Analytics

  • Detect weld lines, air traps, and sink marks defects
  • Estimate cooling time, cycle time, clamp tonnage, and shot size
  • Evaluate the benefits of using localized mold cooling inserts
  • Visualize filling animation
  • Results for pressure, temperatures, shear rates, shear stresses, and many more critical aspects of the manufacturing process
  • Share results in a web browser on the 3D EXPERIENCE Platform

3DEXPERIENCE Plastics Performance Trade-offs Example

Performance Trade-Offs

Leverage a sophisticated performance trade-off tool to compare results based on goals such as cooling time, warp displacement, and clamp force.

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  • 3DEXPERIENCE Plastic Injection Engineer

    Part of the 3DEXPERIENCE PLASTICS portfolio

      Plastic Injection Engineer

  • A PLM-integrated plastic injection simulation tool with cloud compute included.
  • Key Features:
    - Guided simulation setup with automated meshing
    - Simulate filling, packing, cooling, warpage, overmolding, and more
    - Thermoplastic, thermoset, mold material, and mold coolant databases
    - Gate location advisor tool
    - CATIA Mold & Tooling integration
    - Import cooling line layouts and runner systems from any CAD system
    - Includes 8-core cloud/local compute
  • Typically used by:
    Plastic part designers concerned about manufacturability.


CAD Connector

  • Work with native CAD data in your PLM system.
  • Minimize FEM rework after CAD iterations.
  • For SOLIDWORKS, CATIA, Inventor, Creo, and more.

Cloud/Local Compute Tokens

  • Traditional compute licensing -- great for consistent utilization.
    • Solve time: Unlimited
    • CPU core count: Token-limited
  • User can have both tokens and credits.  

Cloud/Local Compute Credits

  • Flexible compute licensing -- great for burst and/or parallel utilization.
    • Solve time: Credit-limited
    • CPU core count: Unlimited on local, 4-144 on cloud
  • Affordable access to high CPU core counts.
  • User can have both tokens and credits.



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The offical 3DEXPERIENCE Edu Space contains tens of self-guided video courses on 3DEXPERIENCE PLASTICS topics.

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GoEngineer offers training courses from beginning to advanced, taught in-person and online.

With individualized, real-time attention from our expert instructors, this is the surest way to learn 3DEXPERIENCE PLASTICS.


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We can work with you to develop custom analysis methodologies to accomplish whatever simulation you need.


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