SIGMASOFT® Virtual Molding is the most complete and accurate software package available to simulate the processing of thermosets, both for injection and mold-transfer processes. Beyond the prediction of filling and curing behavior, its highly sophisticated 3D solver technology allows to simulate also complex effects, such as jetting or plug-flow. As the only software in the market to effortlessly integrate the complete mold information within the simulation, it allows furthermore to predict the impact of mold components, processing times and temperatures in the filling and curing reaction of thermoset materials.
The Thermoset module includes following features:
In the development process of thermoset parts, once the topics around part design are solved, new questions arise regarding the definition of the mold concept and the selection of the processing window:
- Where to place the heating cartridges?
- How many heaters should be placed?
- How much power is required for each cartridge?
- How can the curing time be reduced?
- Are there cold spots in the mold?
- Is the isolation between the cold runner and the part effective?
- Where should thermocouples be placed?
SIGMASOFT® Virtual Molding is a comprehensive, easy-to-use tool that answers those questions. The technology of Virtual Molding reproduces exactly the same working conditions as in the machine and runs several cycles one after other. The electrical heaters can be replicated exactly as they are in reality, with all the information about their material, power and control system. In this way, the thermal layout of the mold can be understood and optimized.
SIGMASOFT® Virtual Molding uses an intuitive graphical interface to guide the user through the setup step by step. An intelligent meshing algorithm generates a 3D mesh for a complete mold in less than 5 minutes. No mesh stitching or triangle moving is necessary, not even for an entire system. The possibility to load in complete mold geometries allows SIGMASOFT® to truly reflect the entire process.
Outstanding engineering at your service
Success in virtually replicating the plastic injection molding process calls for direct contact between users and a competent engineering team with a solid technical background in plastics. Our strong and effective support team, along with an application-oriented group of developers work closely with you long-term will ensure your success.