Altair Inspire Mold allows users to evaluate part manufacturability of injection molds, mitigating common manufacturing defects long before a mold is made. Image courtesy Altair Engineering Inc.

Altair’s next generation software aims to help engineers optimize the quality and manufacturability of finished parts.

TROY, Mich.—New injection-molding simulation software from Altair Engineering Inc. is reported to offer engineers superior solver performance along with opportunities to make better design decisions earlier. Altair Inspire Mold brings Altair’s core philosophies—simulation-driven design and democratization of simulation—to the injection molded plastics manufacturing sector, the company said in a press release.

Injection molded plastic components play a critical role in a vast array of applications, from toys and consumer electronics to high-performance, load-bearing components in sectors like aerospace and automotive. They constituted a $258 billion global market in 2019 that is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5 percent from 2020 to 2027, according to a report from Grand View Research.

By using the Inspire Mold software, engineers can reduce costs, speed time-to-market, and optimize the quality and manufacturability of finished parts, according to Altair.

Altair Inspire Mold’s easy-to-learn five-step workflow enables users to easily perform virtual testing, validation, correction, and optimization of molding designs. Image courtesy Altair Engineering Inc.

“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,” said James Dagg, chief technical officer for Altair, in the 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.”

Inspire Mold enables engineers to evaluate the manufacturability of new components at the outset of the development process. This knowledge allows them to mitigate the risks of defects, such as warping, sink marks, and short shots, before making costly investments in molds, according to Altair. As a result, design iterations can be completed faster, and fewer are needed before identifying an optimal solution. Scrap, tooling, and rework costs are slashed, and there are no requirements for specialized, GPU-computing hardware, the company said.

The software is said to offer an optimized user experience, as well as “fast, next generation 3D technology.” Product designers and engineers can easily conduct virtual testing, validation, correction, and optimization of molding designs via an intuitive, five-step workflow. Experimental approximations of traditional 2.5D solvers are eliminated, the company said, and support for advanced physics empowers advanced and novice users with deeper insights and understanding.

Data for 60 materials is embedded in Inspire Mold, and the Altair Material Data Center (MDC) will soon be integrated. This will allow MDC license holders direct, immediate access to “reliable, high-quality material data,” according to Altair. The technology is described as a “comprehensive end-to-end solution” that “stretches from initial design through to material mapping of reinforced engineering polymers, analyzing and optimizing the structural and fatigue performance of complex parts,” the company said in the release.

Altair is a global technology company that provides software for data analytics, simulation, and high-performance computing (HPC).

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