Advance in plastic part design and manufacturing announced

Software vendor Autodesk claims industry first in new real time feedback software for injection moulding simulation.

Design and PLM software vendor, Autodesk, yesterday announced the release of Autodesk Simulation DFM (Design for Manufacturing) software.

Autodesk claims this is the manufacturing industry’s first real-time injection moulding simulation with real-time feedback. The CAD software plug-in provides designers of plastic parts with a faster and easier way to determine the impact of design decisions on manufacturability, cost and sustainability concerns.

The technology was developed by Autodesk’s innovation and R&D centre, Autodesk Labs and under the project name Project Krypton. The new release is now ready to integrate with the wider Autodesk Product Design Suite and specifically Autodesk Inventor software.

Autodesk Simulation DFM is designed to be a complementary add-on to Autodesk Simulation Moldflow but its vendors assures that it is compatible with similar software from competitors Dassault Systemmes and PTC.

Autodesk senior vice president for design, lifecycle and simulation at Autodesk, Robert Kross, commented on the new release saying: “With Autodesk Simulation DFM, designers of plastic parts can more easily create designs that are viable from a manufacturing standpoint, while helping ensure low costs and sustainability.”

“Users do not need a simulation background to take advantage of Autodesk Simulation DFM — the software is highly intuitive and easily integrates into any design workflow,” he concluded.

Simulation DFM provides real-time feedback through specific and familiar design indicators, all while the design is still taking shape. Green, yellow and red indicators identify potential manufacturing, cost and sustainability concerns as a designer is creating his or her vision. When potential problems are found, the designer receives explicit, real-world information about the source and location of the problem so it can be addressed as early as possible in the process.

Simulation DFM provides real-time feedback for users while the design is still taking shape. Green, yellow and red indicators identify potential manufacturing, cost and sustainability concerns as a designer is working. When potential problems are found, the designer receives explicit information about the source of the problem.