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Autodesk’s extends Moldflow insight to nonlinear structural simulation

News International-French

5 Jun 2014

Project Sundance is an application that allows users to export the fiber orientation results from a Moldflow simulation and use them to run a nonlinear structural simulation in Abaqus Standard or Explicit.

For years, Autodesk Simulation Moldflow has grown to become an industry standard in simulation of plastic injection molding. Among its capabilities, Moldflow excels at predicting the orientation of short fibers resulting from the molding process – information that is eagerly sought after by structural analysts. To meet this demand, Autodesk has spent the past several months combining the simulation expertise in injection molding and advanced finite element analysis of composite materials to develop a tool that will bridge the gap.

Project Sundance is an application that allows users to export the fiber orientation results from a Moldflow simulation and use them to run a nonlinear structural simulation in Abaqus Standard or Explicit. After importing both the Moldflow and structural models, a simple workflow assists users in applying material data, evaluating the meshes and then mapping fiber orientation results from the Moldflow model to the structural model. The updated structural model can then be exported for FEA simulation. With more specific fiber orientation information for a given model and nonlinear material behavior within the FEA analysis, users gain more accurate insight into the behavior and structural performance of short fiber composite parts.


Project Sundance has been released as a free technology preview in the Autodesk Labs. Through an online forum, Labs provides the public with free, early access to prototypes, & technology previews. Its mission is to provide a collaborative environment and involve customers in the progress of design technology solutions.

“Project Sundance has been exciting to release because it is really the culmination of customer input and our technology development over the past year” said Senior Development Manager, Emmett Nelson. “Early, conceptual conversations with potential users were very positive and we look forward to getting feedback through the tech preview process to help us further refine the tool and make it a benefit to users.”

More information:www.autodesk.com