The need for simulation
Given the challenges todayís designers face, making the benefits of simulation accessible to a broad group of users has never been more important.
Poor and untested designs can lead to flawed products and can cost a lot of time and money to resolve. Determining a productís performance using simulation tools can help companies avoid these costs before manufacturing begins and troubleshooting becomes really expensive.
Without this critical insight, companies are faced with potential production problems, or worse, product failures and liabilities that can have a significant impact on their business. (Iím sure I donít need to go into detail of how costly and damaging a product recall can be -- but suffice to say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.)
It is worth mentioning here that the molds can be incredibly complex and expensive, with costs sometimes upwards of one million dollars. If a company makes a design mistake and the mold has to be radically altered, things can become expensive quickly, which is the worst possible outcome for companies who are focused on profitability and cost cutting.
By providing plastic part designers with a fast and easy way to understand the impact of their design decisions, customers in a variety of industries are able to make better decisions earlier in the design process -- with impressive results for companies of all sizes.
Hanno Van Raalte is product manager for Moldflow Products, Autodesk Inc.