The University of Bradford has been using Autodesk Simulation Moldflow software for many years to investigate key injection-molding effects such as fiber orientation, residual stresses, warpage, post-injection product performance, heat transfer, and feature replication. This class builds on our Autodesk University 2011 class and covers the experimental and computational analysis of short- and -fiber reinforced components during injection molding, along with thermal investigations of the micromolding process.
Users of Autodesk Simulation Moldflow and product designers who are interested in fiber-reinforced polymer composites and microscale components
Dr Fin Caton-Rose is the Director of Studies for Design in the School of Engineering, Design and Technology and works within the Polymer IRC at the University of Bradford. Fin is a board member of the recently formed UK China Advanced Materials Research Institute and is co-investigator and stream leader in the Global Engagements in Advanced Materials for Healthcare. His research interests are in solid phase polymer processing, fibre reinforced materials through injection moulding and computer modelling of polymer processing.
Compression molding is one of the earliest forms of molding. It is typically used for thermoset materials, but can be used with thermoplastics. The advantages of compression molding include more isotropic fiber distribution, dimensional stability, and surface finish. Compression molding can also support large part sizes, and it has a tendency to produce fewer knit lines. Injection-compression molding is a combination of injection and compression molding. The process keeps the advantages of injection molding and combines them with the advantages of compression molding. In this class, we highlight the advantages and limitations of both processes. We also discuss, in detail, the implementation of the processes using Autodesk® Simulation Moldflow® Insight software.