The first steps new users usually take in simulation with SIGMASOFT® Virtual Molding are recalculating existing processes. These have usually developed over many years of experience with similar parts in the respective company. The great similarity between simulation results and reality then encourages users to develop new processes for other parts. Here, too, it is usually possible to implement in reality exactly what the calculation promised. This is particularly important in the proposal phase, when cost estimates determine the profit or loss of a project at an early stage.
But this way of working only recalculated what experienced developers have successfully decided in other cases. No optimization has yet been carried out, and hidden savings potential in material usage, cycle time, energy consumption, etc. is thus still unknown. These can be found through systematic trials, however. What would be completely unrealistic in reality – such as running and evaluating a series of tests with three materials, five different gate positions and ten different machine settings - is quite easy with SIGMASOFT®. The resulting 150 trials are run together and systematically in one calculation.