Aachen, October 13th, 2023 – At FAKUMA in Friedrichshafen (October 17-21, 2023), you can once again see several applications running on injection molding machines that were realized with the help of the simulation software SIGMASOFT®. Visitors at the Arburg booth in Hall A3 will take home a particularly valuable memento. The two-component mold was developed by RICO as a result of a Design Thinking workshop at the University of Arts in Linz. To realize such a complex component, a wealth of experience is required. For example the quality of the LSR overmolding becomes a risk due to process- and material-dependent shrinkage and warpage of the simultaneously injected plastic part.
SIGMASOFT®, well-known for simulation of polymer processing, was used here to design the entire process in detail. This includes ensuring a homogeneous temperature distribution with an optimal energy balance. Also, various plastics were virtually examined for their suitability with SIGMASOFT® Virtual Molding. This allowed for precise adaptation of the cavity for the soft component to the inserted plastic part, eliminating flash and any post-processing of finished part or changes of the mold.