RocTool, Autodesk collaborate on moldflow simulation

Rapid composites and plastics molding technology specialist RocTool is collaborating with 3D design software firm Autodesk and the company's Autodesk Simulation Moldflow Insight.

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RocTool (Le Bourget du Lac, France; Charlotte, NC, US), specialist in the design and development of technologies for rapid molding of composites and plastics, has announced a new collaboration with 3D design software company Autodesk Inc. (Waltham, MA, US) and the company’s plastic injection molding software, Autodesk Simulation Moldflow Insight.

The collaboration between RocTool and Autodesk integrates the induction technology developed by RocTool into Autodesk Simulation Moldflow’s flag ship simulation tool.
“Autodesk Simulation Moldflow helps designers, mold makers and engineers evaluate and optimize the implementation of the RocTool induction heating technology in their molds,” says Hanno Van Raalte, product manager for Moldflow products at Autodesk. “Manufacturers can compare possible alternative configuration and see the impact on final product quality and cycle time, before the tool design is finalized.”

RocTool says its fast heating and cooling technologies allow mass production of plastic parts with good surface quality directly from the mold, without visible weld lines and with improved mechanical properties, with a reduction in production costs. It also is said to help with difficult thinwall moldings or molding materials that require very high mold temperatures.

“This relationship marks a real strategic change that will make RocTool’s technologies more accessible to manufacturers and subcontractors,” states Stéphane Hersen, RocTool’s new president and CEO. “It will allow customers to more easily compare designs and make better decisions.”