Moldflow Announces Moldflow Plastics Insight 6.0 Plastics Simulation Software

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Jan. 5, 2006— Moldflow Corporation (NASDAQ: MFLO), the leading provider of design through manufacturing solutions for the plastics injection molding industry, announced release 6.0 of Moldflow Plastics Insight(R) (MPI(R)), the industry's most powerful and widely used plastics design analysis software.

MPI 6.0 delivers new technologies and key enhancements that help users work more efficiently, significantly reduce solution time, interact better with CAD, structural analysis and other Moldflow applications, and better understand and communicate analysis results.

Two new technologies in MPI 6.0 bring significant breakthroughs for 3D filling and warpage applications. The new coupled 3D Flow solver is up to eight times faster, and renders more accurate temperature and shear heating calculations, new capabilities to predict air traps and to simulate gas penetration in 1D beam elements, and the first-of-its-kind capability to simulate jetting phenomena. Similarly, new 3D Warp solver technology delivers results up to 35 times faster.

Ken Welch, executive VP and general manager of Moldflow's Design Analysis Solutions business unit, states: "Succeeding in today's global market depends on continuously increasing efficiency and performance. This is especially true in the plastics industry, where the widespread use of 3D CAD systems for integrated part and tool design has generated a corresponding shift to CAE analysis technologies that run directly on those 3D models. The new 3D solver technologies in MPI 6.0 embody the culmination of a major research and development undertaking and employ the latest numerical simulation techniques to break down former speed and capacity barriers for our customers who increasingly rely on MPI/3D solutions to increase output and quality."

Gal Sherbelis of GS Design (Rh'anana, Israel), says: "The MPI 6.0 release delivers two significant improvements in the 3D Flow simulation: accuracy and execution time. Using the new version, I was able to simulate a very specific air entrapment problem in an area where the flow front moved from a thin to a thick section; the trapped air bubbles caused a surface defect. MPI 6.0 allowed me to understand the cause of the problem and examine a change to the geometry that would fix it. Plus, the reduction in solver execution time enables me to run more 3D analyses on thin-wall parts, even on models with a large number of elements."

Other key features:
        display reduces screen clutter and allows more efficient
        workflow for most tasks with a new Tools panel and Toolbox,
        consolidated Project and Study Tasks panel, and single log
        window that consolidates most textual outputs.

        Claudio Dall'Acqua, Moldflow analyst at HRSflow (San Polo Di
        Piave, Italy), says: "The new user interface organization is
        more rational than ever and allows quicker access to modeling,
        meshing, and mesh diagnostic and repair functions. In
        particular, the new directed diagnostics navigation is very
        useful. These improvements have helped speed up my
        pre-processing work. Additionally, I have seen improvement in
        meshing operations, especially in part thickness calculations
        on our Fusion models."

    --  IMPROVED PRODUCT INTEGRATION - Export Part/Runner/Cooling
        model to CAD via IGES format, improved interfaces to ABAQUS(R)
        and ANSYS(R), a new interface to LS-DYNA(TM), plus new
        capabilities to exchange design-through-manufacturing data
        between Moldflow Manufacturing Solutions and Design Analysis
        Solutions products. The improved integration between MPI and
        industry standard structural integration programs allows
        designers of high performance plastic applications to more
        accurately account for the effects of processing on the
        performance of injection molded plastic parts when subject to
        service loading.

        Andy Rose of DSM-DADC (Geleen, The Netherlands) uses both
        Moldflow and LS-DYNA analyses in his work. "The new LS-DYNA
        interface allows us to output MPI results for subsequent
        mechanical analysis using LS-DYNA. This improves our
        understanding of how injection molded parts will perform under
        dynamic conditions. For analyzing automotive components,
        LS-DYNA provides some unique features for dynamic analyses,
        especially impact and collision (crashworthiness) simulations,
        which help show achievement of quality and regulatory safety
        standards. Now we can account for initial stress and (for
        fiber-reinforced materials) anisotropic material property
        distributions to achieve a more accurate prediction of part
        performance under true operating conditions."

        Systematically validate mesh quality with directed diagnostics
        navigation. Generate reports in Microsoft(R) Word(R) or
        PowerPoint(R) formats, in addition to HTML format. Share
        information with a distributed design-through-manufacturing
        team by exporting Moldflow results files and creating
        comparison criteria files for viewing in the Moldflow
        Communicator utility.

        Alain Cuzel, CAD/CAM Manager at Calor (St-Jean de Bournay,
        France), says: "The new directed diagnostics navigation tool
        is a welcome improvement that saves us time in mesh
        optimization tasks. The automatic view adjustment helps us
        address meshing issues more efficiently."

        Rotraud Freytag, Manager CAE Unit at Upper Austrian Research
        GmbH (Wels, Austria), says: "As injection molding simulation
        consultants, we interact with companies in many different
        industries. The expanded report generation options and new
        communication tool implemented in MPI 6.0 make it easier to
        share analysis results with our project partners or customers
        quickly, thus enabling them to start necessary optimization
        processes much faster."

    --  MORE INFORMATIVE RESULT DISPLAYS - Isolate warpage due to
        unbalanced cooling, non-uniform shrinkage and fiber
        orientation in 3D Warp, view mold internal temperature
        distributions in 3D Cool, see the plastic re-melt zone in 3D
        Overmolding, capture changes in the flow front due to jetting
        in 3D Flow, visualize the Von Mises stresses on the surface of
        the core in Core Shift, and isolate warpage due to corner
        effects for Midplane and Fusion Warp analyses.


MPI 6.0 is available now. For more information, please call Moldflow at 508-358-5848 or go to

About Moldflow

Moldflow Corporation (NASDAQ: MFLO) is the leading global provider of design through manufacturing solutions for the plastics injection molding industry. Moldflow's products and services allow companies to address part and mold design issues at the earliest stage and maximize productivity and profitability on the manufacturing floor. Visit for more information.

Note: Moldflow, Moldflow Plastics Insight, and MPI are trademarks or registered trademarks of Moldflow Corporation or its subsidiaries worldwide and other trademarks are properties of their respective holders.

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