November 22, 2010
SIMPOE Demonstrates First Plastic Application Integrated with PTC's Creo
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SIMPOE, leaders in plastic injection simulation software, announced the integration of its fully-embedded plastic injection simulation solution SimpoePro with PTC's Creo.

The application will be available when Creo begins shipment, currently expected in June 2011.

SIMPOE, a member of the PTC PartnerAdvantage Program at the Gold Tier, was selected as an early adopter of Creo technology and demonstrated
SimpoePro at the Worldwide Creo launch on October 28th in Boston. With
SimpoePro, PTC customers involved in the design, development, tooling and manufacturing of plastic parts will be able to optimize the design of their plastic parts, minimize tooling as well as manufacturing costs, without ever leaving their familiar everyday Creo graphic user environment.

SimpoePro offers the ease of use, speed and affordability of all SIMPOE solutions, and addresses the complete injection process, from part filling to part warp age.

SimpoePro currently supports Creo Elements/Pro 5.0 (formerly known as PTC Pro/ENGINEER 5.0). When Creo begins shipment customers will have access to the first fully embedded and complete plastic injection simulation solution to optimize the design and manufacturing costs of their plastic parts!

Michael M. Campbell, PTC's Divisional Vice President ,Design and Visualization Products, commented: “SIMPOE's early and successful commitment to the Creo demonstrates the power of our vision. Partners such as SIMPOE play a critical role in extending the value of Creo for customers.”

Thierry LEROY, SIMPOE Chief Operating Officer, said “Porting our software on the Creo was an easier than expected task, which reflects the quality and the openness of the API provided by PTC. The ease of use and scalability of SIMPOE solutions really matches the PTC Creo positioning. With SimpoePro, each person involved in the design, development, tooling or manufacturing of plastic parts can have access to the right simulation tools to perform their task in the product development process, to optimize product design and minimize manufacturing costs.”

Commentary By Jeffrey Rowe, Editor

We met with the SIMPOE folks at PTC's Creo launch and were impressed to see how well SimpoePro was integrated and running inside the new Creo/Elements Pro interface. This is particularly impressive because SIMPOE just became a PTC Gold Partner in August.

From what we observed during the demo, SimpoePro is relatively easy to learn and use - something of a rarity for a plastic design and tooling optimization tool.

With SimpoePro , Creo/Elements Pro users will be able to identify early in the design stage potential manufacturing problems, study alternative solutions, and directly assess the impact on parts or process modification, in the Creo/Elements Pro graphic environment (just as they can now inside Pro/ENGINEER). The integration of SimpoePro with Creo/Elements Pro closes the loop of plastic part design and manufacturing optimization, regardless of the complexity and geometry of parts, including shell parts and simple solid parts.

The SimpoePro software suite includes the following plug-in modules:
  • SimpoePro FILL, the base module, simulates part filling. SimpoePro FILL includes the powerfull pre- and post treatment functionalities developed by SIMPOE, as well as the built-in material library of thousands of references, which can be also customized in a few mouse clicks. With SIMPOE' s algorithms, SimpoePro automatically meshes the part in the blink of an eye. SimpoePro FILL results include visualization of the melt front, weld lines, air traps, temperature and pressure distributions, shear rate and constraints, clamping forces, etc. SimpoePro FILL also includes links to structural analysis, as well as export of the counter-deformed geometry, for mold design optimization.
  • SimpoePro PACK simulates the packing phase, residual constraints, sink marks locations, and optimizes the part manufacturing cycle time.
  • SimpoePro COOL, simulates thermal regulation during the injection process, for defining optimum process time. Channels libraries can be defined in Creo/Elements Pro for a later use with SimpoePro.
  • SimpoePro WARP simulates part deformation after mold opening. Deformations can be visualized in either direction, or globally, and the effects of residual constraints, as well as material shrinkage displayed separately.

    SimpoePro's design validation helps optimize plastic part design by:
  • Optimizing the design of plastic parts and accounting for manufacturing constraints from the beginning of the product development process.
  • Identifying weld lines, burns, potential short shorts.
  • Suppressing sink marks.
  • Testing new material, without having to stop actual production equipment.
  • Minimizing part warpage.
  • Communicating with subcontractors and suppliers with animated images or video.

    With SimpoePro, plastic tooling can be optimized by:
  • Performing “what if” anayses, reducing the number of mold prototypes and minimize tooling modifications.
  • Defining optimum gates and locations.
  • Optimizing runner systems.
  • Defining venting locations.
  • Optimizing cooling channels and the efficiency of your thermal regulation system.

    With SimpoePro, manufacturing can be optimized for maximizing usage of production equipment by:
  • Determining, given available injection equipment, which press is best suited for producing a part.
  • Determining the required press capacity.
  • Determining minimum cycle time to meet part quality requirements.

    SIMPOE was one of three PTC partners who demonstrated their products working inside the new Creo interface (the other two were Luxion/KeyShot and VISTAGY/FiberSIM). As Creo takes off, and we hope it will, expect to see a lot more vendors become interested in becoming partners for this major CAD development that will launch next year.

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