What is Casting Simulation?

What is Casting Simulation, and why should I use it?

If you are involved with producing or using metal castings, you know that making reliable, high-quality cast parts is the key to success. In today's competitive world, casting producers must find ways to improve quality, reduce lead times and cut costs in order to succeed. Foundries relying on the traditional trial-and-error methods of the past to design casting processes are finding it more and more difficult to compete. Customers will no longer accept high levels of scrap or long lead times.

Casting simulation is a new technology that allows you to design your casting process on the computer, before making expensive molds or patterns and before producing scrap parts. Using simulation, you can import your customer's 3D models and have the system tell you how many risers are required, where they should be placed, what size they should be, and what size and shape to use for sprues, runners and gates. Then you can simulate and visualize, on the computer screen, the entire process of casting the part, including pouring, solidification and shrinkage formation. Using this information, you can fine-tune your design to produce the best casting possible, at the lowest cost. You can even have the system automatically redesign the process, using optimization techniques to search for the design which gives you the optimum in quality and yield.

All of this can be done in a fraction of the time that it takes to build equipment and make sample castings. This means that, when you do build molds or patterns and make your first castings, you will have a much higher success rate, fewer process changes, and less scrap. To your customer, this means reduced lead times, better first-time castings, higher quality over the life of the casting, and lower costs. This is the formula for success in today's manufacturing environment.

Why use casting simulation software from Finite Solutions?