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Metal Casting Technologies : March 2011
COMPANY PROFILE OLIDCast simulates castings poured in cast iron, steel, aluminum, copper-base, magnesium, nickel- based and almost any other alloy. A database of several hundred alloys, with all pertinent properties, is included. SOLIDCast can simulate molding processes such as sand, investment and permanent mold. You can use sleeves (insulating or exothermic), chills, hot topping, cooling channels, and just about anything else that is used in the metal casting process. SOLIDCast contains both Gating and Riser Design WizardsTM, tools that allow you to rig new castings in just a few minutes, using actual simulation results, not guesses based on simple geometry. Since casting alloy, mold material and mold inserts are all considered, there is no more accurate way to rig a casting than with the Gating and Riser Design Wizards! Graphics are the most sophisticated available, with fully movable 3D models, X-ray images, high-resolution color plots and Windows video files. Send movies to anyone with a Windows PC! SOLIDCast lets you see how your casting will solidify before you make patterns, dies and costly mistakes. Pour test castings on the computer, not the foundry floor! Design gating systems and test them out before making your first casting. Casting simulation helps you to shorten lead times, produce higher quality and improve yield. All of this means lower costs, higher profits and improved marketability for your foundry. Optimization of casting process de- sign using SOLIDcastTM and HyperOpt® OPTICastTM is an amazing software tool that works in conjunction with the SOLIDCastTM solidification modeling system. OPTICast uses the HyperOpt® system from Altair Engineering, Inc., the leader in the field of optimization software. What does OPTICast do? OPTICast actually automates the simulation process! Start with an initial design for a casting, with gating and risering, typically created in the SOLIDCast modeling system, using the Gating and Riser Design WizardsTM. Then select the following elements: Design Variables: Design elements that are allowed to vary. For example, the height and diameter of a riser. It could also be the metal pouring temperature, or the preheat temperature of an investment shell. Constraints: Used to determine whether a particular design is acceptable. For example, the foundry engineer might specify a minimum acceptable yield percentage, or a maximum acceptable level of macroporosity. The Objective Function: States what the foundry engineer is trying to achieve. Examples might be to maximize the yield, minimize shrinkage or minimize solidification time. Once these elements are identified, the user then launches an Optimization Run. This consists of a series of simulations in which the design conditions are varied under the control of HyperOpt, model changes are made and simulation results are evaluated, all completely automatically, until the desired result is achieved. Using OPTICast, the foundry engineer can start with an initial design and allow the computer to do the work of modifying the design and running simulations to achieve an optimum result. Now the technology of automated design is brought to the foundry in the form of a practical and easy-to-use design tool. OPTICast can help you to improve your yield and your quality to an optimum point, while freeing design engineers from the repetitive task of trial-and-error design. The world's most popular PC- based casting simulation system S Why do companies and schools worldwide use SOLIDCastTM? BECAUSE IT WORKS!! No other casting simulation program offers POWER, EASE OF USE and ACCURACY like SOLIDCast. Dual Sprue Rigging System Designed by the SOLIDCast Gating and Riser Design Wizards Original Riser Design Optmized Riser Design. 12% Yield Improvement. Flow Path Tracing in an Aluminum Sand Casting Authorized agents: Casting Solutions Pty Ltd -- Australia email@example.com TEMC Metal and Chemical Co Ltd -- Taiwan firstname.lastname@example.org EDS Technologies Pvt Ltd -- India email@example.com Hodgen Fdy Tech Co Ltd - China firstname.lastname@example.org Visit us at GIFA stand 15/G04-07