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Updated Metalcasting Modeling Platform

July 27, 2020
FLOW-3D CAST v5.1 combines accuracy, versatility, ease of use, and high performance cloud computing, including new process workspaces and solidification model.

FLOW SCIENCE INC. released an update to its FLOW-3D CAST v5.1 metalcasting modeling platform, combining accuracy with versatility, ease of use, and high performance cloud computing. The new simulation program features new process workspaces for investment casting, sand coremaking, centrifugal casting, and continuous casting, as well as a chemistry-based alloy solidification model capable of predicting the strength of a part at the end of casting process; an expansive exothermic riser database; and improved interactive geometry creation.

FLOW-3D CAST now has 11 process workspaces that cover the spectrum of metalcasting applications, which can be purchased individually or as bundles.

“Offering FLOW-3D CAST by process workspace gives foundries and tool-and-die shops the flexibility to balance their needs with cost, in order to address the increased challenges and demands of the manufacturing sector,” explained Flow Science CEO Dr. Amir Isfahani.

FLOW-3D CAST v5.1’s new solidification model approaches "the next frontier" of metalcasting simulation, i.e., the ability to predict the strength and mechanical properties of cast parts while reducing scrap, while meeting product safety and performance requirements.

By accessing a database of chemical compositions of alloys, users can predict final tensile strength, elongation, and thermal conductivity to understand better both the mechanical properties and microstructure of the part.

“This release delivers the complete package – a process-driven workspace concept for every casting application paired with our unparalleled filling and now, groundbreaking microstructure and solidification analyses. Expert casting knowledge pre-loads sensible components and defaults for each workspace, putting our users on a path to success each time they run a simulation,” according to Isfahani.

Additionally, databases for heat-transfer coefficients, air vents, HPDC machines, and GTP Schäfer risers provide information at users’ fingertips. The new Exothermic Riser Database along with the Solidification Hotspot Identification tool help users with the precise placement of exothermic risers to prevent predicted shrinkage.

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