D-Cubed Lets Mold and Die Makers Simulate Motion Studies
Shawn Wasserman posted on August 04, 2015 |
VISI 21 mold tool sequencing and motion simulation of sliders, lifters and rack/pinion mechanisms.

VISI 21 mold tool sequencing and motion simulation of sliders, lifters and rack/pinion mechanisms.

Vero Software, provider of the CAD/CAM software VISI 21, has licensed Siemens’s D-Cubed software to improve their motion simulation studies. By integrating D-Cubed’s Assembly Engineering Manager (AEM) and Collision Detection Manager (CDM) directly into VISI 21, the workflows for mold and die engineers should be improved.

The addition of D-Cubed will allow engineers to simulate the interaction, collisions and operations of mold and die components such as cams, fixtures, lifters, racks and sliders. D-Cubed’s AEM will be able to calculate the effect of forces and engineering devices while in motion. VISI 21 can then model the effects of springs and CAM mechanism. CDM will then be able to assess the collision detections during the motions.

"VISI customers need to model the complex motion of parts in mold and die assemblies accurately and rapidly,” said Marco Cafasso, product development manager at Vero. “Using our graphic timeline, operators can control the start and end movement cycles for various groups of components. The D-Cubed team worked extensively with our development team to optimize the performance of AEM and CDM in this demanding use-case. The quality and responsiveness of technical support enabled us to deliver a superior solution to our customers.”

On top of these added-motion simulation capabilities, the VISI portfolio currently includes the capability to produce:

  • Wireframes
  • Surface to solid modeling
  • Plastic flow front analysis
  • 3D tool design
  • Wire EDM
  • Milling strategies for 2D, 3D and 5-axis machines

Paul Sicking, senior vice president of Siemens PLM Software, said, “Customers like Vero who apply our components to new and challenging applications save time and resources delivering higher productivity for their end users, while at the same time these demanding use cases help us enhance our own products.”

With this integration, Vero has licensed all six components of the D-Cubed family including:

  • Dimensional Constraint Manager (DCM)
  • Alphacam
  • Cabinet Vision
  • Radan
  • AEM
  • CDM

The integration of these simulation programs into an industry-specific tool like VISI 21 follows the trend in CAE to create comprehensive silo-specific tools. The idea is to give professionals all the tools they need to perform their job within a single platform. They do not need to know how the complex parts of the platform work, as with simulation, they only need to know how they all interact. To learn about other organizations following this trend, follow this link.

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