Reduce risk. Minimize waste. Control cost. Optimize design.

Our in-house predictive mold-flow analysis helps us quickly identify potential risks before production. After mold flow analysis has been completed, our expert engineers collaborate with you on design or material adjustments to ensure your products are beautifully designed, durable, and cost effective.

What is Mold Flow Analysis?

Mold flow analysis (MFA) software simulates plastic flow, allowing you to enhance mold design and create the highest quality products possible. This analysis provides a virtual sneak peek into how the chosen material will fill a mold’s cavities and highlights potential areas of concern. Digitally simulating this process before cutting the tool allows changes to be made early on, ultimately saving money and optimizing results.

When Should Mold Flow Analysis be Used?

MFA should be conducted before tooling production launches. Software can be used to evaluate the mold design to make sure it will produce the most consistent and highest quality parts from each cavity of the tool. A virtual model of the mold is created and, using the known data and characteristics of the chosen material, the software is able to predict how the material will flow into and throughout the mold and its cavities. Different data points can be assessed, including pressure, fill time and melt temperature. Doing so allows for optimization of the process before tool production ever begins.

Benefits of Mold Flow Analysis

MFA offers several benefits, including:

  • Resolve wall thickness issues
  • Optimize gate location
  • Fill mold cavities consistently and uniformly
  • Uncover weaknesses in design geometry
  • Avoid costly tooling errors and rework
  • Improve manufacturability
  • Reduce time to market
  • Improve efficiency and quality
  • Discover potential visual defects, including air traps, sink marks and weld lines
  • Evaluate different material options pre-production to choose the best material
  • Show customer and supplier data to support your design or need for changes