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Plastic injection molding

Plastic injection molding

Plastic injection molding is a manufacturing process for producing parts from plastic materials and is widely used for a variety of parts, from the smallest component to entire body panels for vehicles.

After a plastic product is designed, usually by an industrial designer or an engineer, injection molds are made by a mold maker (or tool maker) from metal, usually either steel or aluminum, and precision-machined to form the features of the desired part.

Plastic is then fed into a heated barrel, mixed, and injected into a mold cavity where it cools and hardens to the shape of the injection mold.

Plastic injection molding design and simulation

With the use of plastic parts on the rise in almost every industry, combined with growing pressure to reduce costs and cut time to market, the need for plastic injection molding simulation tools that provide deep insight into the plastic injection molding process has never been greater.

The Autodesk Simulation family of products delivers a comprehensive set of simulation software tools that are easy to integrate into each phase of the product development process. From mechanical stress, vibration, and motion to computational fluid dynamics (US site), plastic injection molding, and multiphysics, simulation software from Autodesk provides a fast, accurate, and innovative approach to solving your most challenging design problems.

Autodesk is dedicated to providing a wide range of plastic injection molding simulation tools to help CAE analysts, designers, engineers, mold makers, and molding professionals create more accurate digital prototypes and bring better products to market at less cost.

Autodesk solutions for manufacturing

See how the Autodesk solution for digital prototyping is helping manufacturers design, visualize, and simulate consumer products, industrial machinery, building products, and more.

Plastic injection molding simulation software

Plastic injection molding simulation software for FEA

Moldflow (US site)
Optimize and validate your injection molding process.

Helius PFA software

Helius PFA (US site)
Improve accuracy, efficiency, and convergence of nonlinear FEA solutions of composite structures.

Helius Composite software

Helius Composite (US site)
Predict the behavior of composite materials, laminates, and simple structures.

Inventor mechanical design and 3D CAD software for FEA

Inventor Professional
Develop, manage, and deliver great products with digital prototyping capabilities.
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Product Design & Manufacturing Collection
A comprehensive digital prototyping solution to help you make great products.
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Simulation Mechanical software for FEA

Simulation Mechanical (US site)
Study finite element analysis (FEA) and mechanical event simulation.

Plastic injection molding software for students

Now you can push the boundaries of plastic injection molding simulation with Autodesk software. Download the same, full version software that more than 9 million designers, engineers, and digital artists are using, including Autodesk Inventor Professional, Autodesk Moldflow Advisor Ultimate, Autodesk Helius Composite, and Autodesk Helius PFA software.