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Finite Solutions Inc invented PC-based casting simulation in 1985. They have continuously improved their software ever since and we have been UK agents right from the start.

SolidCast

While other solidification packages often require expensive workstations and expert technicians, SOLIDCast can be run on low-cost PCs by existing foundry staff with only two days training.

SOLIDCast is user friendly and simple to use, running up to ten times faster than many competitors.

 

Why Use Casting Simulation Software?

Metalcasters know that making reliable, high-quality parts is the key to success. It is becoming essential to manufacture quickly and be right first time. Foundries using trial-and-error methods struggle to compete in the current marketplace, because customers no longer accept high scrap levels and long lead times.

Casting simulation enables you to method castings on computer before committing to expensive pattern or die manufacture, and certainly before making any scrap parts. Using simulation you import the customer's 3D models. The computer decides the number, size and location of feeders, selecting also the sprues, runners and ingates required.

The entire casting process can be simulated and visualized on computer. Casting design and manufacturing processes can be fine-tuned for best quality castings at lowest cost, with minimized process changes and scrap. To your customer this means reduced lead times, better first-time castings and higher quality throughout the life of the casting.

Simulation Software Example

Here is an example of what our software can offer. In the first videoclip mould filling is simulated accurately in the SOLIDCast System. Pathlines define metal movements while colours map the temperature throughout filling and at the commencement of freezing.

The progress of freezing in the casting is mapped in various ways. In the second videoclip a Rotating Scan shows the times at which different parts of the casting reach the Critical Fraction Solid Temperature (SFST) - when liquid feeding of shrinkage ceases.

Note: Videoclips may infer FLOWCast is essential for good simulations. This is not the case, although videoclips are impressive. For many foundries the dramatically faster operating SOLIDCast mould filling facility is highly satisfactory. So unless studying mould erosion is required or mould-filling videos are needed for marketing purposes, the default SOLIDCast filling can be preferable.