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eemingly every day, new developments are made in the metalcast-


ing industry. Whether it’s innovating a new process, producing a more effec- tive alloy or inventing ways to save


some money for a consumer, the industry continues to press ahead. Te same goes for casting


process modeling. Tanks to new technology, innovations come at a rapid pace and help metalcasters


gain the most out of their processes. MODERN CASTING surveyed


several companies offering this ser- vice, and the following is a wrap-up of five versions of casting process modeling systems.


MAGMASOFT


MAGMA Foundry Technologies, Inc. 10 N. Martingale Road, Suite 425 Schaumburg, Illinois 60173 847-969-1001 www.magmasoft.com info@magmasoft.com


Entry Price Point: Approximately $3,000.00/per month for a 1-year rental license. Overview: MAGMA is a supplier of


casting process optimization software, as well as related education and engineer- ing services. MAGMA’s developments with use of simulation and autonomous optimization have provided new insights into the casting process. Newest Features: The newest


version of MAGMASOFT includes the capability to autonomously investigate the effects of nearly all relevant casting process and design parameters on casting quality and cost. This technology leads to a faster process understanding. It establishes robust process windows and ensures a more efficient use of the engineer’s time. Setting up an autonomous optimization lets the software run through various process and tooling layout parameter combi- nations, finding the best configura- tion to meet product, process and cost requirements. MAGMASOFT can either run a sequence of simu- lations as an autonomous design of experiments or search for the optimum configuration to achieve the given objectives autonomously. MAGMA C+M expands the utiliza- tion of MAGMASOFT’s casting process simulation into the realm of core production. The coremaking process can be included right at the beginning of the casting develop-


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ment process. MAGMA C+M is available as an add-on module to a current MAGMASOFT license and also as a stand-alone software. It includes the capability to con- sider the core alone and the core plus the sand in the shot cylinder, binder hardening/curing simula- tion, gassing and purging for cold box cores, heating, gassing and drying of inorganic cores, heat- ing of hot box and shell cores, and simulation of the cyclic tempering of the core box for relevant binder systems (inorganic, hot box). Software’s Strengths: MAG-


MASOFT combines ease-of-use with the comprehensive consideration of all industry relevant casting related material properties and behaviors, as


well as process parameters. Te inte- gration of autonomous optimization tools provides the software user with the fastest way to establish robust casting designs and process setups providing the best compromise between casting quality and cost. What’s Unique: Te range of


results includes residual stresses and distortion, microstructure forma- tion and local properties. A modular software design covers the complete process chain of cast components. Te software can be applied for optimized process robustness and part quality from conceptual to final component design, during the tooling layout and prototyping, all the way through to the production and heat treatment processes.


MAGMASOFT can either run a sequence of simulations as an autonomous design of experiments or search for the optimum configuration to achieve the given objectives autonomously.


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