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Plastic Advisor


Plastic Advisor

We have a license of Creo Plastic Advisor that we are so far not using.
I have a couple of questions about it if anyone can advise.

We design plastic parts that we mold in-house. We also do some of the
mold design from scratch and would also like to analyze some of our
existing molds to optimize runners etc.

Do I need a license of Pro/Mold on the same machine to use it?
Can I simulate the filling of any part that I have already modeled in
the past, or is there more to it than that? (i.e. will I have to rebuild
or modify the parts before I can start?)
How steep is the learning curve?
How does it compare to Moldflow as far as ease of use, effective
results, etc?

I don't know much about the package and am wondering if it worth
learning more or dropping the license and saving some money. We
currently use Elements 5.0

Any help will be greatly appreciated


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Hi Chris,

We used Pro/Plastic advisor (licenced from Moldflow) in earlier versions of Pro/Engineer. There were some problems when Moldflow was acquired by Autodesk. PTC maintenance updates of advisor stopped in about 2007, so we stopped paying maintenance on that module. This meant that we could not use advisor when we moved to Creo Elements Pro. We have since bought an equivalent standalone licence of Autodesk Moldflow Advisor, as this provided the latest features of the Adviser software such as the ability to export analysis results that could be viewed in the free Moldflow communicator and access to more comprehensive material database.

I’m not sure about PTC's current Plastic Adviser offering but when we were using it we didn't need a Pro/Mold licence to run it.

You could use advisor to analyse part filling on existing parts modelled in Pro/E without remodelling. It was very easy to use. When you opened Advisor from Pro/E, it automatically created an STL file of the active part which was then opened in a separate Advisor window. All you needed to do then was to select 1 or more feed points and a material. You could then use the default mould settings or change them if required then press go.

As far as I am aware the module was intended as a basic analysis tool for use by part designers, allowing prediction of sink, short shots, weld lines and air traps etc. It only worked at part level and could not accurately model runner systems and warp of parts.

If you need to analyse the runner systems & warp you needed more advanced software like Moldflow Insight which was aimed at Mould makers.

Hope this helps.