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RocTool has opened simplified access to its technologies through a new collaboration with 3D design software company, Autodesk, and the company’s plastic injection moulding software, Autodesk Simulation Moldflow Insight.
“This relationship marks a real strategic change that will make RocTool’s technologies more accessible to manufacturers and subcontractors,” states Stéphane Hersen, RocTool’s new President & CEO. “It will allow customers to more easily compare designs and make better decisions.”
The collaboration between RocTool and Autodesk integrates the induction technology developed by RocTool into Autodesk Simulation Moldflow’s flagship simulation tool. “Autodesk Simulation Moldflow helps designers, mould makers and engineers evaluate and optimise the implementation of the RocTool induction heating technology in their moulds”, says Hanno Van Raalte, Product Manager for Moldflow products at Autodesk. “Manufacturers can compare possible alternative configuration and see the impact on final product quality and cycle time, before the tool design is finalised.”
RocTool’s says its Heat and Cool technologies allow mass production of plastic parts with optimum surface quality directly from the mould, without visible weld lines and improved mechanical properties, with a reduction in production costs. It also helps with difficult thin wall mouldings or moulding materials that require very high mould temperatures.
RocTool explains that this collaboration reinforces its commitment to allow users of Autodesk Simulation Moldflow to easily access the added value of RocTool’s technologies from April 2015. The “RocTool Ready” concept is a part of the company’s new industrial strategy, which aims to simplify access to RocTool’s well-established premium technologies. “The ‘plug and play’ concept, which allows customers easy online access to the software, is in place to assist users in deciding between the many different technologies on the market,” explains Hersen.
RocTool is currently expanding it’s collaborations with other technology companies in order to allow customers access to all simulation software, resins, moulds and equipment, which ensures the optimal integration of RocTool technology. “When it comes to raising productivity, improving surface quality, reducing the weight or controlling warpage, RocTool has a real added value compared to existing solutions on the market,” concludes Hersen.
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