Saturday, October 25, 2008

shringkage of mold calculation, mold calculator

as the request, lot of people need engineering and calculation of injection mold and mold design, so i try to make little software, the name is mold calculator, it's freeware so download it and you can publish it, now it still under development, in this beta version this software only provided various shrinkage formula.

what is shrinkage ?

Shrinkage is inherent in the injection molding process. Shrinkage occurs because the density of polymer varies from the processing temperature to the ambient temperature
There are linear and volumetric shrinkage. Both methods are difficult to measure accurately.
see more information about shrinkage and what the main thing that affecting shrinkage in http://plastics-engineering.blogspot.com/search/label/shrinkage

Relation Between Injection parameter setting and shrinkage
picture below shown relation between shrinkage and injection machine parameter.


Mold Calculator software beta 1
calculating shrinkage is basic when designing mold, so
i try to make little software, more than 4 year never learn or make some program again, then now i still learn .net frame work, as the practice i try make this software, becouse I'm not professional software designer please don't hesitate to contact me, give some advice both in programming and mold calculation.

this software is still under development, on this version you can calculate, shrinkage value, dimension after and before shrinkage, and exact shrinkage scale to input in 3D modeling software.

to download those mold calculator, i have 2 version, In Indonesian language version and English language version, download at

English version

Indonesian version

you also need download .net framework 3.5 from Microsoft

Basic Formula of Shrinkage

D' = D x(1+shr)
with
D' is dimension after shrinkage
D is dimension before shrinkage
shr is shrinkage (in persen %)

so to calculate shrinkage we can use formula

shr = (D'/D)-1

from this basic formula we can develop by substitute with other formula

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