Inspire Cast by Altair is a comprehensive, fast, accurate and easy-to-use software for analyzing metal casting components. Inspire Cast can handle a variety of casting processes such as gravity sand, gravity die, investment, high pressure, low pressure die casting, and tilt pouring. By analyzing cast parts prior to the construction of any tooling or prototypes, users can improve the quality of their products and improve profitability by preventing predictable casting defects such as porosity and micro-porosity.
Inspire Cast is extremely flexible in the way that different casting components can be created and included in the analysis. With only a few mouse-clicks, users can add or designate different casting components such as cores, chillers, risers, sleeves, overflows, molds, coolers, filters, shot sleeves and crucibles.
This Blog will focus on how easy it is to set-up a riser component.
A sample cast part is shown below inside the Inspire Cast GUI.
Clicking “Components” will display a new menu consisting of a variety of casting components (shown in the red box). Some of these components are used to simulate the casting process more accurately (molds, cores, shot sleeves, etc.). Other components are added to improve the part quality by avoiding manufacturing defects (riser, filters, overflows, etc.).
Our sample cast part contains internal cavities, which means that we should add a “core” component to the mold. The smart algorithms built into Inspire Cast make this easy. My colleague Drew Buchanan recently wrote a Blog article describing the process for adding a core, which can be found here.
To add a riser we mouse to the main part of the “Riser” icon and click “Add/Edit Riser”.
We are prompted to pick a surface to position the riser.
When we pick the top surface, the software automatically creates a cone shaped riser component. We can scale the riser to the desired size by adjusting either the Modulus or Diameter input.
Another option is to create the riser in your favorite CAD package and then import it into Inspire Cast. In this case we want to “Designate” the riser component, as opposed to creating it in Inspire Cast.
To do this I mouse over to the right side of the “Riser” icon and click “Designate Components as Risers”.
I pick the imported riser geometry and it will now be treated as a riser in the simulation.
Adding other casting components such as molds, sleeves, coolers and filters follows a similar workflow and can also be completed with just a few mouse clicks. With the components successfully setup I can proceed to run the analysis and study the results.
Inspire Cast is comprehensive, intuitive, and easy-to-use software for the casting industry. The setup of different casting components is very flexible; either create casting components within the software or import them and “designate” the various component depending on their specific functionality. Now go design some innovative products with the help of the comprehensive analysis tools available in Altair Inspire Cast.
Simulation Product Specialist
Computer Aided Technology, Inc.