With MAGMA5 Release 5.2, MAGMA GmbH, Germany, has recently released the latest version of its leading casting process simulation software with significant new and improved functionality. More than 160 improvements were implemented for the user in the new Release 5.2. A main focus of the development efforts was on increasing the efficiency in evaluating simulation results.
MAGMA5 Rel. 5.2 now allows the direct comparison of up to four different project versions in the result perspective. Filling, solidification and stress results can be animated in a synchronized mode. A special highlight is the option to display the geometry and all MAGMA5 results in 3D stereo using shutter or red/cyan glasses and to store them as 3D images or movies. Various new tools facilitate a standardized result evaluation.
New result criteria allow for a more effective evaluation of metal cooling and critical metal speeds during filling. The progress of feeding and porosity formation can be monitored and displayed continuously during the entire solidification process. A new criterion to predict cold cracks allows the user to find stress-related casting quality problems more quickly.
The implementation of so-called user results offers a powerful tool to compile user-specific criteria based on any MAGMA5 results. User results can easily be defined and created automatically during a simulation or subsequently in the result perspective.
Die casting users will appreciate an improved visualization of the process time line and extended consideration of the heat transfer conditions between die casting and die as a function of the local feeding conditions. Additionally, the MAGMAhpdc module now supports the assessment of the real casting temperature as a function of the current shot sleeve conditions.
All users will benefit from the new resume point capability, which allows flexibility in re-starting the simulation with modified die casting process conditions based on the previous or next-to-last casting cycle. Sand casting processes can be resumed with different conditions at the end of any process stage. The automatic enmeshment of complex geometries is now further simplified by new enmeshment criteria and procedures.
Stress simulation results can be prepared for faster post processing. For the quantitative assessment of casting distortion in the measurement perspective, it is now possible to compare the virtual measurement with the real part geometry.
Finally, with MAGMA5 Rel. 5.2, a new database of riser sleeves, which were generated by ASK Chemicals, is available.