For Foundry Engineers
In a foundry, 3D CAD can be used for many purposes. Models can be created for simulation only, or they can be used to create prototypes with Rapid Prototyping, or they can be transferred to a CNC machine and used for patternmaking.

All these require different properties from the CAD system, and usually this also dictates the best choices among the candidates. Another criterion is how the software communicates with other programs. Here, form•Z has the upper hand. It can import geometries from virtually every CAD-system used in the industry. This makes it ideal to have, even just as an interface tool. With many CAD-systems, IGES is the sole transfer format, and everybody who has used IGES to transfer data to and from other systems knows that it can be very difficult.


If your customers already make 3D models of their products, including the cast components, you can directly use them as a starting point for your models. All you need to do is to add the rigging system with gates, runners, risers and chills and the simulation can commence. With electronic data transfer, the first simulation can be started only maybe half an hour after the customer has sent the model – just click the risers and gates from the riser libraries into place, write the STL-files and simulate. It is as easy as that. Riser libraries are easy to create, and they are also available as a service.
Updated 30.10.98