Extensive simulation studies reportedly show that Ultramid B High Speed allow weight savings of up to 25% because their higher flow permits thinner walls. However, achieving these benefits requires improved simulation techniques, according to BASF. Current methods require separate simulations of mold filling and mechanical performance to be performed in sequence, which makes the process time-consuming and frequently results in overly heavy part designs that fail to realize the full potential for weight savings. Consequently, BASF upgraded its proprietary Ultrasim software so that it can optimize both part filling and mechanical properties on the same computer at the same time. Possible applications for the new materials include automotive pedals, brackets, and other load-bearing components.
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