CastleMIND is the innovative software solution that brings advanced calculations and foundry experience to the foundry, within an interface designed to make the software very easy to use.

CastleRUN is an innovative simulation tool for the die design process that is both fast and reliable (model preparation and calculation takes just a few minutes). It enables the tool designer to ensure the optimal runner geometry without running an entire simulation of the part.

CastleBODY is the innovative software solution that includes very advanced mathematical features for die casting: the capability to simulate the combined action of a liquid (the metal) and a gas (the air) in a simple, straightforward  user friendly interface.

CastleTHERMO is the simulation module for thermal cycling of the die: the full mould behaviour can be easily and realistically modelled taking into account the cooling channels and the spraying thermal effect of the release agent for state of the art filling and solidification simulations.

The simulation process

Simulation process should be considered not only as a simple verification step, once die design is completed, but as an important tool for the designers to properly develop tools and optimize the process.

The results should provide clear, fast and effective answers to check in advance any possible issue and give designers and technologists useful information about tool and process optimizations all along the development stage.

The simulation software must be suitable for everyone, easy and intuitive, both for the technical and foundry departments. It should simulate the actual process in details, taking into account all the possible variables that could show up during production. It has to facilitate the results sharing between the key figures of the project. It should help the mold designer in every single stage of die development.

According to this philosophy, Castle is composed by 4 independent modules which can be used throughout the design process.

The simulation process

Simulation process should be considered not only as a simple verification step, once die design is completed, but as an important tool for the designers to properly develop tools and optimize the process.

The results should provide clear, fast and effective answers to check in advance any possible issue and give designers and technologists useful information about tool and process optimizations all along the development stage.

The simulation software must be suitable for everyone, easy and intuitive, both for the technical and foundry departments. It should simulate the actual process in details, taking into account all the possible variables that could show up during production. It has to facilitate the results sharing between the key figures of the project. It should help the mold designer in every single stage of die development.

According to this philosophy, Castle is composed by 4 independent modules which can be used throughout the design process.

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Porsche Cayenne hybrid powertrain housing. (Three plates die, Average thickness 5.5mm, weight 11.4Kg, Silafont alloy).
Study of the sizing and drawing of the Fondarex vacuum application.
Courtesy of Costampgroup

Lamborghini Huracan rear grille. Alloy temperature distribution of aluminum at the end of filling. (1.7mm thickness, 1720mm length, EN AC 46100 alloy)
Courtesy of Costampgroup

RollsRoyce Cullin spaceframe pper node. (2 cavities mold, average thickness 2.5mm, weight 1.6Kg/each, Silafont alloy).
Crash relevant component that needs to be heat treated and welded.
Identification of entrapped oxide location for optimal positioning of the overflows.
Courtesy of Fondarex

Passenger car rear cross member, structural casting. Hollow casting produced with internal disposable ceramic core (SAVE research project – Molds with Core for Efficient Vehicles) (Average thickness 4.6mm, weight 4.3Kg, Silafont alloy)
Identification of the areas of shrinkage porosities location.
Courtesy of Costampgroup

Housing for semi-structural application in electric motorcycle. (Average thickness 2.9mm, weight 3.0Kg, Silafont Alloy)
Optimization of the air evacuation channels through DualPhase simulation.

Front suspension cross member for light commercial vehicle. (Length 1260mm, weight 16.6Kg, Silafont alloy)
Filling time visualization for feeding optimization. Courtesy of Streparava

Cup holder tray for the Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine. Chrome plated part with extreme aesthetic requirements. Display of the Gas Pressure criterion to identify the areas of possible defect formation. (Zamak5, Weight 200g, Thickness 1,8mm)
Courtesy of Bruschi

Lamp cover cover for biomedical applications. Part with high level aesthetic surface finish specifications. (Thickness 3mm, Weight 6.1Kg)
Identification of possible cold joints locations through filling simulation.

Pressure tight components for automotive applications. Zamak 5 hot chamber.
Filling pattern visualization to identify the origin of a blister defect.
Courtesy of Nuova Framar

Porsche Cayenne hybrid powertrain housing. (Three plates die, Average thickness 5.5mm, weight 11.4Kg, Silafont alloy).
Study of the sizing and drawing of the Fondarex vacuum application.
Courtesy of Costampgroup

Lamborghini Huracan rear grille. Alloy temperature distribution of aluminum at the end of filling. (1.7mm thickness, 1720mm length, EN AC 46100 alloy)
Courtesy of Costampgroup

RollsRoyce Cullin spaceframe pper node. (2 cavities mold, average thickness 2.5mm, weight 1.6Kg/each, Silafont alloy).
Crash relevant component that needs to be heat treated and welded.
Identification of entrapped oxide location for optimal positioning of the overflows.
Courtesy of Fondarex

Passenger car rear cross member, structural casting. Hollow casting produced with internal disposable ceramic core (SAVE research project – Molds with Core for Efficient Vehicles) (Average thickness 4.6mm, weight 4.3Kg, Silafont alloy)
Identification of the areas of shrinkage porosities location.
Courtesy of Costampgroup

Housing for semi-structural application in electric motorcycle. (Average thickness 2.9mm, weight 3.0Kg, Silafont Alloy)
Optimization of the air evacuation channels through DualPhase simulation.

Front suspension cross member for light commercial vehicle. (Length 1260mm, weight 16.6Kg, Silafont alloy)
Filling time visualization for feeding optimization. Courtesy of Streparava

Cup holder tray for the Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine. Chrome plated part with extreme aesthetic requirements. Display of the Gas Pressure criterion to identify the areas of possible defect formation. (Zamak5, Weight 200g, Thickness 1,8mm)
Courtesy of BruschiCourtesy of Bruschi

Lamp cover cover for biomedical applications. Part with high level aesthetic surface finish specifications. (Thickness 3mm, Weight 6.1Kg)
Identification of possible cold joints locations through filling simulation.

Pressure tight components for automotive applications. Zamak 5 hot chamber.
Filling pattern visualization to identify the origin of a blister defect.
Courtesy of Nuova Framar

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