Srikanth Pilla demonstrates to his graduate students how the software further enhances the unique capabilities that can be done in his research lab at CU-ICAR. Credit: Ashley Jones, Clemson University

Srikanth Pilla demonstrates to his graduate students how the software further enhances research in his lab at CU-ICAR. Image credit: Ashley Jones

GREENVILLE — The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) has received a $1.625 million gift from CoreTech System Co. Ltd. (Moldex3D) to support education and research.

The gift includes 25 seats of the latest Moldex3D Advanced package and Solution Added-on modules including Fiber and MuCell that will provide hands-on training for students, faculty and professionals in Clemson’s Automotive Engineering Academic Program. Clemson is the only university in the Southeast that incorporates this software into its academic curriculum and training for industry personnel.

“I am thrilled to have Moldex3D as the newest corporate partner for CU-ICAR, and I thank them for their support,” said Clemson University President James P. Clements. “They are true industry leaders, and I know that our students and faculty in automotive engineering will benefit greatly from being able to use and learn from their software.”

Anthony Yang, president of Moldex3D Northern America, said it is their responsibility to assist the academic world in nurturing the next generation by offering its state-of-the-art simulation technologies and resources.

“As the world’s largest independent CAE software developer, we are truly pleased for the opportunity to partner with Clemson University, which has one of the most elite automotive engineering programs in the world, to help students gain more practical hands-on CAE experiences and further equip them with a viable simulation ability to compete in the future job market,” he said.

The software will advance assistant professor Srikanth Pilla’s research and educational capabilities in injection molding, specifically on supercritical fluid-assisted foam injection molding.

“This gift enhances the unique capabilities that we can do in my research lab at CU-ICAR and will prepare students for industry with hands-on experience,” Pilla said. “When using thermoplastic materials for body panels, interior parts and other components, injection molding with Moldex3D software is an important technology.”

Pilla’s research focuses on the mechanics, processing and characterization of polymers, multifunctional composites, nanocomposites, sustainable materials and microcellular foams, and developing such simulation models. He envisions Clemson being a world leader in research and training for injection molding, especially in design, fabrication, simulation and modeling.

“Moldex3D’s simulation capability advances the fundamental understanding of my research lab’s experimental research and reduces overall costs by being able to understand process physics and properties involved prior to physical experimentation,” he said. “With existing experimental infrastructure that includes the nation’s only integrated MuCell molding machine, this gift will further position Clemson and our lab at the forefront of injection molding research and training.”

According to the dean of Clemson’s College of Engineering and Science, Anand Gramopadhye, the college’s strategic plan calls for providing cutting-edge translational research experiences for its students.

“This software gift from Moldex3D will help us meet this strategic objective, while allowing Dr. Pilla to significantly advance his research in injection molding, thereby providing unique real-world experiences for our students,” said Gramopadhye. “We are grateful for Moldex3D’s support.”

Yang said the software donation is just the beginning of this joint collaboration.

“We believe that both Moldex3D and Clemson will benefit greatly from this collaboration and we are confident that this will continue to move forward with efforts from both sides,” he said.

Clemson’s automotive engineering department started with three graduate students in 2006 and grew to more than 200 last year. The department is housed in the Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center (CGEC) at the CU-ICAR campus in Greenville, South Carolina. CGEC is a state-of-the-art building equipped with full-scale vehicle testing equipment.

The Moldex3D gift is part of Clemson’s The Will to Lead capital campaign to raise $1 billion to support Clemson students and faculty with scholarships, professorships, facilities, technology and enhanced opportunities for learning and research.

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Clemson University
Ranked No. 20 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit and a competitive drive to excel.

CU-ICAR
Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research is a 250-acre advanced-technology research campus where university, industry and government organizations collaborate. Clemson’s College of Engineering and Science offers master’s and Ph.D. programs in automotive engineering at CU-ICAR and is conducting leading-edge applied research in critical areas, such as advanced product-development strategies, sustainable mobility, intelligent manufacturing systems and advanced materials. CU-ICAR has industrial-scale laboratories and testing equipment in world-class facilities available for commercial use.

CoreTech System (Moldex3D) Co. Ltd.
CoreTech System Co. Ltd. (Moldex3D) has been providing the professional CAE analysis solution “Moldex” series for the plastic injection molding industry since 1995, and the current product “Moldex3D” is marketed and supported worldwide. Committed to providing advanced technologies and solutions for industrial demands, CoreTech System has extended its worldwide sales and service network to provide local, immediate, and professional services. CoreTech System provides innovative simulation software to help customers troubleshoot from product design to development, optimize design patterns, shorten time-to-market, and maximize product return on investment. More information about Moldex3D can be found at www.moldex3d.com.