Virtual Prototyping for the Blow Molding Industry
It has taken nearly 20 years to fine-tune milk jugs and soda bottles to achieve their current weights. But the plastics and beverage industries expect that new designs hit the market as already downgauged. This can be achieved only via continuous innovation throughout the entire blow molding process, even including research in the material science phase. This paper describes how the process of virtual prototyping in blow molding can be a very effective tool to ensure that new bottle designs achieve the objective of weight reduction while still fulfilling function.