Users have the option to consider the environmental aspects of the materials being used.
Materials will typically be selected on criteria such as strength and functionality of the finished part. Once these primary considerations have been met, environmental factors can help finalize material selection.
The Energy usage indicator is a relative assessment of the energy requirements of the molding phase of a part, based on the material selected. The result of this assessment is a relative value derived from the injection pressure and cooling time predictions for a suite of typical geometries and thicknessess using the material's recommended conditions and processing inputs determined by an optimization calculation.
|Energy usage indicator||Value|
|Least energy required for the production of a part|
|Most energy required for the production of a part|
|Polyethylene terephthalate (PET, PETE)|
|High density polyethylene (HDPE)|
|Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)|
|Low density polyethylene (LDPE)|
|Other. Incudes any resin not specifically listed. This category also includes all materials that are blends or contain fillers.|
|Undetermined, for example, legacy data|