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Finite Solutions. Inc.

Finite Solutions, Inc. is the developer of the SOLIDCast[TM], FLOWCast[TM] and OPTICast[TM] suite of casting simulation software.

SOLIDCast[TM] is the world's best-selling solidification modeling software package, with over 585 companies and schools in over 45 countries around the world having purchased the package. The first version, called AFSolid, was released in 1985 and has been updated and expanded on a continuous basis.

SOLIDCast[TM] is a PC-based solidification modeling system that uses the Finite Difference Method (FDM) of solution to predict casting cooling and potential for formation of shrinkage porosity.

SOLIDCast[TM] intended for use by the foundry engineer as an everyday tool, which means that we have focused on three specific areas of development: ease of use, speed of operation and accuracy of result.

Using a variety of techniques, we have been able to produce simulations of casting processes which used multi-million element meshes (thus representing the casting geometry quite accurately) and which run in less than 30 minutes on up-to-date personal computers.


The focus of SOLIDCast[TM] is prediction of shrinkage and porosity defects during solidification. For prediction of misruns, cold shuts and other filling-related defects we have an optional fast CFD solution module called FLOWCast[TM]. This module solves the Navier-Stokes equations, and can produce temperature, velocity and pressure information for a mold filling sequence.

SOLIDCast[TM] tracks volume changes which occur (contraction of liquid metal and solidifying metal and, in the case of graphitic irons, expansion associated with graphite precipitation) and simulates movement of liquid feed metal in response to those volume changes. This allows the system to predict the action of risers and the formation of primary shrinkage. Other predictors are used to indicate secondary shrinkage or structural microporosity in the casting.

A special feature of SOLIDCast[TM] is the Riser Design Wizard[TM], which uses simulation results from an unrigged casting to help design an adequate feeding system. Feeding paths are determined by the software, based on simulation results of the casting alloy and mold material in use. Filling and chilling can also be applied. The wizard works with conventional risering, as well as insulating or exothermic materials. A Gating Design Wizard[TM] is also included, to help in designing the sprue, runner(s) and gate(s).

OPTICast[TM] is a tool used to automatically guide the simulation process to an optimal result, based on user-defined constraints. You may want to find the highest yield for a part, while maintaining good casting quality. OPTICast[TM] will automatically mesh a model, run a simulation, evaluate results, adjust the model and re-simulate until the optimum condition is found. Optimization results are provided in both spreadsheet and graphical forms, in addition to the optimized model, mesh and simulation.

Using OPTICast[TM], the foundry engineer can start with an initial design and allow the computer to do the work of modifying the design and running simulations to achieve an optimum result.


FSI Offices


2931 Hamilton New London Rd

Hamilton, OH 45013

Ph: 5131737-7300

Fax: 5131737-7302



4769 Highland Park Dr

Slinger, WI 53086

Ph: 262/644-0785

Fax: 262/364-2537



16310 NE 44th Street

Vancouver, WA 98682

Ph: 360/450-3937

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Title Annotation:2009-10 Supplier Prospectus
Publication:Modern Casting
Article Type:Company overview
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2009
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