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A view of simulated screw manufacturing through Simufact.forming 12, to be released in late November.

Next-Generation Forming Simulation

Oct. 29, 2013
Improved ease of use Correlates user errors to software functions Adaptive design Refined kinematics

SIMUFACT ENGINEERING will release version 12 of its simulation software Simufact.forming at the end of November. Simufact.forming covers a broad range of different forming processes in metalworking and -processing, including the automotive and aerospace industries, but also plant and mechanical engineering companies and sector-related suppliers.

Simufact Engineering is a global software company that develops process simulation products and services for manufacturing.

Version 12 will introduce the newly developed Application Function Sets technology (AFS), an important cornerstone of Simufact`s usability initiative, started in 2012. The initiative aims to allow more intuitive and easy generation of complex simulation processes. From the user's perspective this approach saves time in daily operations.

Due to its immediate visibility, AFS is among the most significant innovations in Simufact.forming 12. When starting the software, the user is presented a graphically appealing, initial range of application fields, such as: cold forming, hot forging, sheet metal forming, rolling, ring rolling, open die forging, heat treatment, and mechanical joining.

When selecting an application field the user opens up a large number of extra developed, process-specific functions. At the same time, the software focuses on relevant functions for the specific process of the selected field of application. In short: The AFS technology streamlines and eases the handling of Simufact.forming, in combination with an increased range of functions. The user handles the software more intuitive, more efficient, and more effective.

More Convenient and Fast Modeling

Within the specific fields of application Simufact.forming provides practice-oriented default settings for process- and manufacturing-specific model parameters (e.g. temperature, material, contact states). Simufact´s expertise, acquired over many years in metal forming operations, has been integrated here. The user benefits from the increased convenience of the software, as well as from considerable time savings creating the models.

The kinematics in Simufact.forming 12 have been further refined, for a more realistic modeling in the simulation. Simufact.forming 12 automatically considers kinematic variables, such as machine-specific characteristics or the kinematic of self-regulating systems. The consideration of different process-describing kinematics allows for the necessary flexibility to receive the most realistic simulation results. In addition, the optional module Simufact.forming kinematics offers the possibility of including independently developed subroutines, with specific models and parameters, to include approaches or results from research and development into the simulation.

Highly relevant for the quality of the simulation results are the improved material descriptions in Simufact.forming 12. Simufact has optimized the existing material models and can therefore predict material failure more reliably than competing simulation software.

Simufact.forming gives deep insights into the inner processes during the forming process and identifies critical states and developments in the material. The software aids in finding explanations to existing unsolved quality issues through simulation and how to predict these in the future.

Refined kinematics, together with the improved material descriptions, contribute to a realistic simulation of forming processes with high quality of results to increase the process reliability.

For companies, achieving to integrate individual manufacturing steps to entire process chains via simulation, the quality of results of each simulation step is extremely important. Simufact will accompany this matter in the future with all three product lines, Simufact.forming, Simufact.welding, and Simufact.premap.