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SIMUFACT.FORMING

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SIMUFACT.FORMING: METAL FORMING SIMULATION

SIMUFACT ENGINEERING is an internationally operating software company headquartered in Hamburg, Germany providing software for the design and optimization of manufacturing processes by means of process simulation.

SIMUFACT.FORMING is the industry leading simulation software for metal forming and heat-treatment processes. The simulation software package is used world-wide by manufacturing companies large & small, for a wide variety of manufacturing  processes, like cold forming, closed & open die hot forging, incremental forming, ring-rolling, sheet metal forging, and many more.

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USING SIMULATION FOR METAL FORMING PROCESSES WILL ALLOW YOU TO:

Reduce costs in tool and process development through

  • Fewer testing of tools
  • Less production downtime for trial runs
  • Shorter development times

Cost reduction in serial production through

  • Increased tool life
  • Optimized utilization of machine capacity
  • Less material waste (optimized material flow)

Increase process stability through

  • Better knowledge about details of the forming process
  • Less faults in forming
  • Evaluation of more variants and risk free testing of new ideas

Process optimization through

  • Reduction of forming operations
  • Less machining
  • Optimized material usage
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SIMUFACT.FORMING HAS BEEN DEVELOPED TO SUPPORT ALL FORMING APPLICATIONS:

  • Closed/Open die hot forging
  • Cold forming
  • Sheet forming
  • Extrusion
  • Drawing
  • Upsetting
  • Bending
  • Ring rolling
  • Roll forming

Mechanical or hydraulic press, hammer, screw press, rolling  machine, orbital forging – even coupled processes and spring-controlled tools.

Low-alloyed and stainless steel, aluminium, non-ferrous metal, titanium,  nickel based alloys.

Heat treatment simulation.

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COLD FORMING APPLICATIONS

SIMUFACT.FORMING Cold Forming serves to simulate bulk metal forming processes below the re crystallization temperature of the material. The module helps you avoid typical manufacturing defects such as fold formation on the component.

SIMUFACT.FORMING Cold Forming considers all relevant boundary conditions like spring-controlled tools.

Essential for a high-precision simulation of cold forming processes is the realistic prediction of the forces involved in the forming process while taking into account the effects of spring-back and the elastic-plastic material laws

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HOT FORGING APPLICATIONS

SIMUFACT.FORMING Hot Forging Forging serves to simulate bulk metal forming processes above the re crystallization temperature of the material.

The unique dual solver approach (Finite Element solver and Finite Volume solver) helps you get the most realistic prediction of typical metal flow failures, like i.e. folds, under-fill issues and flow through defects.

Most flexible kinematic definitions, local coordinate systems and different kinds of spring-types allow for realistic description and consideration of all equipment related effects, like i.e. press elasticity and press tilting 

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SHEET FORMING APPLICATIONS

SIMUFACT.FORMING – Sheet Metal Forming Forming serves to simulate sheet metal forming processes, including thick sheets and hollow cylinders with moderate changes of the wall thickness.

One of its key features is the dedicated meshing technology for sheet-like geometries which allows for efficient simulation of thick sheet components like structural automotive parts, among many others.

This is achieved by a dedicated volume hexahedron mesher for sheet structures providing highest accuracy, especially related to sheet thickness changes, inner and outer radii, and spring-back. Our sheet mesh algorithm increases calculation speed while reducing hardware requirements. 

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ROLLING APPLICATIONS

SIMUFACT.FORMING – Rolling enables an easy creation of any kind of models with rotating tools. Independent of the temperature of the rolled workpiece, both sheet as well as bulk geometries can be rolledThe rolled workpiece can move translationally or rotationally.

One highlight is the most user friendly definition of any rolling axis just by three mouse clicks on a given radius.

The number of rolls is unlimited and it is possible to include any type of kinematic of the rolling process; drag rolls and powered rolls.

This module can be used, among others, for flat- and profile-rolling, cross-rolling, spin- and flow forming, as well as reducer rolling

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HEAT TREATMENT APPLICATIONS

SIMUFACT.FORMING – Heat Treatment serves to simulate heat treatment processes with consideration of phase transformations. It is a module for the prediction of material properties and the simulation of heat treatment processes.

Based on Simufact.forming Heat Treatment, all phases of a heat treatment process can be simulated – this covers heating, holding, quenching, but also targeted cooling.

For correct material selection the user can recourse to a comprehensive material database providing parameters which are key to a realistic heat treatment simulation.