A colleague shared this story with me: At a demo of AutoForm-CostEstimatorplus, he performed a live tool cost estimate using two similar parts planned for production with similar processes at the same plant. The cost estimate for the first part…

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Estimating stamping piece costs is a challenge for nearly everybody in the sheet metal value stream. To bring sheet metal product to market, you rely on numerous cost estimates to prove that the product is worthwhile, win new projects, select…

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Earlier this year AutoForm started this blog, “We Think In Sheet Metal”. Our goal: to communicate directly with you—the metal forming and engineering community.  Here are some of our recent blog posts; please share them with your colleagues, customers, and…

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When a closed section part is designed for manufacture, part shape, material grade, and wall thickness are often driven by the proposed hydroforming technology. Historically, suppliers dictate which process would be applied. Suppliers may specialize in one process over another;…

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Has this happened to you? The sales department wins a job for process engineering, die design, tool build, and stamping production. Upon review of the bid package, you note the inclusion of a “quoted blank.” Immediately that blank has you…

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To face the metal forming challenges of the future we need to employ methods to engineer processes wherein we evaluate decisions across a broader range of decision drivers. In the pas for example, many of us may have been required…

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AutoForm Engineering is a global company with presence in most Automotive and Sheet Metal Manufacturing centers of expertise around the world. Our associates participate in many of the industries technical and commercial conferences and expositions. These present many opportunities to…

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  Whenever planning sheet metal stamping products and processes, the goal is always to design the “optimum” process. However, the search for the optimum is a challenge that the entire stamping industry faces. Is the optimum process one that delivers…

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