January 19, 2017
AutoFormplus R7 – The Next Level of Process Simulation
AutoForm Engineering GmbH, the leading supplier of software solutions for the sheet metal forming industry, has unveiled its latest software version AutoFormplus R7. This release brings tangible benefits and enables users to reach the next level of process simulation.
AutoFormplus R7 enables users to reach the next level of process simulation through a new set of powerful enhancements and functionalities. As a result, users benefit from higher flexibility and efficiency in process set-up and final validation for all forming processes in general and in particular for progressive dies and hot forming.
AutoFormplus R7 brings advances in process modeling for hot forming as this release allows users to take cooling channels into account. Cooling channels can now be easily modeled with 3D curves and their corresponding diameters. Different cooling channel layouts lead to different temperature distributions on the tool surfaces. Hot spots on the tool surface can be easily detected and controlled depending on the selected layout of the cooling channels.
One of the major highlights of AutoFormplus R7 is the improved planning and simulation of progressive dies. In particular, AutoFormplus R7 supports the following use cases: import of CAD-designed tool geometry for the final process validation, part import for the planning stage and part import for full process engineering, which includes die face generation and simulation. These use cases are supported by new functionalities which enable users to efficiently plan and simulate progressive dies.
In addition, AutoFormplus R7 enables users to benefit from AutoForm-Sigmaplus capabilities as all Sigma pre and post processing functionalities are now integrated within AutoForm-ProcessExplorerplus. AutoFormplus R7 software users can now take advantage of Sigma applications – Systematic Process Improvement and Process Robustness. As a result, users can ensure a highly efficient engineering process and robust part production while meeting desired quality requirements.
Dr. Markus Thomma, Corporate Marketing Director of AutoForm Engineering, stated: “We have once again unveiled a new software release which is testimony of our latest development endeavors. We invite you to join us at our roll-out events which are currently being held all over the world. At these events, we will give you insights into new enhancements and functionalities which were developed to better assist you when using our software.”