Case Study from Volvo Trucks on Improving Three Parts Using AutoForm-Sigma for a Firewall Panel, Side Roof Panel & a Front Reinforcement for the Back Cabin – the Results are in! Today’s blog post is special in that it introduces…

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Is Industry 4.0 Already Here? Talking about communicating, transferring information or data in an era where these functionalities have been made simpler than ever may sound silly; well, I can assure you that data, or more generically “information”, travelling from…

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How Simulation Get’s it Right A Look at Simulation Results for Optimal Split Removal Cars that carry a certain ‘prestige’ are built to appeal to their buyers through their style. It’s no wonder therefore that in order to be successful…

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During the past 20 years, stamping simulation has brought tremendous change to the way stamping processes are defined and validated, stamping tools are designed and built, and stampings are produced. Without state-of-the-art simulation tools, today’s complex stampings using high-tech sheet…

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“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Systematic process improvement, as described in several previous posts (Adjusting complex process variables: Drawbead shapes, Virtual Tryout or Process Engineering?,What is passing?, In the rearview mirror, Infinitely adjustable presses, when should…

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Springback of sheet metal stamped parts is a challenge faced by tooling suppliers and their customers; parts produced in stamping dies require significant effort in engineering and simulation to arrive at reasonable dimensional accuracy during process design. Conventional methods for…

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The Stamping System

A recurring theme on this blog, so far, has been sources of variation in production that might not be apparent to engineers when defining, running, and evaluating a single simulation on any specific product/process design. Comments on the blog and…

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In the rearview mirror

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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Numerical controlled (N/C) cushions have previously been the realm of large OEMs and Tier 0.5 stampers in their newer large presses. Until now, the technology has been out of reach for many Tier 1 and supply chain stampers. In the…

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