As you may have heard the new AutoFormplus R7 has been released. So what upgrades does it bring? This blog post is about two major enhancements. AutoFormplus R7 delivers the next level of process simulation by offering new functionalities at your fingertips….

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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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Hemming feasibility

We had the honor to be selected as the computer simulation partner for a recent Auto/Steel Partnership (A/SP) study that considered the feasibility of using higher strength and advanced high-strength steels to achieve weight reductions of hemmed closure panels: project…

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Fifteen years ago, AutoForm introduced a novel idea to the sheet metal stamping industry: AutoForm-DieDesigner, a sheet metal simulation integrated-draw die-face development product. With this product, we upended a long-standing process engineering paradigm, where draw die-face concepts had to be…

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There is a long history of people promoting the idea of simultaneous engineering of product and processes. However, in many cases, the term “simultaneous engineering” is generally a euphemism for early hand-off (or outright throwing over the wall) of preliminary…

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Springback compensation is one of the key challenges in the field of die face engineering. We have mentioned the challenges with compensating springback several times within this blog (1 link, another link, and one more link) . In those earlier posts, we mentioned…

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Springback in sheet metal stamped parts is an often discussed topic. However, springback of closed-section tube-hydroformed parts is addressed less often. One possible reason for the delayed focus closed-section parts may be that tube-hydroformed parts achieve desirable strength-to-weight performance when…

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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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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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