The Video Portal and Community Users of ProcessDesignerforCATIA NEED to Join to Enjoy its Full Capabilities Welcome friends and readers, For users of AutoForm-ProcessDesignerforCATIA this blog post shares insight into the Video Portal which offers a range of interactive training…

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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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What is passing?

After the recent posts on failure prediction based on FLCs, several inquiries arrived through the blog and social media, regarding interpretation of other outputs for predicting failure modes. Commenters wanted to know the values, for various result variables, that might define…

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In Finite Element Analysis, it is common to treat the metal restraint due to draw beads as numerical factors applied along a curve or set of curves. The use of these factors makes defining boundary conditions simple and computationally effective….

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The blank is one of the first parameters defined in a stamping simulation; it’s mechanical properties, shape, and location in the tool. However, many engineers underestimate the impact that the assumed blank shape and location will have on the final…

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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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Do you ever think about the numerous options for draw bead modelling? When and why should we use numerical line beads? When is it best to use mesh bead geometry? Is there a way to benefit from both? To achieve…

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Has it ever happened to you? A simulation report shows a design is safe – green with no splitting failures, no red or yellow colored areas. But when reviewing the design file, you find issues that were not reported or…

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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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