Improved ease of use achieved through a more intuitive handling, introduction of specific user errors in correlation with process specific software functions
Convenient and fast modeling based on expert knowledge (adaptive design)
Unmatched quality of simulation results through refined kinematics and improved material descriptions
Simufact Engineering has released the new product version 12 of its simulation software Simufact.forming at the end of 2013. Simufact.forming covers a broad spectrum of different forming processes in the metal working industries. The software is primarily aiming at metalworking and -processing companies, among these the automotive and aerospace industry, but also plant and mechanical engineering companies as well as sector-related suppliers.
Improved ease of use – streamlined process modeling
Version 12 is the first to introduce the newly developed AFS technology (Application Function Sets), another important cornerstone of Simufact's usability initiative, started in 2012. The initiative aims to allow an ever more intuitive and easy generation of complex simulation processes. From the user's perspective this approach leads to time savings in the day-to-day operations.
Due to its immediate visibility, AFS is one of the most significant innovations in Simufact.forming 12. When starting the software, the user is presented a graphically appealing, initial range of application fields, such as: cold forming, hot forging, sheet metal forming, rolling, ring rolling, open die forging, heat treatment, and mechanical joining.
When selecting an application field the user opens up a large number of extra developed process specific functions. At the same time, the software focuses on relevant functions for the specific process of the selected field of application. In short: The AFS technology streamlines and eases the handling of Simufact.forming, in combination with an increased range of functions. The user handles the software more intuitive, more efficient, and more effective.
More convenient and fast modeling
Within the specific fields of application Simufact.forming provides practice-oriented default settings for process- and manufacture-specific model parameters (e.g. temperature, material, contact states). Simufact´s expertise, acquired over many years in the metal forming area, has been integrated here. The user not only benefits from the increased convenience of the software, but also from considerable time savings creating the models.
Unmatched quality of simulation results
The kinematics in Simufact.forming 12 have been further refined, for a more realistic modeling in the simulation. Simufact.forming 12 automatically considers kinematic variables, such as machine-specific characteristics or the kinematic of self-regulating systems. The consideration of different process-describing kinematics allows for the necessary flexibility to receive the most realistic simulation results. In addition, the optional module Simufact.forming kinematics offers the possibility of including independently developed subroutines, with specific models and parameters, to include approaches or results from research and development into the simulation.
Highly relevant for the quality of the simulation results are the improved material descriptions in Simufact.forming 12. Simufact has optimized the existing material models and can therefore predict material failure more reliable than competing simulation software. Simufact.forming gives deep insights into the inner processes during the forming process and identifies critical states and developments in the material. The software aids in finding explanations to existing unsolved quality issues through simulation and how to predict these in the future.
Refined kinematics, together with above mentioned improved material descriptions contribute to a realistic simulation of forming processes with high quality of results to increase the process reliability.
For companies, achieving to integrate individual manufacturing steps to entire process chains via simulation, the quality of results of each simulation step is extremely important. This high quality demand is often expressed by customers. Simufact will accompany this matter forward-looking with their three product lines Simufact.forming, Simufact.welding, and Simufact.premap.