FABTECH 2013: Simufact to present latest software versions for the simulation of forming processes and welding structures

Chicago (IL), October 2, 2013 - On occasion of the FABTECH show, Simufact Engineering will present its latest versions of the simulations software suites Simufact.forming and Simufact.welding. Simufact is a leading global provider of Finite Element simulation solutions and expertise to the metal working industries.

Simufact.forming and Simufact.welding cover all essential manufacturing processes relevant for lightweight design. Simufact.welding provides unique possibilities for a reliable simulation of welding structures for companies applying industrial welding processes in serial production. Simufact.forming has been established on the market for several years now. It covers a wide range of forming processes, including bulk metal forming, sheet metal forming and mechanical joining processes.

Both product lines provide common benefits: Due to the application of numerical simulation, companies can transfer the cost and time-consuming tryouts from the shop floor into the computer´s virtuality. The simulation provides insights into process sequences, into the inner conditions of the component and its behavior during the manufacturing. Customers can save expenses and time in the development, production and optimization of highly sophisticated components. By linking these product lines Simufact clears the way for an integrated approach – providing a holistic and cross-process simulation view on entire process chains.


The newcomer: Simufact.welding

Simufact.welding is a high-performance finite-element based software, upon latest solver technology, which allows for the modeling of the elastic-plastic material behavior. One of the most important tasks the customers succeed in using the software, is to realistically predict and minimize distortions and residual stresses considering the microstructural transformation and to minimize these factors in the component. Simufact.welding calculates the microstructural properties in the heat-affected zones; conclusions to the properties of weld seams can be drawn, especially to its tensile strength. All this provides the user with valuable advices how to detect and to avoid weld failures such as hot cracks.

The software supports the user in developing the best clamping fixture for the welding process and provides facts to determine the most effective welding sequences. Simufact.welding accurately predicts the final contour of the component and helps to manufacture the components with precise tolerances in series.

The welding experts of Simufact have developed the new software line Simufact.welding across a span of six years. Today the software convinces with a user-friendly overall concept, whose development stage can significantly boost the comprehensive simulation of welding processes. After its initial use for research at the university level, it is now successfully utilized in first industry projects. The latest software version comes with parallel processing and other methods to run simulations on large parts.


High performing and established: Simufact.forming

A wide range of manufacturing processes can be simulated with Simufact.forming, amongst them sheet metal forming and mechanical joining processes. Simufact.forming offers comprehensive functionality to simulate complex metal structures such as structural components and the composite processes. Due to the elastic-plastic modeling approach, the user receives highest quality of results in ironing and in representing the spring-back. The software realistically represents the component structure, aids in the determination of the exact sheet thickness and allows for considering the anisotropyof the manufacturing parts.

Simufact.forming also provides valuable insights into the modeling of mechanical joining techniques, particularly in the design of robust joining processes and the design of joining elements. The software can consider multiple glue layers and high speed effects. It reliably predicts the forces of the joining process and provides results as part of a failure analysis.

One of the novelty features in the upcoming new product version Simufact.forming 12 is the AFS technology.  AFS stands for Application Function Sets, providing broad process-specific functionalities for currently nine fields of application. At the same time the introduction of AFS technology is another step contributing to Simufact’s ease-of-use approach: After selecting the field of application the software displays just the relevant functionality for the chosen process type; all settings and parameters are automatically optimized for the certain process type. As a result the user can operate the software more intuitive, more effective, and faster.

Visit Simufact’s exhibition booth in the North Hall: # N1968.

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