On this site we have summarized the top key features of the recent releases on Simufact Forming. Please read and watch the videos to get an overview on the top highlights of each respective version.
Do you want to know which key features we have implemented in the previous versions? Familiarize yourself with the top new key features of each respective versions. Please note that we only provide the key features for the last three versions.
Two highlights in Simufact Forming 15 let beat the hearts of forming users faster: inductive heating and case hardening. In addition, further technical improvements such as the re-designed positioner and query results ensure an even more intuitive and efficient evaluation of the simulation results. Familiarize yourself with the top new features of Simufact Forming 15.
Simufact Forming helps design engineers gain a detailed insight into an inductive heating process. Users can identify errors, remove unwanted effects, and make optimizations. For example, designing the coil, which is the core challenge of inductive heating. Simufact Forming 15 presents users with the complexity of physical context.
The required electromagnetic material properties needed for these types of workflow can be imported by the extended JMatPro interface.
Simufact Forming Version 15 extends the functions of simulating heat treatment processes in order to make practical use of the diffusion effects in case hardening.
With the new version, it is now possible to calculate the adjusting carbon distribution that results during the carburizing below the surface of the component, and allows for the influence of this carbon profile on the transformation behavior during quenching. With this function, the user can make statements about expected case hardening depths, distortions, and residual stresses without the physical testing.
The newly implemented contact positioner and the significantly improved positioning options simplify the positioning of the workpiece and the tools in the software solution. Individually users can position the respective components in the software and thus save time during model building.
With the query results function (querying values), engineers can selectively record and determine result quantities. Simply clicking on a point in the workpiece or in the tool, and the simulation software automatically opens a dialog with results in a clear and accurate table. The CSV file exports via the Excel connection, so users can then proceed with next steps such as the graphic preparation and evaluation of the results.
With the newly implemented user coordinate system, users can compare their simulated component with the target design or with 3D measurement data as a reference model. For this, they import their measurement data from the measurement software of the CAD system into the user interface of Simufact Forming 15 and compare the simulated workpiece with the target design.
With the current version, Simufact introduces a re-implemented fast and automated fold detection feature that greatly simplifies the detection of folds, which is specifically useful for hot forging. During the simulation process, the software places markers on areas with possible folds. Users will be able to detect the possible folds during the analysis without increasing the simulation time.
The automatic measurement of the weld nugget facilitates the evaluation of resistance spot welds of relevant joint parameters, such as measuring the welding nugget geometry. This function allows the engineer to check quickly and easily the quality criteria of this joint.
A further new feature is the interface to the casting software Magmasoft 5.4 which, in addition to the already existing ProCAST interface, pushes forward the idea of process chain simulation. Results imported from the casting simulation via the Magma interface can be used in Simufact Forming 15 for subsequent forming processes.
The new version of Simufact Forming 14 convinces by improvements in the model set up as well as in the evaluation of results. In addition, the new application module Pressure Welding enables the simulation of mechanical-thermal processes.
Simufact Forming comes with a newly developed GUI operation concept: Highly interactive context-related user dialogs allow for a direct access to all relevant settings, which provides a completely new handling experience. Users benefit from an ease-of-use modelling procedure via mouse or touchpad, and finally a higher productivity in results evaluation.
The new application module Pressure Welding allows for simulating Resistance Welding processes, which includes Friction Welding, Friction Spot Welding, and Resistance Spot Welding. Generally spoken, pressure welding stands for a group of processes which join components by heating by friction or electrical current in combination with compression. The module´s functionality puts its focus on the process simulation and helps examine the single welding spot – combining forming and thermal joining aspects. Pressure welding processes are often employed in Hot Forging for Electrical Upsetting. Cold forming companies benefit from pressure welding since this module allows for prolonging their process chain for subsequent projection welding processes.
With Simufact Forming 14, all users obtain full access to the rolling module since it is included in the Forming Hub now. Customers employed with Hot Forging, Cold Forming and other processes requested a general availability of rolling simulation functionality since rolling is a typical pre-forming process.
The Mechanical Joining application module in Simufact Forming 14 offers new process types:
When choosing a dedicated process type the software provides application-specific pre-settings, which reduces efforts for the model design and shortens pre-processing time.
In addition, the Mechanical Joining module comes with new automation capabilities for model design (pre-processing), and evaluation of the most relevant geometrical parameters (post-processing). The positioning and simulation of adhesives has been further improved.
The Joining Optimizer is a new add-on tool available for Simufact Forming – serving as an efficient solution in car body manufacturing. It shortens development times by automatic validation of self-piercing riveting and clinching processes. Simufact has developed the Joining Optimizer in cooperation with Audi, which is employing this solution in their productive environment
Simufact Forming is now supporting automatic serial evaluations of tool geometries and boundary conditions. This functionality can be used for automated try-out of alternative die designs and for process stability examinations.
Simufact Forming now provides an interface for data import from ProCAST (ESI), one of the most widespread casting simulation software applications. The interface allows to smoothly import casting simulation results like porosity and segregations into Simufact Forming for subsequent forming simulation (e.g. in open die forging) – in order to predict the position of segregations in the forged part and the remaining porosity.
Presented at the wire show 2016 by the example with cold forming specialist Moehling – now it´s available in the product: Simufact Forming 14 comes with an interface to Brankamp process monitoring systems. By linking process simulation with process monitoring, Simufact and Brankamp remarkably contribute to the Industry 4.0 idea and open up new beneficial approaches for cold forming companies. Allows the use of a set-point and actual comparison of measured and simulated forces to be set up in the same way as the process was previously simulated or optimized: "Manufactured as simulated". As a result, the tool life can be increased during cold forming.
In cooperation with MatCalc Engineering, Simufact has added an interface for the import of high-quality aluminum material data. This improves Simufact Forming capabilities for simulating aluminum forming processes.
In addition, Simufact has enhanced their JMatPro interface and the Simufact Materials database for electrical material properties.
This version not only offers a range of functional enhancements, but also improvements in post processing, result accuracy, software stability, and speed.
The cover of the new Simufact.forming 13 software box illustrates the simulation of a forged conrod and a mechanical joining process chain.
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