Simufact Forming 15 What's New

Simufact Forming 15 New Features

Design and optimize inductive heating processes

App. Design and optimize inductive heating processes
Design and optimize inductive heating processes

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.

Simulate case hardening in Simufact Forming 15

App. Simulate case hardening in Simufact Forming 15
Simulate case hardening in Simufact Forming 15

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.

Improved positioning capabilities by redesigned positioner

App. Improved positioning capabilities by redesigned positioner

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.

Make simulation evaluation more intuitive and efficiently by query results functionality

App. Make simulation evaluation more intuitive and efficiently by Query results functionality
Make simulation evaluation more intuitive and efficiently by Query results functionality

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.

Compare simulation and reference model

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.

App. Compare simulation and reference model
Compare simulation and reference model

Automatic fold detection feature

App. Automatic fold detection feature
Automatic fold detection feature

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.

Automatic measurement of spot welds

App. Automatic measurement of spot welds
Automatic measurement of spot welds

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.

Process chain: Interface between casting and forming simulation software

App. Process chain: Interface between casting and forming simulation software
Process chain: Interface between casting and forming simulation software

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.

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