Simufact Forming 16: What's New

Top New Features in Simufact Forming 16

Faster and more efficient modeling of complex manufacturing processes

With just a few clicks of the mouse, users can work at speed and model complex manufacturing processes more efficiently.

With the improved memory handling, the improved Graphical User Interface (GUI) and the intelligent context menus and integrated dialogue, it is incredibly easy to use.

In addition to the model set up, model evaluation using post particles (virtual sensors) it is distinctly faster than the previous version.

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Faster and more efficient modeling of complex manufacturing processes

Build robust simulation models

Defective tool geometries can lead to simulation crashes or have a negative effect on the quality of the meshing. With the newly implemented functionality for the geometry data check, the user can set up robust simulation models. Just one click is needed to identify geometry defects as well as their positions within the component. The generated knowledge helps the user to repair the errors within the CAD system.

As a result, the user can retrace all corrections that have been made.

The user imports the optimized tool geometries into Simufact Forming 16 and continues setting up the model.

Better process understanding by practical result representations and evaluation functionalities

Better process understanding by practical result representations and evaluation functionalities
Better process understanding by practical result representations and evaluation functionalities

Version 16 offers the expansion of 3D features which enables the user to utilise the symmetry properties to extend the visualization up to 360 degrees using mirror and axial symmetry features regardless of their position in the

space. The full 3D visualization provides a comprehensive understanding of the results, which enables a deeper understanding of the process.

Another feature is the extended scope of post particles (virtual sensors), which delivers measurements of deformable dies and 2D simulations. The user can use these at any position for the evaluation.

Reduced computing time while retaining full 3D visualization

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Reduced computing time while retaining full 3D visualization

In Simufact Forming, compared to 3D full models, the user saves considerable computing time while retaining practice-oriented full 3D visualisation. This feature has an extended application scope which provides a particularly effective method and reduces calculation time.

This method is based on the calculation of selected workpiece segments and leveraging their symmetry properties. The user has the possibility to adjust the workpiece segments at every single forming stage if needed.   

Best-Fit method: By touch of a button compare simulation and reference model

Best-Fit method: By touch of a button compare simulation and reference model
Best-Fit method: By touch of a button compare simulation and reference model

With Simufact Forming 16, users can easily compare the simulated model with a reference model (e.g. a CAD model or measured surfaces) using the “best-fit method” to evaluate if tolerances will be met. Here the software automatically determines the position with the highest deviation and highlights it in the result view. For this function, Simufact has integrated Hexagon’s 3DReshaper technology.

Furthermore, Simufact Forming 16 offers the cut outline functionality to directly compare the simulated geometry with the target- geometry. For further evaluation the user can export the results into CAD-systems.

Continuous simulation of process chains

Continuous simulation of process chains
Continuous simulation of process chains

It takes only one click to import model data and results from Simufact Welding or Simufact Additive in the latest version of Simufact Forming. Users can, for example, import two previously welded components from Simufact Welding into Simufact Forming and continue by modelling a forming process. Thus, minimal effort is needed to achieve a consistent process chain simulation.

Moreover, the user is able to exchange or transfer data between different Simufact Forming projects. Thus, the user can import selected processes with all process properties and use them for subsequent calculations.

Flexible and fast results replacement of any CAE products

Beyond the scope of the Simufact product family, Version 16 also provides users with enhanced flexibility in terms of sharing results with any CAE product. The user can use the exported simulation results in any other products, for example for fatigue simulation. While importing, Simufact Forming 16 interprets the different variants of the UNV files, unless they conform to the UNV standard definition or contain custom result types. Likewise, the user can export his results adapted to the target software.

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Flexible and fast results replacement of any CAE products

Increased performance in data management

Simufact Forming 16 enhances its performance in data management by implementing the archiving manager so users can reduce the data from large projects automatically which in turn reduces archiving costs. While doing so, the result steps used in forming stage transitions can be retained and archived.

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Increased performance in data management

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