One of the main challenges faced by die makers is the need to validate the strip design before actually producing the die. A typical die design process consists of several iterations of actual production of the tool or the blank in order to analyze the springback effect, trim optimization and other aspects that might change the desired result.
In order to reduce the number of iterations and allow the designer to validate the design before manufacturing the die, Cimatron 14 introduces a NEW solution for strip design simulation. The solution is available through the integration between 3D Systems’ Cimatron software and a new ProgSim simulation product from AutoForm Engineering USA, Inc. This integration supports a three-phase process, which includes a semi-automatic data preparation for AutoForm, running the simulation in the AutoForm environment and then displaying the simulation results back in Cimatron for design adjustments.