Simufact presented new versions of their established product lines for forming, welding and now also for additive simulation processes. Simufact launched the product novelties at this year’s EuroBLECH in Hanover. Besides the releases of the known product versions Simufact Forming for forming simulation and Simufact Welding for welding simulation, they also announced the launch of Simufact Additive, a groundbreaking new software solution for the simulation of metal additive manufacturing processes.
Simulation of sheet metal forming and welding processes
With their solutions Simufact covers a wide range of forming and joining processes in sheet metal forming: Simufact Forming’s application module for the simulation of sheet metal forming processes enables a simulative description of drawing processes and covers further processes such as stretch forming, stamping, punching/bending, fine blanking, embossing, roll forming, draw bending, molding, pressing, flow forming, pulling, and much more. The simulation software helps the user to identify and evade problems in the run-up to the manufacturing process. The software delivers, among others, reliable information on the wall thickness distribution and the edge curvature and gives them the opportunity to make predictions to potential crack regions. Furthermore, Simufact Forming supports manufacturing engineers determining required forming forces. In addition, the software predicts elastic springback and distortion due to residual stresses during forming and trimming.
Simufact also covers subsequent processes in the process chain such as joining processes in car body assembly. The Mechanical Joining module allows the user to simulate riveting processes such as punch riveting, self-piercing riveting or blind riveting; clinching techniques like pressure joining, clinching, and toxing can be simulated and validated. The new pressure welding module allows for simulating thermo-mechanical processes in which components are joined by heating and compression. Examples are Resistance spot welding and Friction (spot) welding. Simufact Welding is the simulation tool for the design and optimization of thermal or thermo-mechanical joining processes. The software helps to identify and avoid critical distortions that might be critical for assembly or may cause imbalances. Simufact Welding visualize the properties of welding seams, e.g. residual stresses that have effect on fatigue strength and bulging.
Simufact Welding 6: Structure simulation for large assemblies
Just in time for EuroBLECH, Simufact launched the sixth version of their welding simulation solution Simufact Welding. Users look forward to meet a software release which comes with an extended spectrum of process types as well as enhancements in stability and speed. Simufact Welding makes significant advances in the simulation of large assemblies and structures. Supported by a series of new functionalities and methods for model specification in thermal joining, the user can simulate assemblies with a large number of weld seams in practice-oriented simulation time and thus makes to the most important questions such as distortion or residual stresses. Even for resistance spot welding, a thermo-mechanical process, the forthcoming version offers new approaches such as the “single-shot approach” for the faster calculation of multiple spot welds. The new version covers a broader range of fields of application for the simulation of joining processes: The latest version now distinguishes between the processes electron beam and laser beam welding and can now also be used for brazing and stress relief heat treatment processes, in addition to the already known process types arc- and resistance spot welding. Due to the improved contact calculation, Simufact Welding 6 significantly improved its simulation stability.
Simufact Forming 14: Improved ease-of use for more productivity
At the end of November Simufact Forming 14 will be available. On the occasion of EuroBLECH Simufact offered users first insights into the upcoming version. Substantial improvements refer to stability and computing time. In addition, Simufact Forming 14 increases the ease-of-use: A large number of new features and improved functions, increase the handling of the software. Thus the new, faster and more interactive view of simulation results within the post-processing offers the user considerable advantages, hence the user can work with the forthcoming version more intuitive and more productive. Simufact Forming is an established software product for the simulation of industrial metal forming processes. The software covers all major areas of metal forming: forging, cold forming, sheet metal forming, all rolling processes, open die forging and mechanical joining to name the most important fields of application.
Simufact Additive: New solution for the simulation of additive manufacturing processes
Simufact has announced the launch of Simufact Additive a new software solution for the simulation of metal additive manufacturing processes. Simufact Additive is a scalable process simulation for the simulation of powder-bed fusion processes such as Selective Laser Melting (SLM), Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), LaserCusing® and Electron Beam Melting (EBM). Features include simulation of all the key AM process steps starting with ‘printing’ of the part; followed by heat treatment, cutting the part off the build plate and removal of support structures, plus heat and pressure combined processes (HIP).
The modelling is carried out using CAD data in an innovative and newly developed Graphical User Interface (GUI) environment aligned with the real process work flow. Simufact Additive offers an intuitive approach which starts with defining the general process by determining the part and support components through to definition of manufacturing parameters up to the analysis settings and ultimate results. The software helps to compensate the distortion, minimize residual stresses and optimize the process parameters.