Simulation software isn’t new, but it’s constantly evolving and advancing. Today’s die face design simulation software can complement modern technology and processes to minimize the challenges of the industry.
Computer-aided engineering and CAD/CAM software has been used for generations to design stamped parts, but die face design simulation software takes the process to a new level with greater precision. It allows users to simulate end molds and test them to see if they are optimal for a given application.
Simulations occur prior to prototyping, which can be very costly if it is not perfectly designed, to identify potential pitfalls.
The Challenges of Designing Sheet Metal Die Faces
Die makers are well aware of the challenges of the job. It’s a long and complicated process that can take weeks or even months.
It requires plenty of trial and error in terms of geometric shapes, thickness, pliability, precision, and more. This can be especially wasteful when the tooling that’s created doesn’t meet specifications. The designers and engineers may even come to realize that the concept needs to be redesigned completely, forcing them to return to square one after so much time has been wasted.
Time, effort, and feasibility are unknowns that can lead to unprofitable projects or not being able to take on business.
Benefits of Die Face Design Simulation Software
With die face simulation software, many of these problems can be minimized or even eliminated.
Rather than being forced to spend several weeks on trial and error, designers can simulate the die face in days or even hours. As a result, they can more quickly assess the feasibility of the design, allowing estimators to issue quotes faster – which in turn can lead to a greater chance of winning competitive bids. The software would optimize the die face design to minimize the potential for cracks and reduce non-stretched areas when the prototype is developed.
An additional benefit of using die face design simulation software is that the project engineering timeline would be reduced. As a result, businesses can increase profitability by being able to complete more projects while reducing wasted time.
Most importantly, engineers can use simulation software to produce images with the most precise specifications and measurements. Therefore, when the time comes to build the prototype, the team can rest assured that it will be completed properly and virtually no damage.
The software also allows engineers to complete follow-up research in order to gain greater insights of the durability of the metal design and stamping process. The program allows engineers to recognize problems such as thinning, cracking, restriking, flanging, springback, and trimline issues. Although the software still requires engineering expertise, handlers can use it to experiment with a variety of solutions without unnecessarily wasting time, effort, or material.
Dynaform is a complete die-system evaluation tool for the automotive industry, designed to improve all phases of the die development process. Through one simple interface, Dynaform simulates every detail during the design stage ensuring the highest quality formed part and best manufacturing process. Dynaform guides you through cost estimation, quoting, die evaluation, and formability.