Sheet Forming Software Features Auto SCP, Process Templates & a New License Control
May 18, 2016—Engineering Technology Associates, Inc. (ETA) announced the release of DYNAFORM Version 5.9.3 this week. DYNAFORM is a simulation software solution specifically developed to simulate the sheet forming process and analyze the entire die system. This type of simulation and analysis allows organizations to bypass soft tooling, reduce tryout time, lower costs, increase productivity and improve cycle times. Version 5.9.3 promises an even more streamlined and robust experience with major improvements in blank/trim line development, the addition of Auto SCP and process templates, as well as a new license control.
DYNAFORM 5.9.3 offers major improvements in blank/trim line development including combining the interface for blank development and trim line development. Improving efficiency, in this new version it is now possible to develop the blank outline and trim line simultaneously. In addition, the user can now develop partial blank outlines and partial trim lines and develop a blank outline with a cut pattern.
The new Auto SCP feature is used for automatic springback compensation iterations. When running the springback function in DYNAFORM, the user first defines the stamping stages. This is easily achieved using the step-by-step guided user interface. The user then defines the tool to be compensated, compensation zone, compensation method, scale factor and iterations for a customized and accurate result. The job is submitted and, when completed, the program automatically checks the springback amount and calls the solver to make a compensation adjustment for the tooling mesh. The compensated tool then replaces the original tool and multi-stage jobs are rerun until the ideal solution is found.
Another helpful feature in DYNAFORM 5.9.3 is the availability of process templates, which allow the user to define forming processes for typical cases. The templates allow for a more efficient and streamlined user experience by automatically creating the stages within the template for analysis. For example, a user can use a process template for a Fender/Hood inner or outer, a roof door inner or outer, a lift gate inner or outer, etc. The user can import and export to and from the saved template library.
Another exciting feature in DYNAFORM 5.9.3 is a new license control with license roaming. This allows the user to borrow a license from the server to use the software outside the network temporarily. The new license control also supports a redundant license server within the network, which minimizes license server down time. Many features were improved and many functions added in this release. For a complete list of enhancements made in Version 5.9.3, please view the Release Notes online.
About Engineering Technology Associates, Inc. (ETA)
Advanced product development engineers working as structural analysts for the world’s largest automotive manufacturers founded Engineering Technology Associates, Inc. (ETA) in 1983. ETA’s expertise in the areas of vehicle durability, NVH, metal forming, crashworthiness, occupant safety and product design have provided an intimate knowledge of the challenges and needs of the product development engineer. Proactive in the creation and implementation of new analysis methods and software, ETA is the developer of DYNAFORM, PreSys and VPG.