Simufact Forming 16 Simulation Software Launches

The upcoming release covers highlights and improvements to create simulation models, set up complex manufacturing processes and more.

The upcoming release covers highlights and improvements to create simulation models, set up complex manufacturing processes and more.

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Simufact Engineering, an MSC Software company, unveils Simufact Forming 16—the next version of its forming suite. The upcoming release covers a range of highlights and improvements to create simulation models, set up complex manufacturing processes and provide users with a clearer understanding of the process through the presentation of practical results and functional evaluations.

“With our new version 16, we underline our ambitions to deliver the best forming process simulation package—including speed, accuracy, functionality and usability,” says Dr. Hendrik Schafstall, CEO and managing director.

“The intuitive software enables the user to become more efficient as they can quickly build models of complex manufacturing processes, through only a few clicks of the mouse,” says Dr. Gabriel Mc Bain, senior director of Product Management. “Thanks to the graphical user interface (GUI) in Simufact Forming 16, and the intelligent context menus and integrated dialogue, it is incredibly easy to use. Furthermore, we have improved the visualization and handling of big models.”

The newly implemented functionality for the geometry data check enables the user to set up robust simulation models by identifying the geometry defects as well as their positions within the component. The generated knowledge helps the user repair the errors within the CAD system. The user imports the optimised tool geometries into Simufact Forming 16 and continues setting up the model. As a result, the user can retrace any corrections that have been made.

The user benefits from the expansions of 3D features that enable the use of 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.

Another feature is the expanded scope of post particles that deliver measurements of deformable dies and 2D simulations. These can be used as virtual sensors at any position for the evaluation.

In Simufact Forming, compared to 3D full models, the user can save computing time while retaining practice-oriented full 3D visualization. This feature in Version 16, has an extended application scope, which reduces calculation time.

A further highlight of the latest version is to compare the simulated model with a reference model (e.g., a CAD model or measured surfaces) using the “best-fit method.” The software automatically determines the position where the deviation is the highest and shows this deviation in the result view. For this function, Simufact has integrated Hexagon’s 3DReshaper technology. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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