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Stampingsimulation is offering Autoform-Incremental using two levels of service: a virtual tryout service known as Simulatelite and a process design and engineering service called Simulatecomplete.

The Autoform-Incremental software is claimed to provide the rapid and accurate simulation and validation of the complete stamping process.

Simulatelite is a virtual tryout service where 3D models of the actual tooling blocks (solids or surfaces) are used in simulation to run the tool as if it were actually in the press.

When combined with the correct material properties (which should be collected via the company’s laboratory testing service), this is effectively a final validation of the tool before it is built.

If problems are found, our Simulatelite base cost includes a total of three simulations to help find and fix the problem, before any tool steel is cut.

Simulatecomplete, meanwhile, is a process design and engineering service; starting with no more than the final 3D product shape, Stampingsimulation engineers design and simulate a complete working process, including the removal of typical sheet metal forming problems, either by process or product changes.

In either case, there are two ways to get accurate results that will match reality as closely as possible.

First, the final 3D tooling data should always be sent in to allow Stampingsimulation to simulate the actual tool design.

This may be after a Simulatecomplete job is finished or just before data is released to the shop floor for machining.

Second, material laboratory testing must be performed; users should send a sample of their actual material to the company’s laboratory for testing and the data will be used in simulation.

The above two steps are known as ‘final validation’ and should be done on every job, just before the tool is made, to ensure there are no unexpected problems occurring as a result of tool design changes or errors that do not match the original simulations.

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