Forming Simulation Software
Senior Aerospace Thermal Engineering (SATE) has recently invested in state-of-the-art sheet metal forming simulation software – AutoForm. This new capability provides a significant advantage for initial feasibility studies, final validation simulations and subsequent process optimisation, all as part of SATE’s quotation, NPI and continuous improvement processes.
This well-proven software includes functionality to create die face geometry and blank profiles, plus the ability to simulate the effects of forming, trimming and heat treatment processes on the final output geometry, enabling rapid feasibility simulation, whilst providing a comprehensive view on characteristics such as formability and thickness through every stage of the manufacturing process, highlighting and providing solutions to any errors along the way.
SATE can currently simulate aluminium alloys, a variety of stainless steels and commercially pure titanium at ambient temperature, plus titanium alloys at elevated temperatures and will continue to add to this material library going forwards.
Using this pre-production simulation software, SATE can optimise, digitally plan and validate its sheet metal forming processes to significantly de-risk the industrialisation of complex parts, ensuring right-first-time production. This capability is particularly important on critical programmes that have very aggressive time lines for first hardware deliveries.