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Multimatic’s forming simulation minimizes tool-build time and validates product manufacturability.

  • Forming simulations facilitate design and process optimization prior to the prototype phase.
  • Predicted material thinning contours help identify potential manufacturing issues.
  • Predicted material thickness changes enables high-fidelity of structural analyses.

Multimatic’s forming simulations optimize tooling processes (including pre-form operations), develop blank shapes, and determine ‘as-formed’ material thickness and strain states for structural analysis. One-step inverse forming simulation (used to predict flat blank shapes from final part geometries) is also used to quickly generate blank shapes and assess formability. These simulations assist Multimatic in evaluating existing processes, visualizing tool operations and finalizing the design of the manufacturing process – all before any steel is cut.

The company can simulate a variety of metal forming operations including:

  • Stamping
  • Hot-forming
  • Hot blow-forming (ACCRA®)
  • Hydroforming
  • Rollforming
  • Stretch bending

Incremental simulations include multiple forming stations, blank holders, locators and trimming operations.

Multimatic can cost-effectively investigate the effects of changes in product geometry or process parameters.