Silicon mold for small production
Introduction to Rapid Prototyping
Stamping simulation is a technology that
calculates the process of
stamping, predicting common defects
such as splits, wrinkles, springback and
material thinning. Also known as forming
simulation, the technology is a specific
application of non-linear finite element
analysis. The technology has many benefits in
the manufacturing industry, especially the
automotive industry, where lead time to market,
cost and lean manufacturing are critical to the
success of a company.
Recent research by the Aberdeen research company
(October 2006) found that the most effective
manufacturers spend more time simulating
upfront[clarification needed] and reap the
rewards towards the end of their projects.
Stamping simulation is used when a sheet metal
part designer or toolmaker desires to assess the
likelihood of successfully manufacturing a sheet
metal part, without the expense of making a
physical tool. Stamping simulation allows any
sheet metal part forming process to be simulated
in the virtual environment of a PC for a
fraction of the expense of a physical tryout.
Results from a stamping simulation allow sheet
metal part designers to assess alternative
designs very quickly to optimize their part for
low cost manufacture.