In Sheetmetal forming simulation, the forming of sheet metal is simulated on the computer with the help of special software. Simulation makes it possible to detect errors and problems, such as wrinkles or splits in parts, on the computer at an early stage in forming. In this way, it is not necessary to produce real tools to run practical tests. Forming simulation has become established in the automotive industry since it is used to develop and optimize every sheet metal part.
To illustrate the metal forming process, there must be a model of the real process. This is calculated in the software using the finite element method based on implicit or explicit incremental techniques. The parameters of the model must describe the real process as accurately as possible so that the results of the simulation are realistic."
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