Forming Technologies (FTI®) is a Hexagon Group company providing software solutions for the design, feasibility, and costing of sheet metal components. FTI® has provided OEMs and suppliers in the automotive, aerospace, electronics, and appliance industries with innovative solutions designed to reduce development time and material costs.

FormingSuite addresses four main tasks during the design of a sheet metal forming process.

  • Cost estimation
  • Product design
  • Process planing
  • Tooling design

Cost estimation
“COSTOPTIMIZER” provides users with a fast and accurate method for developing blank shapes and coil nests, and makes recommendations to alter stamped component designs for cost reduction. It is specifically designed for purchasers, planners, estimators, engineers, account managers, and tool and die designers.

Product design
“FASTFORM” Advanced identifies problems in minutes, enabling users to implement changes earlier in the product life cycle. Formability results consider component or tool geometry and account for material properties, friction, binder surface, die addendum, blank holder force, pad pressure, draw beads, and tailor-welded blanks.

Process planing
“Process Planner” is an interactive environment for creating and documenting process plans based on part features such as flanges, holes, and embossments. The process plan describes the processing sequence and the detailed actions in each operation. Cost analysis report is generated automatically based on the design process stages.

Tooling design
“Sculptured Die Face” is a sculpting approach to creating and morphing addendum and binder geometry resulting in a fast, flexible, and visual approach to die face design.

“FASTINCREMENTAL” is an incremental analysis solution that provides a detailed virtual die tryout for users with limited FEM background. It offers many advanced features such as automatic blank size, shape and location, automatic process setup, and automatic binder closing.

“FASTFORM Multistage” utilizes a hybrid analysis approach (Finite Increment Technology) that combines the ability to quickly determine blank shapes with the detailed process analysis of incremental solvers. The solution runs in both directions to track material movement back through the process while carrying the strains forward.

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