November 8, 2005
AutoForm Engineering GmbH has released its Hydroforming software version 4.0 that provides analysis and simulation of the entire hydroforming process.
New features include automatic generation of tooling and process definition for the bending operation before hydroforming. It also includes new features for designing complex tubular shapes and more accurate bending and hydroforming simulations.
Users now can generate the entire tooling and define the complete bending process for subsequent tryout simulation. The company says that manual definition of bending tools and of the bending process in a CAD system is no longer necessary.
With the addition of a new tube generator, the software allows the design of complex hydroformed parts. Semifinished products such as conical tubes and profiles are supported, as well as tailor welded tubes with varying wall thickness and material properties.