Software simulates tube hydroforming processes
AutoForm Eng. GmbH has unveiled its AutoForm Hydro 2014 software for rapid tool design and simulation of tube hydroforming processes.
The software allows users to carry out a complete, virtual tryout of the hydroforming process, which involves such steps as bending, preforming, hydroforming, annealing, calibration, cutting, piercing, and springback.
Starting from the initial part geometry, the software lets users rapidly generate all necessary tool geometries and simulate and evaluate the complete forming process for hydroformed parts. Part designers, process engineers, and tool- and diemakers can use it to evaluate hydroforming tool designs and process layouts.
The new version includes modeling of intermediate tool geometries, multistage hydroforming process evaluation, and simulation of multipressure hydroformimg.