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sheet metal fold simulation software

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12-16-2012 08:43 AM

hi group

 

does anyone know of a low cost or free software program that could simulate folding of sheet metal patterns so I can work out the best fold sequence eliminating collisions etc.. Based on my stock tooling shapes and sizes and machine limitations?

 

Regards Adrian

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Re: sheet metal fold simulation software

12-18-2012 05:10 AM in reply to: safiredesignengineers

I am not aware of anything low cost or free that has what you are asking for.  What I do for simple iterations or interference checking is have our tooling exported from our forming software via SAT format, then bring that into Inventor.  This allows a rudimentary way to simulate the forming processes and allows you to fix interferences when they crop up, but it's not automated.  For the complex stuff, we use the forming software exclusively.

 

Hope this is helpful.

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Re: sheet metal fold simulation software

12-18-2012 07:02 AM in reply to: stephenrottloff7259

Hi Stephen

 

thankyou for your reply, I find it takes a long time in inventor to set up and try different ways of part folding to find the best way.

 

regards Adrian

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Re: sheet metal fold simulation software

01-30-2013 03:21 AM in reply to: safiredesignengineers

yes there is software

plate;n;sheet version 4.0

its very easy to use..and its free....

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