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The Die Design and Simulation Software Experience, May 27-28, Troy, MI

—--a tour of the industry’s’ design and simulation software systems for the metalforming industry.

Sponsored by MetalForming magazine


Exhibits, presentations, reception and lodging:
Somerset Inn
2601 W. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48084


Wednesday, May 27

4:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Registration and Welcome Reception
Die Design Software Tour (Exhibits Open)
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Keynote Address 1: Engineering Solutions to Fill the Manufacturing Skills Gap

There is an increasing demand for qualified individuals to fill open jobs in manufacturing, resulting in a significant, nationwide skills gap. Reports state that there are hundreds of thousands of open jobs going unfilled in the manufacturing industry because we do not have a talent pool with the required skills. So what is the solution? This session will focus on a review of national efforts to address this challenge and a series of strategies to support the development of the current and future workforce.

Speaker: Melanie Stover, Director of Strategic Initiatives, National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

Thursday, May 28

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration, Software Tour (Exhibits Open)
8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome, Keynote Address 2: The Need for an Engineering Approach to Die Design

  • The difference between "designing" and "engineering"
  • The problem with die designs
  • Adopting performance-based die engineering strategies
  • Narrowing the manufacturing gap
    • Design software technology
    • Virtual sheet metal forming
    • Beyond Simulation—The Next Plateau

Speaker: Pete Ulintz, Manager, Advanced Product Development, Anchor Manufacturing Group, Inc.

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.
Case Study
10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Software Tour (Exhibits Open)
10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Case Study
11: 30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Case Study
12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (Exhibits Open)
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Case Study
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Keynote Address 3: Die-Design Tools and Techniques for Ultra-High-Strength Steels and Aluminum in Comparison with Mild-Steel Requirements

Speaker: Kurt Wilhelm, Die-Design Consultant and Founder of Die Guidance, LLC

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Case Study
3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
Q&A/Roundtable/Panel Discussion with Software Vendors (Sponsors)
4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Software Tour (Exhibits Open)