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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.

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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)

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Reception, Networking Event
Exhibits are open for software demonstrations

Thursday, May 28

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
Registration, Breakfast
Software Tour (Exhibits open for software demonstrations)

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

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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.

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

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Logopress, Accurate Die Design Case Study: Automating Die Design to Benefit the Entire Shop
Speaker: Bill Schwartz, Tooling Engineer, Wisconsin Metal Parts, Inc., Waukesha, WI
9:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Break—Software Tour (Exhibits open for software demonstrations)

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

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3D Systems Case Study
Speaker: David Lindemann, Application Engineer, 3D Systems

11: 45 a.m. –
12:15 p.m.
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ETA Case Study: Conducting Virtual Tryouts with Forming Simulation
Speakers: Phil Pensom, Director of Engineering, Richard Tool & Die
and Jeanne He-DuBois, PhD, ETA
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (Exhibits open for software demonstrations)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

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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.

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Tebis Case Study
Speaker: Tim Cheyne, owner of KMR CAM LLC

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

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Download Steeplechase Presentation

TST Case Study
Speaker: Mike Garvey, owner of Steeplechase Tool & Die, Lakeview, MI
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Software Tour (Exhibits open for software demonstrations)