» Register for the Die Design and Simulation Software Experience


The Die Design and Simulation Software Experience, May 28-29, Chicago, IL

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

Sponsored by MetalForming magazine


Exhibits, presentations and receptions:
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Hyatt Regency O'Hare
9300 Bryn Mawr Ave.
Rosemont, IL 60018

Wednesday, May 28

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Die Design Software Tour (Exhibits open)
 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Download Presentation

Keynote Address 1: The Automotive Vendor Tooling Industry—Opportunities Abound, Regardless of Capacity Constraints

By 2018, the demand of the vendor tooling industry supporting North American automotive manufacturers will reach $15.2 billion, with available current supply of only $9.25 billion and capacity of $11.25 billion. So finds a recent industry survey compiled by Harbour Results, Inc., Royal Oak, MI, in partnership with the Original Equipment Suppliers Association. Vendor tooling—tooling purchased by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and run in a Tier 1 or Tier 2 facility—accounts for an average of $550 per vehicle in North America.

Harbour will share her thoughts on how North American tooling companies can meet the expected uptick in tooling programs. 

Speaker: Laurie Harbour, President & CEO, Harbour Results, Inc.

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception
Die Design Software Tour (Exhibits open)

Thursday, May 29

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Software Tour Session II
(Exhibits open)

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Download Presentation 


Keynote Address 2:
Parametric vs. Direct Modeling—Key design requirements for stamping-die design, and applying the various modeling technologies to those requirements

Speaker: Paul Hamilton, PTC Inc., and industry consultant on CAD, PLM and the product development process
9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Download Presentation

Logopress/Accurate Die Design case study
Mike Schmit, tool designer, Oldenburg Metal Tech. Inc., a tool and die job shop located in Port Washington, WI, specializes in complex progressive dies. The company's use of Logopress3 for design of dies and tooling has reduced the number of mistakes being made on the shop floor and improved the ability of designers to unfold complex parts, quickly develop strip layouts and provide timely quotes.

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Software Tour (Exhibits open)

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Download Presentation

ETA case study

Matt Clarke, Fleetwood Metal Industries, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, explains how he uses Dynaform to formulate a hypothesis for a new way to implement die practices, and then can actually use that implementation in an actual die build. This gives him the ability to prove the hypothesis in the real world, and compare it to the simulated results. “I have a new die build we are starting this week,” he says, “and I plan to try some new ways of implementing calculated springback results in the corrected shape of the die. When we build the die and hit parts, I can scan the actual parts back into the computer and overlay the results on the calculated results to prove or disprove our theory.”

11:30 – 12:15 p.m.
Download Presentation
Cimatron case study
12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (Exhibits open)
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Download Presentation
AutoForm case study
Kevin Beam, Forming and Simulations Engineer, KTH Parts Industries, St. Paris, OH, explains Systematic Process Improvement for Cost Optimization.

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.


Download Presentation

Keynote Address 3: Die Engineering's Role in Addressing the Skilled Labor Shortage

The cat is out of the bag: Skilled tool and die makers have become scarce during a time of unprecedented demand. Anyone who stamps parts, maintains tools or makes a living building dies feels this pain personally. This skilled-labor shortage commands the attention of policymakers on the national and regional level.

What caused it, who is to blame and who cares? What matters now is a way forward.

No doubt that inclusive recruiting and extensive training and development programs are key, as there is no replacement for skilled labor. However, mainstream media's coverage of these phenomena fails to discuss another viable, supporting option: Die Engineering Technologies.

Historically, die tryout will consume 30 percent or more of a tool builder's total labor requirement. Not only does it require a lion's share of available resources, it traditionally also requires highly skilled people within the labor pool, making the process all the more painful. With advanced technology options, tool builders now have an incredible opportunity to dramatically reduce tool-tryout time and its demanding skilled-labor requirements.

By embracing technology's potential and combining it with a century of American skilled, knowhow, die engineering is poised to help relieve today's critical labor shortage.

Speaker: David Darling, Principal, US Forming Technologies LLC, Grand Rapids, MI

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

Download Presentation

TST Tooling Software Technology case study
Matt Baker, co-owner and vice president of manufacturing of Versa Tool & Die, Beloit, WI
Versa Tool & Die designs and manufactures tooling, dies, jigs and fixtures, and performs production machining, short-run stamping and high-volume assembly work. Its designers use Autocad, Virtual Gibbs and VISI Solid and surface 3-D programing.  All computer terminals are networked between design, CNC machining centers and CNC wire-EDM machines.

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Download Presentation

ESI Group case study
Harald Porzner, director of Virtual Manufacturing Solutions, ESI Group
Representing ESI and AP&T, Porzner will discuss hot-forming die-face and die-process engineering, and the use of virtual prototypes to replace real prototypes. He also will present a dash-panel example—from customer request to virtual reality.

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Software Tour (Exhibits open)