Wednesday, June 1

4:00 – 5:00 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:
An Inside Look at What the Future Holds for Stampers
Laurie Harbour, president, Harbour Results, Inc., will present the state of the manufacturing and tooling industries. Additionally, utilizing research and insights from Harbour IQ, she will share data and trends impacting the future of manufacturing and, specifically, stampers.
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Reception, Networking Event
Exhibits are open for software demonstrations

Thursday, June 2

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:
Engineering Solutions for Design Related Problems
Today’s traditional methods of designing dies must be replaced by engineering practices. There are significant differences between the two. Die designs essentially are designers’ opinions about how dies should be constructed. When things go wrong, problems usually are met with emotion. Engineering, on the other hand, is based on science and mathematics.
Peter Ulintz, Technical Director, Precision Metalforming Association, will explain how the fundamental principles of science and engineering apply across a broad spectrum of problems, including those with which the designer may have little to no experience. Critical evaluations and changes are based on sound analysis and data rather than opinions and emotions.

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., which manufactures tools and dies for the metal-stamping industry, and performs sheetmetal fabricating, prototype and production metal stamping and related services.
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Cimatron Case Study:
Die Design Process Optimization at TS Tech Americas, Inc.
David Lindemann, Applications Engineer, Cimatron Technologies, Inc. will speak and answer questions with David Snapp, Engineer, TS Tech Americas, Inc.
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Break—Software Tour (Exhibits open for software demonstrations)
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tebis Case Study: Reverse Engineering
Chris Hillary is based in the Grand Rapids area, and has worked in the manufacturing field for more than 26 years, including serving as CAD/CAM programming leader at Autodie, LLC. Chris will discuss his experience using the Tebis Reverse Engineering module.
Speaker: Chris Hillary, Wilkast, Grand Rapids, MI (formerly a programmer group leader at Autodie)

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

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TST/VISI Case Study:
Die Design Process Optimization at Distinctive Machine Corp.
Travis Redes, design manager, Distinctive Machine Corp.

12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch (Exhibits open for software demonstrations)

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

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Keynote Address 3: 3D Printed Tools: Opportunities and Limitations of an Emerging Capability
Tooling is a major CAP-EX barrier for conventional stamped, die-cast and injection-molded parts. How does industry respond to market forces with faster product refresh, reduced product volumes and continued cost pressure?

  • Introduction to 3D manufacturing technologies
  • 3D technologies—not a replacement, but flexibility for mass customization
  • Example of uses, application limitations and imminent opportunities

Speaker: Alan Munday, Manager–North America, Ricardo Strategic Consulting

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.
DEFORM Case Study:
Applying Bulk Forming Simulation to Sheetmetal Forming
The presentation will focus on sheet metal stamping and drawing applications that can be analyzed using bulk forming simulation methods. A case study will describe how process simulation and design-of-experiments (DOE) were coupled to successfully reduce shopfloor trials at American Ballistics, Tyrone, GA. American Ballistics is an ammunition manufacturer with its own fully integrated case and bullet manufacturing line.
Speaker: James B. Miller, Senior Research Scientist, Scientific Forming Technologies Corp.

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

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AutoForm Case Study:
Hemming Thin-Gauge Advanced High-Strength Steel
Mark Hineline will present work completed for Auto/Steel Partnership (A/SP) project AS-8004, Hemming Thin-Gauge Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS). Test coupons were hemmed into automotive closure assemblies, which were evaluated for various failure modes and other deformities. Light scanning was used before and after hemming to enable a dimensional analysis of the effects of hemming, and computer-aided engineering (CAE) software was applied to enable the prediction of the results. Finally, samples of hemmed assemblies were baked at temperatures consistent with automotive painting operations. These baked assemblies were then light-scanned and the results compared with prebaked light-scanning results.

The project demonstrated that:

  1. Various grades of thin-gauge AHSS can be successfully hemmed to form the outer panels of automotive closure assemblies.
  2. CAE tools exist that can accurately predict the results of hemming operations using various grades of thin-gauge AHSS.
  3. Baking operations, such as would be encountered in automotive painting operations, do not adversely affect hemmed thin-gauge AHSS closure assemblies
Speaker: Mark Hineline, Senior Applications Engineer, AutoForm Engineering USA
4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Software Tour (Exhibits open for software demonstrations)