DEFORM™ enables designers to analyse metal and non-metallic forming, heat treatment, machining and mechanical joining processes to improve product quality and reduce manufacturing costs and lead time. Advanced capabilities predict microstructure evolution, phase transformations and product distortion.
Developed by SFTC, DEFORM™ is specifically designed to simulate cold, warm and hot manufacturing operations for preform optimisation, tooling and product development, process troubleshooting and die stress analysis. Automatic remeshing capabilities and robust non-linear solvers enable extremely large deformation material flow and coupled thermal behaviour to be simulated efficiently and accurately – often beyond the capabilities of general purpose FEA codes. Using DEFORM™ enables:
Advanced simulation capabilities for phase transformation, ductile fracture, micro-structural evolution, machining distortion and chip morphology enables the entire manufacturing chain to be studied – from ingot conversion, through forming, machining and heat treatment, to final product installation.
Workflow wizards, with standard material and tooling libraries, support the simulation of typical manufacturing operations with minimum training. Experienced users can also incorporate custom constitutive, fracture and micro-structural models, press specifications and non-metallic materials.
DEFORM™ is used by major aerospace, automotive, industrial equipment, bio-medical and nuclear companies together with their supply chain and leading research institutions.
DEFORM™ comprises a range of 2D, 3D and process-specific software products to suit the application, together with a Premier bundled option for advanced users and universities.
DEFORM™ FORMING EXPRESS (2D) is a two-dimensional process simulation system to simulate a wide range of forming processes including forging, cold forming, extrusion and drawing processes. Capabilities include forming, heat transfer and die stress analysis. It is the ideal tool for small to mid-sized companies with axisymmetric parts and processes starting in simulation . Details >>
DEFORM™-2D is a powerful process simulation system designed to analyze the two-dimensional (2D) flow of complex metal forming processes using an axisymmetric or plane strain assumption, including machining, inertia welding and joining. Details >>
DEFORM™ FORMING EXPRESS (3D) is an-easy-use process simulation system designed to analyse 3D flow of complex metal forming processes. It is a practical and efficient tool for designers and engineers to predict the material flow in cold forming and hot forging operations without the cost and delay of shop trials. Details >>
DEFORM™-3D is a powerful process simulation system designed to analyze the three-dimensional (3D) flow of complex metal forming processes, including machining and joining. Details >>
DEFORM™-HT predicts the thermal, mechanical and metallurgical responses of parts during heat treatment. Heat treat distortion, quench cracking and residual stresses can be predicted together with phase transformation, phase volume fraction and other microstructural parameters. Details >>
DEFORM™-Premier includes the forming, thermal and heat treatment capabilities of the DEFORM system. Details >>
DEFORM™ Forming & Additional Modules offer a range of additional productivity capabilities, including inverse heat transfer coefficient calculations, Design of Experiments and advanced material data prediction.
Compared to standard FEA and CFD codes, DEFORM offers significant benefits when simulating large deformation of metals and other materials, particularly when complex contact modelling and mesh rezoning (remeshing) may be required or microstructural changes occur. Typical applications cover forming, heat treatment, machining and material joining processes.
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