DEFORM for Mechanical Joining Simulation

Robust capabilities for large plastic deformation of multiple contacting parts make DEFORM an ideal solution for challenging metal plasticity problems. Riveting, crimping, screw threading and other mechanical joining processes can be optimized by simulation to assist fastener product development.

Design, Refine and Manufacture Advanced Fastening Systems - Virtually

Fastener and precision cold forming manufacturers are using DEFORM to simulate mechanical joining processes, such as riveting, bolting, and clinching, to accelerate product development and avoid the cost and time of physical testing. This includes the modelling of annealing operations designed to locally soften material and influence its deformation behaviour. DEFORM can predict the shape of each component, installation load, torque, joint strength and tool stress.

Furthermore, DEFORM's renowned process modelling capabilities are also applied to the manufacture of fastener products, including cold and warm forming operations. Progression designs can be optimized through virtual prototyping to reduce number of stages, decrease forming load requirements, minimize die stresses and increase tool life.

Revolutionary Product Development with DEFORM-3D at Stanley Engineered Fastening

” Through the years, STANLEY Engineering Fastening’s engineers have experienced many benefits in using DEFORM within product and manufacturing design, rather than simply relying on conventional methods involving trial and error…..Wilde Analysis has been there over the years to help us make those key steps forward in our FEA capability.


While simulation of multiple bodies undergoing small deflections is possible with general purpose FEA codes, large plastic deformation of multiple components requires very powerful analysis capabilities with sophisticated contact algorithms for accurate results.

DEFORM is consequently the preferred simulation solution for fastener companies across the world. In addition, its extensive thermo-mechanical modelling capabilities mean the software is increasingly used to investigate welding and other challenging processes too.

...the support provided by Wilde Analysis has always been exceptional.

University of Sheffield (AMRC)

Excellent support, very rapid and pointed me in the right direction to solve my simulations.

STANLEY Engineered Fastening (Letchworth Garden City)

Manufacturing research is crucial for advancements in quality, production and in reducing the costs associated with the manufacture of parts. Finite element analysis is a powerful tool used to assist this process. DEFORM has been used as a tool to more effectively understand the machining process.

University of Sheffield (AMRC)

....our Design Engineers have all been trained by, and worked with, Wilde Analysis to exploit DEFORM more and more....Wilde Analysis has been there over the years to help us make those key steps forward in our FEA capability.

Stanley Engineering Fastening

Through the years, STANLEY Engineering Fastening’s engineers have experienced many benefits in using DEFORM within product and manufacturing design, rather than simply relying on conventional methods involving trial and error.

Stanley Engineering Fastening

DEFORM has impressive capabilities and applications; the course is extremely useful!….Within three days you will have the ability to work on real applications.

Manufacturing Technology Centre

New and intermediate level users will find this extremely useful to cope with more advanced models and the current expectations in the field of FE modelling of manufacturing operations.

University of Strathclyde (AFRC)

A highly informative meeting, showcasing the new developments in software capability... It was the first UGM for me and I really enjoyed it. It is good to see how much support you can get from SFTC... This meeting provided me with a useful update on the new features in DEFORM.

University of Birmingham (PRISM2)

The [technical support] team is very pro-actively engaged in any problem(s) we may have related to hardware or software. Extremely helpful in any way and any level of support.

Stanley Engineered Fastening

Manufacturing Process Modelling with DEFORM - Webinar Series Spring 2022

Learn how DEFORM may be able to support your business objectives through our upcoming webinar programme, beginning this April.

Review the latest simulation tools and techniques for accurately simulating metal and non-metallic forming, heat treatment, machining and mechanical joining processes.

How Can DEFORM Help Transform Your Design and Manufacturing Processes?

Our combined software, training and consulting solutions enable you to exploit simulation within your business efficiently and effectively, with expert support and mentoring from our experienced technical services team.

For more information or to arrange an informal, no-obligation discussion on your requirements, please complete the form opposite or contact us using the details below.

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