DEFORM for Metalforming Simulation

DEFORM can simulate forging, extrusion, rolling, drawing, spinning and any other hot, warm or cold manufacturing process involving large deformation. Results such as material strain and ductile fracture, die under or over fill, forming defects, press loads and tooling stresses are used to develop superior products and manufacturing processes.

Flexible yet Process-Orientated Simulation System for Large Metal Deformation

Compared to standard FEA and CFD codes, DEFORM offers significant benefits when simulating large deformation of metals and other materials, particularly if complex contact modelling and mesh rezoning (remeshing) may be required or microstructural changes are predicted to occur.

DEFORM has been applied to hot and cold forging, extrusion and upsetting operations since 1980s, optimising the manufacture of products such as:

  • Turbine disks
  • Flanges and valve bodies
  • Upset tubes and shafts
  • Gears
  • Crankshafts, connecting rods and pistons
  • Control arms, tracks and yokes
  • Bearings
  • Medical implants
  • Fasteners


Sheet metal processes can be evaluated for splits, wrinkles, forming loads, tool failure and springback. Applications include:

  • Drawing
  • Deep drawing
  • Bending
  • Stamping
  • Coining
  • Blanking
  • Ironing
  • Pipe/tube forming
  • Sheet forging
  • Rubber pad forming
  • Hydroforming
  • Stretch forming
  • Mechanical joining
  • Roll forming
  • Flowforming


Standard rolling applications include cross wedge rolling, shape rolling, orbital forming and thread rolling. DEFORM can be used to optimise the rolled shape in the blocker or finished forging dies, typically resulting in a much higher material yield than traditional preforms.


A specialised solver has been developed for ring rolling, spinning and other rotary forming applications to obtain accurate solutions within practical run-times.


DEFORM can model the initiation and propagation of cracks due to ductile fracture. Punch-die clearances can be optimised for minimum roll-over and burr formation while maintaining low forming loads.


Premature tool failures resulting from high forming pressures, inadequate die design or unbalanced interference fits can be analysed and eliminated using the coupled die stress analysis capability.


Productivity Tools for Engineers as well as Dedicated Analysts

DEFORM FORMING EXPRESS (2D / 3D) is the ideal solution for small to mid-sized companies looking to incorporate simulation into their design workflows. It is a practical and efficient tool for designers and engineers to predict material flow in cold forming and hot forging operations without the cost and delay of shop trials.

Simple to use, with Wizard-driven templates, it is still based on the renowned DEFORM calculation engine for high accuracy and fast results.

...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)

Using DEFORM, we estimate that we have reduced the number of samples required by around 50%... The confidence acquired in material volume and raw stock size has consented bulk material purchase giving a great reduction on initial lead times. DEFORM 3D is now an integrated part of Cerro EMS’ die design procedure.

Cerro EMS Limited

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 level of support was excellent. My query was dealt with in a speedy and efficient manner with easy to follow instructions which resolved the issue. Thank you.

Timet UK

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

Very informative and professional course.

Timet UK

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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