Multistage Stamping Simulation

Learn how to perform a multistage forming process.

Open the Model

  1. From the File menu, select Open.
  2. In the Open File dialog, navigate to the file in the tutorials folder in the installation directory in Program Files\Altair\2023\InspireForm2023\tutorials\Numisheet_channel_2005.x_t.
    The model should look something like this:

Define the Blank and Material

  1. On the Tryout tab, click the Blank icon.
  2. In the microdialog, click Single Blank for the blank type.
  3. On the model, select the blank.
    Note: To easily see the blank in the die set, you can hide parts that are blocking the view of the die. To hide a part, select it, right-click, then select Hide. Once you define the blank, unhide the parts.
    The blank turns red indicating your selection.
  4. To confirm the blank selection, on the model, select the blank again, or on the microdialog, click Assign.
    Once your selection is confirmed, the blank surface is displayed in light gray as indicated in the legend. Also notice in the legend that the dark gray color on the model indicates surfaces that are not yet defined for the analysis setup.
  5. After assigning the blank, in the microdialog that appears, click the ellipses button to access the Material Library.
  6. Enter material JSC440W.
  7. Click Assign, then Close.
  8. For material thickness, enter 0.9.

Add a Symmetry Plane to the Model

  1. On the Tryout tab, click the Symmetry icon.
  2. Select an edge on a plane as the symmetry plane, and then click to confirm.

    The symmetry plane appears in a red outline.

Set Up the Single Action Draw Operation

  1. From the Tryout tab, select the Add operation icon.
  2. From the Add Operation window, select Single Action.
    The Single Action operation icon appears on the Tryout ribbon.
  3. To automatically configure the toolset in your model, on the Single Action operation you just added, click .
  4. In the guide bar, select the Build tools option, then click Auto configure.
    The Build tools option automatically identifies the required tools for the operation: Top Die, Bottom Die, and Bottom Binder. The option also automatically configures the tool set. The model setup should look something like this:


  5. Double-click the blank holder.
  6. In the microdialog, select Maintain Gap .

  7. To preview the forming action of the tryout, on the Single Action icon, click Preview Tool Motion .
    An animation of the forming operation is generated for the model.

Add Guidepins to the Model

Add guidepins to the model to support holes in the part and ensure that the blank maintains its correct position during the forming process.

  1. Click the Single Action operation icon on the Tryout ribbon.

  2. On the secondary ribbon of tools that appears, choose the Add tool icon.
  3. Click Pin to attach guidepins to the part.
  4. On the guidebar, select Attach Tool and choose the tool which to attach the guidepin. Click again on the part to confirm. The selected surface appears highlighted in red.
  5. Click Pin on the guide bar. Click a surface or line which to attach the pin.
  6. Use the microdialog to configure the height and diameter of the pin.
    Note: Additional pins must be added individually to the part.
  7. Repeat steps 5-7 to add more pins to the model.
  8. Right-click, and then mouse through the checkmark to exit.

Set Up the Trim and Pierce Operation

  1. From the Tryout tab, select the Add operation icon.
  2. From the Add Operation window that appears, select Trim.
    The Trim operation is added to the ribbon next to the Single Action Draw operation. Once multiple operations are added to the ribbon, a check mark appears in a blue cirlce indicating which operation is current.
  3. To automatically configure the trim lines in your model, on the Trim operation click .
  4. In the guide bar, select the Build tools option, then click Auto configure.
    The Build tools option automatically identifies the trim lines in the model.
    Note: If your model includes a single trim line, the software automatically identifies it. If more than one trim line exists, the longer line is identified as a trim line and the remaining lines are identified as pierce lines.

Set Up the Springback Operation

  1. From the Tryout tab, select the Add operation icon.
  2. From the Add Operation window that appears, select Springback.
    The Springback operation is added to the Tryout ribbon.
    The blank in your model is automatically identified for the springback analysis.

Run the Multistage Simulation

  1. From the Tryout tab, Run tools, click Run Analysis.
  2. In the Run Analysis dialog, type in a name, and click Run.
    Note: By default, the run name is the model name, and is saved in the run history directory that is specified in the Preferences.
    The Run Status dialog shows the progress of the simulation. A green check mark indicates that the run is completed.

Review the Simulation Results

In the Analysis Explorer, select the following options for the model run and review the results.

  1. For Operation, select Single Action. For Result Type, select Formability.
    The results should look something like this:


  2. For Operation, select Springback. For Result Type, select Displacement.
    The results should look something like this: