pressure today exists to minimise both development and
production costs for sheet metal components.
We at Dutton Simulation are able to offer the latest
software for examining part manufacturing feasibility
and process cost optimisation to enable computer-aided
process engineering. These tools have
been developed chiefly by Forming Technologies Incorporated
(FTI) in Canada.
in 1989 as a Technology Development Center for the metal
stamping industry, FTI is a world leader in providing
OEM's and part suppliers with innovative software and
training solutions designed to reduce the development
time and cost of parts and tooling. For many customers,
these solutions have resulted in millions of dollars
in cost savings.
FTI's Forming and Costing Software Solutions
have been subjected to years of validation and refinement.
Its speed and ease of use empower the user to identify
potential product, process and tooling changes, as well
as cost improvements prior to completing the part or
The specific benefits provide from use of these products
- blank development for material cost estimation and
tool try-out using FASTBLANK,
CATBLANK and BLANKWORKS
- prediction of manufacturing feasibility to assist
in product design using FASTFORM
- calculation of thickness & strain distribution
data for product performance using FASTFORM
- blank nesting for cost reduction using BLANKNEST
and CATNEST, and now
also with PROGNEST for
- process cost optimisation using COSTOPTIMIZER
(which includes blank development and nesting functions)
FTI has developed the world's most advanced and
accurate solutions based on its proprietary hybrid one-step
finite element method and has tailored their products
for specific sets of needs. FTI solutions are available
integrated within a number of CAD systems including
SolidWorks, SolidEdge and CATIA.
Complimenting these systems, we also supply the CAD
translators from Datakit to allow native
CAD formats such as CATIA, ProE, UG, etc to be converted
to IGES, STEP or DXF for import.
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