CEDARBURG, Wis.—ATACO Steel Products has added leading edge metal forming software to enhance its design and manufacturability capabilities and substantially shorten time to production, the company said in a release. The company, a deep draw and stamping contract manufacturer, said that it added the state-of-the-art production simulation software to its existing pre-production planning and design process.

The software is said to be a high-end simulation tool that is in limited use in the industry. It is designed to provide technical benefits when used in conjunction with expert engineering and die-making inputs. The software is said to eliminate weeks, and often months, from the commonly used trial-and- error method that tool and die makers have used to develop dies capable of producing  parts with the desired shape and physical characteristics.

The software enables users to quickly evaluate complex, deep draw part and process feasibility. It is capable of determining blank shape and spring-back for sheet metal parts; it also identifies formability problems, such as wrinkles or cracks. This makes it possible for knowledgeable engineers to implement design changes earlier in the product life cycle, saving time and money.

In its newly implemented process, ATACO engineers run FASTFORM® Advanced to assess formability risks and optimize material usage prior to releasing data to tooling. The software is used to evaluate component and tool geometry, account for material properties, and incorporate the possible effects of production characteristics that result from friction, binder, addendum, blank holder force, pad pressure, draw-beads, and tailor-welded blanks.

The ability to predetermine the feasibility of producing a part as a deep draw is essential to ATACO’s ability to offer short times to production, along with superior structural and cosmetic characteristics, the company said.

ATACO Steel Products Corporation is a privately owned metal components manufacturer with corporate headquarters in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. The company manufactures complicated products, such as deep draws, unusual shapes, and close tolerance components, and provides comprehensive metal fabrication services to meet unique customer needs in a variety of industries.

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