QUANTOR-FORM LTD. released QForm 3D/2D version 7, the newest version of its of metal forming simulation software. The developer reported QForm7 uses an entirely new interface, data structure and algorithms written with the most modern programming techniques that allow for more power and flexibility than the previous versions of the program.

The new program runs significantly faster, according to Quantor-Form, thanks to advanced algorithms and full parallelization of the computations. It offers a well-balanced combination of high performance, flexibility, speed, and accuracy with a quick learning curve for new, inexperienced users.

At the same time, the new release is capable of deep analysis for the most advanced users and researchers. It retains the ease of use and familiar features of the previous version of QForm including simulation of both 2D and 3D problems, detection of laps, flow-through and non-fill defects, as well as full tool simulation capabilities, including die stress and die wear.

QForm7 also includes many new features and improved functionality. It has new algorithms for solving coupled mechanical and thermal problems where the temperature and deformation of the dies are calculated concurrently with the simulation. It has both explicit and implicit solvers, as well as elastic-visco-plastic formulation that allow for simulation of residual stresses and distortion. These methods are so effective that the entire press structure can be included in a simulation coupled both thermally and mechanically with the deformation of the billet and the dies.

The software’s new architecture allows the simulation core to run independently from the interface, making the graphical interface powerful and flexible. Even while the simulation is still running the user can play the results forward and backward, make crosscuts, measurements, and any other kind of analysis.