Simufact Engineering recently introduced Simufact.welding 3.1, the latest version of its simulation software for joining processes. Along with a new version of the Simufact.forming software for hot forming processes, the developer reportedly is able to model more functionality for a broader range of applications — simplified for easier use by manufacturing operators. “With the new Simufact software releases, companies aiming to link various production processes in the process chain (from semi-finished material to finished component) have come closer to their goal of an integrated, cross-process approach in the simulation of entire process chains,” it stated. >

The developer’s simulation software aims to cover an array of essential production processes, from forging to cold mass forming, rolling, sheet metal forming, mechanical joining, heat treatment, and welding. Also, standard interfaces allow customers a fast and reliable integration of Simufact software in their CAD/CAE environments.

Simufact.welding 3.1 is able to simulate various welding methods. Its “cutting edge” solver technology calculates welding sequences effectively and make realistic predictions of component distortion. Also, the program will account for microstructural transformations in the material during joining.

There is a new functional link between Simufact.welding with Simufact.forming, too, allowing manufacturers to simulate different process sequences. Thus, manufacturing processes taking place before or after welding can be efficiently integrated in the calculation. Simpler data transfer makes it possible to consider the forming history and strength analyses of the simulated welding seams.

The calculation of phase transformation and phase volume fractions, as well as the automatic mapping of weld filler metals complement the new features.

The new release also emphasizes the user’s experience, presenting an overall concept that is accessible as well as functional. Simufact.welding 3.1 provides the user with a simple and comfortable model of more complex welding seams, according to the developer, and it’s even possible to simulate multi-layer welding.

Finally, the new release improves calculation process for contacts in process-related gap formation during welding.