AniForm Engineering (Enschede, the Netherlands) has announced the official release of AniForm Suite. This software tool is said to enable engineers to simulate and analyze composite forming processes with ease by combining a new graphical user interface with AniForm Core, AniForm’s well-known and improved finite element solver. AniForm Suite is tailored to the forming process of fiber-reinforced sheet material, such as laminates comprising woven fabrics and unidirectionally reinforced pre-pregs. A reportedly improved understanding of the laminate forming process is obtained by fast and intuitive visualization of the simulation results. The software predicts fiber paths, changing ply thickness, adverse fiber stresses, wrinkling and other phenomena that appear upon forming. Anticipating these phenomena in the early design phases allows for efficient product and process optimization, leading to a reduction of product development costs and lead times. The current suite version consists of AniForm PrePost 1.0 and AniForm Core 2.1.1. AniForm PrePost has a pre-processing mode enabling the engineer to set up new simulations quickly. Importing pre-defined lay-ups and material properties reduces modelling times significantly. The post-processing mode is used to analyze simulation results. AniForm PrePost invokes simulations by pushing the models to AniForm Core, which then simulates the process.
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