ATACO Steel Products, an industry leading contract deep draw and stamping manufacturer, drastically shortens time to production with the acquisition of leading edge metal forming software.
ATACO has added state of the art production simulation software to its existing pre-production planning and design process. The metal forming software, a high-end simulation tool, is in limited use in the industry. In addition to the technical benefits the software is designed to provide, when used in conjunction with expert sheet metal engineering and die-making inputs, the simulations can eliminate weeks and often months from the trial-and-error method tool and die makers have traditionally used to develop dies that produce parts with the desired shape and physical characteristics.
The sheet metal forming software enables users to quickly evaluate complex, deep draw part and process feasibility. It’s capable of determining blank shape and spring back for sheet metal parts and identifies formability problems such as wrinkles or cracks. This makes it possible for ATACO engineers to implement design changes earlier in the product life cycle. Many decisions related to the final cost are made during the early design phase. Using simulation software to optimize metal forming increases ROI for high-volume manufacturing.
ATACO engineers run FASTFORM® Advanced from Forming Technologies 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.
ATACO Steel Products Corporation is a privately-owned metal components manufacturer with corporate headquarters in Cedarburg, Wisconsin (near Milwaukee). ATACO specializes in the manufacture of complicated products such as deep draws, unusual shapes, and close tolerance components. ATACO also offers comprehensive metal fabrication services to meet unique customer needs across a broad variety of industries.