Feasibility Analysis - The Importance of a well-designed Tooling Study

Feasibility Analysis – The Importance of a well-designed Tooling Study

Generally spoken, a feasibility analysis enables the easy and quick evaluation of part and process feasibility. Even with the first design of a part geometry, fundamental process capability should be checked for future series production, regardless of whether the CAD model has already been rounded.

At this point in time, there are often preliminary questions regarding whether the part can be manufactured as a double or single part, where exactly the part separation is planned, and whether the required material strength is achievable. Another issue which must be addressed at this stage is the later behavior of the part in terms of crash, durability, stiffness or strength.

Feasibility Analysis – The Importance of a well-designed Tooling Study

Feasibility Analysis – The Importance of a well-designed Tooling Study

The feasibility analysis allows early feedback on key quality criteria of the forming process. The feasibility analysis is carried out at a point in time when only the part geometry is available but no information regarding the tool or the process is known. Based on the part geometry, an attempt is made to represent how the forming process will take place later on in the series production. The feasibility analysis enables the quick identification of problem areas such as, for example, splits, improper thinning and possible wrinkles in the part and provides the best possible alternative solutions to correct the problems.

Feedback on feasibility which is delivered in an early, timely, comprehensible and reliable manner is crucial for balanced part design. In addition, when later ad hoc measures are taken on parts, there is a risk of lower part efficiency and the inconsistency in quality of the finished part.

By means of feasibility analyses, product developers and engineers as well as process planners and die-face engineers obtain better part design, increased initial quality as well as reliable long-term behavior. The feasibility analysis makes it possible to not only reduce development and manufacturing costs, but also to shorten the time to market.

The feasibility analysis is carried out at a point in time when only the part geometry is available but no information regarding the process or the tool is known. The feasibility analysis enables the quick identification of problem areas such as, for example, splits, improper thinning and possible wrinkles in the part and provides the best possible alternative solutions to correct the problems.

In addition, when later ad hoc measures are taken on parts, there is a risk of lower part efficiency and the inconsistency in quality of the finished part.

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