AutoForm Engineering, a leading supplier of software solutions for the sheet metal forming industry, has announced an enhanced version of EasyBlank. This version provides a quick feasibility evaluation of the part that also includes a forming limit diagram (FLD). Users of EasyBlank can now check their product for stamping concerns and perform suitable countermeasures prior to tooling fabrication.

EasyBlank already delivers valuable features to the industry, including the ability to quickly calculate sheet metal part material consumption, thinning distribution of the part, blank outline and optimal nest layout, and now, early feasibility assessment eliminates costly and late changes to part design and enables an early optimisation of material cost. Users can carry out and quickly assess several alternative design concepts, selecting the best one. A focus on product feasibility minimises later expensive product modifi cations and allows the users to release a product that has been designed with manufacturability in mind.

An additional feature in this version is the ability to plot the FLD as a part of the online purchased report. The FLD is used to assess the material failure, such as splits or wrinkles.