Die-StarterESI claims its Die Starter simulation software enables die face designers to reduce the number of iterations needed to establish a feasible tool design. The company says this system automatically designs the first complete die face including binder, addendum, bead centreline and blank contour, while taking into account minimal material consumption.

ESI points out that the system will automatically perform a series of simulations in order to find the best compromise between feasibility (no cracks) and minimal material consumption (lowest piece price), by adjusting binder shape, drawbead values and addendum geometry.

The Die Starter die face geometry can then be modified directly in the ESI PAM-STAMP die face design module or loaded into any CAD system for manual modifications and improvements.