Progressive Die Design for SolidWorks
3D is the only solution to improve time to market and reduce errors. 3D is a universal language allowing clear communication and collaboration. The results are superior to 2D die design methods.
3DQuickPress is an add-in for SolidWorks®. Allowing you to unfold a part quickly, define the process, and automate the creation of your punch and die design assemblies.
By using 3DQuickPress, we’ve realized substantial savings in the design and build stages by going from design to machine and build without different iterations or the need for trying out different strips or prototypes to run through the tool first. The time savings is in the ability that we do it right the first time.
Mark McCumber, Senior Designer, F-B Tool & Die Limited
3DQuickPress Features & Benefits
The unique unfolding capabilities allow you to run feature recognition whether it is an imported part or a native SolidWorks® part. The associative and high performance model can compensate for many parameters such as spring back and bend allowance. Formed features can be automatically and semi-automatically recognized to unfold realworld stamped parts.
The process for strip layout is very 2D orientated and the 3D is automatically created! Using a Strip Manager to set up the process for which the tool will operate (pierce, notch, form, and bend). Using a drag and drop process from station to station you can define the design. You are not held back by traditional 3D history limitations and/or long rebuild times. Key functions of the 3DQuickPress Strip Layout Manager are:
- Support multiple parts
- Notch punch design
- Split punch
- Mismatch undercuts
- Partial bend
- Insert/Delete stations
- Report on material utilization and center of cutting force
Punch & Die Set Design
Punch Design and Die Set Design are highly automated while allowing for design intent to be captured without programming! This technology is known as Production-Level-Templates (PLT)s and is revolutionizing the industry.
By capturing design intent with simple best practices and high performance rebuilds, you can reduce design time along with 2D drafting. These PLT templates are simple to create with the PLT Wizard. They can automate any aspect of the die design process including cutting, bending, extruding, die sets, and user-defined methodologies. Key functions for punch and die set design include:
- Automatic punches & insert creation
- User defined punches and insert creation
- Standard parts & die sets library
- Create all openings in all plates automatically
- Automatic parts recognition to create an accurate BOM
- Sketch tools to assist in creating die openings and inserts