Altair® Inspire™ Form

Complete Stamping Simulation Environment

Inspire Form is a complete stamping simulation environment that can effectively be used by product designers and process engineers to optimize designs, simulate robust manufacturing and reduce material costs.

With the fast and easy feasibility module, users can analyze parts in seconds to predict formability early in the product development cycle. The automated blank nesting proposes an efficient layout of the flattened blank on the sheet coil to maximize material utilization.

The tryout module includes a highly scalable incremental solver, helping users to iterate and simulate multi-stage forming, trimming and springback in a modern and intuitive user interface, reducing complexity and making the production of high quality parts more economical.

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Why Inspire Form?

Design Better Products

Inspire Form enables users to quickly and reliably check the formability of apart early in the product design cycle. With Inspire Form, users can visualize potential defects such as splits or wrinkles, and then modify to eliminate defects and improve overall design.

Easy to Use

Inspire Form has a simple and highly intuitive workflow that is easy to learn and apply. Standard training sessions last only 4-6 hours, although most users can learn Inspire Form applications with no formal training at all.

Save Material and Costs

Inspire Form predicts accurate blank shapes that can be optimally nested in progressive and transfer die layouts within manufacturing constraints to save material and cost.

Key Features

Geometry Creation and Simplification

Extract midsurface, fill holes and cutouts, and remove flanges using Inspire Form’s geometry preparation tools. In addition, use Altair® Inspire™ tools to create and modify geometry.

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Model Setup

If the part geometry is available in car coordinates, Inspire Form automatically calculates the best stamping direction and can apply restraining forces corresponding to blankholder and drawbeads. The user can also specify the stamping direction.

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Materials Library

Inspire Form provides a material library with properties for standard steel and aluminum grades. It can also create a new material and save it within the user database.

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Analysis and Results Visualization

The flat blank needed to form the part shape is available at the end of the analysis. Visualize thinning and other defects such as splits, wrinkles, and loose metal.

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Multi-stage Virtual Tryout

Optimize the manufacturing process setting up single and multistage metal forming virtual tryout tools. The fast and scalable incremental solver supports forming and trimming, giving the ability to accurately analyze material flow, splits, wrinkles, lose metal, and springback.

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Die Geometry Module

Start from any CAD geometry of your part and build a die addendum concept right inside the familiar Inspire environment, leveraging the power of PolyNURBS hybrid modeling, evaluating and optimizing alternatives quickly.

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Inspire Form Workflow

  1. Feasibility Analysis and Nesting
  2. Virtual Die Tryout