Project ToolSimulation

Based on the comprehensive engineering system ToolDesign, developed by Schumacher/GAP, ToolSimulation is supposed to provide a new platform for the use of rotation-symmetric precision tools. This system will be able to simulate the performance of precision tools – that have been designed through ToolDesign – by drawing upon clearly defined workpiece and tool parameters to calculate the tooling situation.

Using the variant design method, ToolDesign creates the entire set of tool parameters requested for new tool versions in advance to the simulation process. The results of this process are 3D models of precision tools created by Autodesk Inventor software which are fed into the simulation process digitally.

Using the variant design method, ToolDesign creates the entire set of tool parameters requested for new tool versions in advance to the simulation process. The results of this process are 3D models of precision tools created by Autodesk Inventor software which are fed into the simulation process digitally.

Based on these new designs from the system ToolDesign an extensive modification of a standard simulation software is supposed to be realized through high computing performance. This shall allow the users of ToolSimulation to get hold of an interactive work piece description. This work piece destined to be tooled in the simulation process can draw upon a respectively prepared database which provides any material properties required for the simulation process. The properties of geometry and material needed for the ‘counter part’ of the simulation process – those of the precision tools – are made available through ToolDesign 3D-models.

If chosen computing procedures (e.g. FEM, MPM) provide the required functions for differential equation in the context of the system’s calculation, the user is supposed to be provided the results through the system for further analysis such as a relative assessment compared to other 3D tool models. If this analysis of the cutting performance does not provide sufficient results, the user shall be enabled to repeat the simulation process through an iterative modification of geometry data with the help of the engineering system ToolDesign until an optimized tool variant is achieved. An integrated data management system will take care of administrating the sets of data and provide them upon demand. The decision, upon which standard software GAP will draw upon for the development, is yet to be taken.

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