Process Planning

Process Planner is an interactive environment for creating and documenting process plans based on part features such as flanges, holes, and embossments. The process plan describes the processing sequence and the detailed actions in each operation.

Create a Documented Process Plan with Press Requirements and Costing for Transfer, Tandem, and Progressive Dies

  • Develops a detailed process plan for quoting
  • Generates images to detail die actions in each operation
  • Results in increased accuracy and enables a faster quoting process
  • Scientific physics-based approach to process planning
  • Calculates minimum press requirements such as tonnage, bed size, shut height, energy, and selects appropriate press
  • Consistent and repeatable method for estimating tooling costs with detailed reports
  • Open Access System that can connect and populate any internal costing reports


  • Uses information from FASTBLANK®, BLANKNEST®, and PROGNEST® to define operations sequence such as forming, peircing, trimming, and cams
  • Complexity (severity) of each operation is considered
  • Accurate prediction of die load and die energy
  • Minimum press requirements such as tonnage, weight, size, shut height are determined
  • Uses industry standardized costing methodologies that can be customized to match your company standards
  • Sensitivity to rates for die construction, machine, design, and material costs
  • Results are provided as hours or cost for the process and for each operation
  • Die layout with scrap plan is generated
  • Detailed reports include summaries, tonnages, sizes, costs break-down per operation, and complete documentation of the process plan

Sculptured Die Face is a sculpting approach to creating and morphing addendum and binder geometry resulting in a fast, flexible, and visual approach to die face design.

A Sculpting Approach to Creating and Morphing Addendum and Binder Geometry resulting in a Fast, Flexible, and Visual Approach to Die Face Design

  • Develop a full die face or draw development model in minutes
  • Create first-form draw models for accurate material cost estimates for drawn panels
  • Determine impact of developing flanges on punch face, die face, or binder
  • Optimize press axis direction for minimizing undercut or draw depth while analyzing trim conditions, draft angle and undercuts
  • Construct complex, developable curved binder geometry using a variety of powerful, industry driven approaches
  • Accurately develop trim lines for flange, hem and extrusion geometry onto die surfaces
  • Export surface data for use in COSTOPTIMIZER, ProcessPlanner, or FASTIncremental simulations


Step-by-step wizard guides:

  • Import 3D CAD data and perform Stamping Feature Recognition
  • Die tip (draft angle, minimize draw depth, average normal)
  • Positioning and bridging double attached parts
  • State of the art curved binder generation with morphing and tilting
  • Fill holes and/or notches and optionally use symmetry
  • Create and morph Part Extension (PE) curves
  • Pre-unfold of flanges onto extension, addendum, or binder
  • Develop a full 3D surfaced addendum
  • Evaluate impact of Die Face on Trim Conditions
  • Accurately locate trim lines for subsequent flanging operations