News and Events:


Press Release



Revolutionary software to handle complicated multi-stage metal forming within SolidWorks and powered by ESI Group technology

Hong Kong, Nov. 28, 2006 - 3D QuickTools Ltd. today announced the professional version of 3DQuickForm to assist metal stampers to formulate their forming strategies in the early die design phase.  Building off the recently announced 3DQuickForm V2 release, which is targeted for flat-blank shape prediction, 3DQuickForm Professional raises the bar to support unfolding complex part surfaces to non-planar initial blank surfaces, flanging to surfaces and symmetry plane controls. 

The ability to simply and quickly unfold 3D surfaces to other 3D surfaces has been a key demand from stampers who need to handle very complex metal parts in the automotive, appliance and electronic industries.  With the demand for higher energy savings and stylish designs, metal parts have to follow non-planar linings in compact designs.  3DQuickForm Professional allows the user to study the multi-stage forming process, which is a significant challenge to most unfolding software that only produces blank shapes on planar surfaces. The 3D trim curve of an unfolded flange is now made available for users to generate the added surface on which the correct addendum can be modeled.  Symmetry plane constraints allow users to model half or quarter of a part while the rest is automatically calculated which reduces geometry complexity, meshing, and the solver calculation time.  The symmetry plane constraint also adds control for node motion along a cross-section of a part whether or not the part is symmetric at the plane location. 

The feedback from the existing 3DQuickForm users was extremely positive during the pre-release phase. 3DQuickForm Professional is now available to the market.  Current users of 3DQuickForm may contact resellers for demonstration and upgrade policy.  3DQuickForm Professional is powered by ESI Group technology advanced solver features. 

About 3D QuickTools Limited
3D QuickTools Limited is the developer of 3DQuickPress, 3DQuickForm, 3DQuickForm Professional, 3DQuickStrip, 3DQuickQuote, and 3DQuickMold provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D progressive die design systems in the SolidWorks® environment.  The company has been providing high quality progressive die design solutions since 1994.  All products are supported by leading industrial support partners in all major countries.  For further information, visit www.3dquickpress.com or send email to info@3dquickpress.com, or call at +852 2788 2832.

About ESI Group
ESI Group is a world-leading supplier, and a pioneer of digital simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes that take into account the physics of materials. ESI Group has developed an extensive suite of coherent, industry oriented applications to realistically simulate a product’s behavior during testing, to fine-tune manufacturing processes in accordance with desired product performance, and evaluate the environment’s impact on product performance. ESI Group’s products, which have a proven track record in manufacturing and have been combined in multi-trade value chains, represent a unique collaborative and open virtual engineering solution known as the Virtual Try-Out Space (VTOS), enabling virtual prototypes to be improved in a continuous and collaborative manner. This integrated protocol allows all the company’s solutions to work with each other and with applications developed by independent software vendors. By significantly reducing costs and development lead times and enabling product/process synergies, VTOS solutions offer major competitive advantage by progressively eliminating the need for physical prototypes during product development. The company generated sales of €62.2m in 2005, employs over 500 high-level specialists worldwide covering more than 30 countries. ESI Group is listed in Eurolist compartment C of Euronext Paris. For further information, visit www.esi-group.com

Virtual Try-Out Space® and VTOS® are registered trademarks of ESI Group. All other products, names or companies are the brands or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Nathalie David-Franc

ESI Group - Press Relations                                                                         

Phone : + 33 (0)1 41 73 58 35

E-mail : nathalie.david-franc@esi-group.com