Simulating the forming process of composites

AniForm’s implicit solver and graphical user interface are especially developed for draping predictions of continuous fibre reinforced composites. Your engineers will be able to perform easy and accurate composite forming analysis thanks to AniForm Suite’s key features:
Predict drapability
Understand deformations
Optimise your process
Achieve lead time reductions
  • TenCate Advanced Composites

    "TenCate Advanced Composites is very pleased with the AniForm software. It allows our customers to reduce their development time for new products and applications considerably. As an early adopter of genuine AniForm material card availability, we collaborate continuously to expand the database with a combination of our newest and legacy Cetex® unidirectional and woven thermoplastic aerospace materials."

    Scott UngerGroup President at TenCate Advanced Composites
  • DowDuPont

    "We have worked with AniForm over the last years in a very professional, confident, and pleasant way. Their software tool and expertise enable us to assess quickly the processing feasibility of our material for customer specific process configurations. Thanks to that, DowDuPont and our customers get the most out of these materials within a reasonable time and at lower costs."

    Craig NorreyTechnical Programs Manager at DowDuPont
  • Dutch Thermoplastic Components

    "Thermoforming of composite laminates is a process where the actual forming takes place within a second. The AniForm software gives the opportunity to visualize the process accurately at every instant, giving you a better understanding of what actually happens, and hence contributes to a solution to overcome formability issues. These aspects are key in optimising processes and having the process and tools first time right."

    Jeffrey VroemenR&D engineer at DTC
  • Tri-Mack Plastics

    "The AniForm simulation was so useful that it’s hard to imagine moving forward on complicated development projects in the future without this tool."

    Ben Lamm Composites Engineering Manager
  • SABIC

    "In different projects that SABIC has run with TPRC, AniForm has performed material characterization and forming simulations. During this work it was clear that the people from AniForm understood both the science and practical aspects of forming simulation very well. As a result, we learned quite a lot on simulation of forming processes, helping SABIC to become a leader in support towards our customers."

    Warden Schijve Chief Scientist Composites
  • Sirris Leuven-Gent Composites Application Lab

    "AniForm Suite is a well-ordered and easy to use program, which enables us to set up a simulation model in one go without having any solvability issues. Correlations between predictions and composite forming trials in our laboratory were successful, giving us great confidence utilising AniForm in more projects. We would like to thank the AniForm support team who were instantly able to help us out in case of complex result interpretations."

    Linde de Vriese & Bart Waeyenbergh Engineers
  • ThermoPlastic composites Research Center

    "AniForm has proven itself as the absolute state-of-the-art forming and draping software for composite materials. Their software plays an important role in our engineering and research programmes as it helps us and our members better understand and predict the complex deformations of composite materials."

    Wouter GrouveResearch operations leader at TPRC

AniForm Suite key features

Composite forming simulationModel the composite forming process using the intuitive and fast-responding graphical user-interface. Define the laminate by any number of continuous fibre reinforced plies. Prescribe movements of rigid tooling consisting of any number of punches, or use flexible tooling such as foils and pressurised rubber pads.
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Laminate configurationsImport in PrePost any laminate shape mesh. PrePost ensures automatically the laminate mesh to be conditioned well. Modify the laminate on the fly by adding cuts and darts anywhere in the stack. Tailored blanks can be modelled using sectioned meshes.
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Handling configurationsEvaluate any laminate handling configuration. Apply tensioners and various kinds of grippers anywhere to the laminate, and prescribe them through time to simulate your envisioned handling system for use in practice. Include laminate sag by gravity, use carrier foils, and study the effect of segmented blank holders or binders.
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Material behaviour at forming conditionsSimulate forming behaviour of laminate plies consisting of uni-directionally reinforced tapes, fabrics, organosheets, and NCF’s, having a thermoplastic, thermoset, or no matrix constituent. AniForm includes as standard calibrated material models from TenCate and DuPont.
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Robust simulatorAniForm’s implicit multi-CPU solver is especially developed for composite materials involving large forming deformations. Stable and intelligent time stepping, scaling, and contact search in multi-ply laminates ensure the solver’s robust performance. The solver is able to receive simulation jobs from other machines in the network using a client-manager configuration.
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Realistic predictionsScroll instantly through the simulated process steps to study potential defects like wrinkling at various scales, stress concentrations caused by bridging, regions susceptible to have poor consolidation quality, ply splitting, and surface rupture. Various academic publications can be found where AniForm software has been applied and assessed.
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Data exchangeSTL, Patran, and neutral file formats are supported for mesh import, which can be generated by most CAD and meshing programmes. Export any forming result to a text file, or update your structural or crash analysis model using Digimat.
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License and trainingAn AniForm Suite licence comes with one PrePost and one Core licence. Multiple licence configurations are possible. Get the most out of your licences by following our well-received training that is offered online, in the Netherlands, or at your site.
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