The simulation for cold forming processes

Cold forming is a very widely used forming process for its numerous industrial advantages: high production rate, dimensional precision and excellent surface finish, material savings, little or no secondary operations required, improved mechanical characteristics.
Given the production of parts in large series in this area it is important that the fabrication sequence is perfectly calibrated in order to avoid negative impacts on the finished part. The deformation of the metal is able to generate defects on the part or the tool, the simulation makes it possible to be predictive and thus optimize the process.


What are your problems? How can our simulation help you?


Reduce the design time and associated costs

To increase your profitability and earn new markets


Improve the quality of your parts

To have more and more innovative products, without defaults and responding perfectly to the expectations of your customers.


Master your process

To improve the existing fabrication sequences and solve production problems.

Become predictive of your cold forming processes


From the most traditional to the most demanding processes, the numerical simulation allows you to produce high added value forged components. Some of the most common cold forged parts include: shafts, hollow shafts, nails, screws, bolts, nuts, rivets, washers and fasteners.

With a simulation software, you become predictive of many things that influence your costs and the quality of your parts :

  • Anticipate the presence of defects: position, evolution, depth of folds...
  • Prevent deformation, wear and tear and tool breakage at any stage of the process
  • Select the adequate forging equipment according to the effort of forging, consumed energies... 
  • Assure the health of your parts with good fibering
  • Visualize critical zones subject to damage
  • Follow cutting surfaces, segregated areas and suction defects 

These criteria can be simulated with our simulation software COLDFORM® for the numerous processes including closed die forming, extrusion, cutting, punching, rolling, heat treatment, machining, and many others. It is suitable for any type of metallic alloy.

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Design a suitable and resistant tool

Cold forming die analysisTo resist constraints and high rates of current production, the tools used in cold forming require high-performance properties: excellent resistance to fatigue and high wear resistance. The software FORGE® and COLDFORM® enable to predict all these constraints and thus optimize the design, costs and tool maintenance.  

Tool life can be extended with the analysis capacity of the simulation software. Thermal or thermo-mechanical calculations in tools can be conducted to predict the stress distribution, deformations, wear, temperature and damage to any moment during the process.

FORGE® and COLDFORM® allow two types of analyzes: a fast decoupled calculation in matrices as well as a coupled calculation unique between workpiece and tools. The softwards offer a very large press database: mechanical press, hydraulic press, toggle press and orbital press. complex piloting can also be set. Tools preloaded and mounted on springs can easily be defined.

Important benefits for your activity

The simulation accompanies you and helps you in key moments: 

  • During the R&D phase, for the development of innovative or complex products
  • During the quote phase, to be able to quickly position itself towards a new manufacturer
  • During the design and development process, to speed up the time to market
  • During the production phase, to control the manufacturing costs

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Targeted processes




Sheet metal forming


Fine blanking

Targeted industries

fasteners and fixings

COLDFORM® for fasteners and fixings

Even the most sophisticated developments are often held together by standard parts. The numerous machines do not function without them.

automotive industry

COLDFORM® for automotive

For the automotive sector there are often special steering components, brakes, transmissions and engines that are in demand.

COLDFORM for precision mechanisms

COLDFORM® for precision mechanisms

Precision mechanisms equip clocks, optical devices, electronic or optoelectronic devices with parts such as spiral springs, nut devices, control screws etc.

Boucledor case study


Simulate complete sequences to determine the ideal shape and mass of the starting flank and optimize the number of stamping operations.


The stamping sequence was validated by simulation before the start of production leading to the parts being correctly stamped from the first pressings.



Implementing the COLDFORM® software helped us lower our stamping die design and manufacturing costs by reducing the amount of tools in our stamping process.

Benoît  PES, Head of Stamping and Mechanics, Boucledor, Switzerland
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