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Altair Offers Forging Capabilities with New Addition to Altair Partner Alliance

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Jangho Lee

AFDEX software simulates forging and other metal production processes

TROY, Mich. – Nov. 4, 2015 – Altair today announced that Metal Forming Research Corporation (MFRC) has joined the Altair Partner Alliance (APA) with its forging software, Advisor for Metal Forming Process and Design Expert (AFDEX). Originally developed to analyze the forging process, the software capabilities have expanded to apply to extrusion, drawing, rolling, ring rolling, and other functionalities of production lines.

"AFDEX has been developed with an emphasis on solution accuracy and user-friendliness,” said Jangho Lee, managing director at MFRC. “Since the first commercial release in 1995, AFDEX has consistently replaced costly and time-consuming trial-and-error approaches to process design in metal forming with innovative CAE approaches. It will stay as one of the most reliable friends of Altair customers, who are especially confronted with technical obstacles in metal processing.”

AFDEX is based on rigid-elasto/thermo/viscoplastic finite element method and holds an exceptional strength in plate forging, an integrated process of sheet metal forming and cold forging. It also provides an accurate analysis for a wide range of metal forming processes, with intelligent automatic meshing and re-meshing schemes embedded. AFDEX includes a user-friendly interface equipped with fool-proof capabilities and fully-automatic simulation techniques which have been adopted for the cases of multi-stage processes. In addition, strong metal flow line prediction on the arbitrary cross-sectional area and powerful material identification streamline the metal forming process for more efficient results.

“Forging is an important manufacturing process where simulation has become indispensable in shortening lead time, especially for complex parts,” said Subir Roy, Senior Director of Industry Solutions at Altair. “The accuracy of AFDEX and its intuitive workflow will be valuable and highly appreciated by users interested in improving part quality and optimizing multi-stage cold and hot forging processes.”

AFDEX predicts forming loads to assist in selecting appropriate presses. It also develops and optimizes the metal forming processes which allows process design tryouts to be removed, reducing development time and cost. It also enhances product quality in terms of fiber flows and longer life spans and increases productivity by prolonging die life.

To learn more about MFRC and AFDEX, register for the introductory webinar taking place Nov. 17, 2015 at 3 p.m. Korean Standard Time and 9 a.m. ET, or visit the MFRC solution page.

About the Altair Partner Alliance
Altair’s HyperWorks platform applies a revolutionary subscription-based licensing model in which customers use floating licenses to access a broad suite of Altair-developed, as well as third-party, software applications on demand. The Altair Partner Alliance effectively extends the HyperWorks Platform from more than 20 internally developed solutions to upwards of 60 applications with the addition of new partner applications. Customers can invoke these third-party applications at no incremental cost using their existing HyperWorks licenses. Customers benefit from unmatched flexibility and access, resulting in maximum software utilization, productivity and ROI. For more information about the Altair Partner Alliance, visit www.altairalliance.com.

About Metal Forming Research Corporation (MFRC)
MFRC has unceasingly developed the metal forming simulator Advisor for metal Forming process Design Experts, or AFDEX, based on rigid-elasto/thermo/viscoplastic finite element method with intelligent re-meshing technology embedded. MFRC supports and consults its customers in various ways of both online and offline education, sharing application experiences and useful findings from annual conference on metal forming CAE technologies which covers special short-term or long-term lectures and publication of books and papers as well. MFRC's policy is to organize and network full-time professionals and specialists from academic side in fulfilling its customers with engineering achievements and satisfaction. MFRC consistently pursues genuine integrity to become true friends of metal forming engineers and researchers full of passion and enthusiasm.

About Altair
Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,600 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates more than 45 offices throughout 24 countries. Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

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