The future is in the virtual tooling process

A future challenge in tool manufacture will be to command and retain know-how within the virtual tooling process. SwePart and Lidhs are two solutions-oriented toolmakers that create complex, advanced tools for sheet metal forming. Both are well-versed in the virtual tooling process. These companies have longstanding experience in the tool engineering industry and both are well established on the Swedish market. An international focus is important and exports account for about 30% of sales, but the ambition is to advance and become even stronger players on the Swedish market. SwePart and Lidhs are both very productive toolmakers that have succeeded in boosting productivity in recent years, which has led to a dramatic increase in capacity. The companies’ expertise within the virtual tooling process has been decisive for meeting customer demand for even shorter lead times. This demand will be even more prevalent in the future.

Development of the virtual tool and die process

Companies that have a command of the virtual tooling process are at the cutting edge of toolmaking. By analysing customer requirements and looking at the desired outcome, SwePart and Lidhs have developed a working model that begins with a computer simulation. Following simulation, all necessary modifications are incorporated into the tool design; e.g., compensation is made for factors such as springback, material thinning and material, surplus, etc., prior to a production start-up. This results in significant added value for both SwePart and Lidhs and their customers when it comes to quality, reliability and delivery assurance.

Development of the virtual tool and die process will continue. The vision is to be able to offer northern Europe’s most efficient tool design and toolmaking. Here, SwePart and Lidhs are well on their way.

Harriet Lidh CEO, Lidhs Verktyg och SwePart Verktyg