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Generate accurate blank shapes. (Bits & Bytes).

Fastblank V 2.0 lets Solid Edge users develop optimal blank shapes for complex metal designs. "The software improves formability and product quality, while reducing material costs and the amount of trials in the prove-out stage," says Dan Marinac, director of business development at Forming Technologies Inc. (FTI).

In addition to blank development, Fastblank provides a contour plot indicating the thickening and thinning that results from the forming process. Furthermore, it assesses feasibility of a part for manufacturing; accounts for material stretch, deformation, and bending; and flattens any Solid Edge geometry. …

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