1) The Past, Present and Future of Die Design (PDF) (Watch video after reading article.)
After a short history lesson on die design, this cover page article gives the reader some insight into where 3D die design software is today. Finally, it offers the opinion that since dies are typically quite different from one another, it is important for the designer to have the flexibility to control the software and suggests that the software should not control the designer.
You can click here to watch a Logopress3 Tool Animation & Dynamic Interference Detection video of the die shown on the cover of the magazine operating on the designer's computer screen as if it was in the press.
Subtitle: Tool-designing software boosts productivity at production job shop
Mike Schmit, CAD/CAM manager and one of the tool designers at Oldenburg Metal Tech describes how the company has increased productivity by almost 30%. Oldenburg is a tool and die company whose main focus is the design and build of progressive, compound and draw dies.
Subtitle: Getting Ready to Compete in This New Decade
It's time to throw away the old decade and start with the new. Companies are evaluating where they are and where they need to be in regards to technology in order to survive and thrive in the new decade. It is absolutely vital that American companies not fall behind other countries in taking advantage of technology and automation in order to increase productivity.
Subtitle: Logopress3 boasts user-friendly features for increased efficiency
This is a nice one page article that recognizes Logopress' 20th anniversary and is packed with an excellent summarization of some important Logopress3 features, including the automatic creation of drawings. It also contains a very nice customer comment from a customer who, 8 months earlier was a 2D user.
Subtitle: Third dimension enables faster, better builds
We were very honored to have an article we wrote featured on the cover of Stamping Journal magazine. We hope you find this article to be very clear and concise in explaining what you can expect from 3D die design software, both pros and cons. In the end, since the pros enable dramatically more efficient builds, they far outweigh the cons.
This article features BesTech Tool Corporation’s successful use of Logopress3 and Solidworks for 3D Die Design, after having used a couple of other 3D packages over the years. Mike Korneli, president of BesTech said “You have to stay as current as possible… to survive.”
This article also contains a separate sidebar article entitled: 3D Die Design in the Classroom
Both Forming Technologies Incorporated (FTI) and Logopress3 were highlighted in this article along with 12 other companies out of the 300 that exhibited at this show. The writers said “... the potential impact of the new technology showcased is huge.”
The article describes several of the many distinct benefits that a 3D Die Design software package brings to an otherwise generic CAD system.
Since this article was written in 2005, computers and software have made huge strides in regards to performance and functionality. But much of what is found in this article still applies today.