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DEFORM Utility Menu

DEFORM Utility Menu

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DEFORM Utility Menu

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Shortcuts to many commonly-used panels and tools are available from the Deform Utility menu. The macros are arranged in process order, from top to bottom.








Import CAD drawing, a HyperMesh file, or a finite element file.


Opens the Rigid Tool Surface Meshing dialog.


Opens the Automesh panel, to create meshes automatically or interactively.


Opens the Tetramesh panel, to create a mesh of tetrahedral elements.



Opens the Materials panel.

Flow Stress

Opens the Materials Flow Stress Data dialog.


Opens the Collectors panel


Opens the create subpanel of the Interfaces panel.

Symmetry Plane

Opens the Symmetry Plane dialog from which you can specify only a part of the geometry of a symmetrical model to use for the simulation.

Tool Position

Opens the Tool Position dialog, on which you specify two parts that definition a change in position, and the direction of the approach in order to adjust the position of the assembly parts to achieve an efficient process.

Depending on the original location and orientation of the billet with respect to the dies, you may need to use additional tools (available in the Manufacturing Solutions menu bars) to correctly position the billet with respect to the tooling.

Tool Motion

Opens the Tool Motion dialog.


Opens the Files panel, from which you can save your model file.


Opens the Select the file to export dialog, on which you specify a location to save the .KEY file. Select this macro to export your DEFORM input file.


See Also:

Setting Up a Forging Simulation

Modifying Model Geometry

Meshing the Model

Applying Material to the Parts

Defining Contact Interactions

Creating a Symmetry Plane

Defining the Tool Motion

Creating a Solver Input Deck (.key file)