ETA Announces Release of DYNAFORM 5.8.1

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Die System Simulation Solution Offers Enhanced Die Face Engineering Capabilities

Engineering Technology Associates, Inc. ( is pleased to announce the availability of Version 5.8.1, of its complete die system simulation solution, DYNAFORM ™. This latest release is now available for immediate download and promises to deliver a robust environment for engineers to simulate and analyze the entire die system. The FEA software solution guides the engineer through a wide range of stages in the manufacturing process, from cost estimation and die face design to formability analysis and stamping process simulation.

Some of the most significant enhancements in this version are delivered through DYNAFORM’s Die Face Engineering module (DFE - DFE now offers the capacity to parametrically build die faces for a symmetrical part. Therefore, after the user defines the symmetry line, the program can automatically build the die faces for the other half of the symmetrical part accordingly.

Also notable, a ‘new product change replacement’ feature was added in 5.8.1. It allows the user to retain the current die face design and simply drop in new product design surfaces, saving the user a great deal of time while providing greater flexibility.

A new ‘Auto Mesh’ option was added in DFE and allows the user to automatically mesh the CAD model immediately after it has been imported.

Dynaform 5.8.1 allows the user to set up a personalized ‘drawbead library’ which links the line bead force and the drawbead geometry shape. As a result, the user can elect to run the simulation with either the line beads or geometry beads.

The Blank Size Engineering module (BSE - was also enhanced in the latest round of development. The module was significantly improved upon by way of a streamlined guided user interface (GUI). New dialogues within the GUI contain tabbed menus for easy navigation between functions.

For a complete list of the new features available in DYNAFORM Version 5.8.1, please view the Release Notes (

DYNAFORM ( has been a long-time favorite among engineers in the metal stamping industry and is widely used among the automotive “Big 3”. It is often hailed as the most accurate and cost-effective solution of its kind. It allows the organization to entirely bypass soft tooling, reducing overall tryout time, lowering costs, increasing productivity and providing complete confidence in die system design. It also allows evaluation of alternative and unconventional designs and materials for an optimal design solution.

About Engineering Technology Associates, Inc. (ETA)
Engineering Technology Associates, Inc. (ETA) was established in 1983 by advanced product development engineers working as structural analysts for the world’s largest automotive manufacturers. ETA’s expertise in the areas of product design and development, vehicle durability, NVH, metal forming, crashworthiness and occupant safety have provided an intimate knowledge of the challenges and needs of the product development engineer. Proactive in the creation and implementation of new analysis methods and software, ETA is the developer of the Inventium Suite and DYNAFORM.

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