Frequently Asked Questions

What is QForm?
QForm is the next generation of forging simulation software. Quick Metal Forming simulation was developed and tuned for use by shop-floor engineers. Students involved in training and research can also effectively use it. QForm is a Windows based application that utilizes the advantages of the most modern operating systems and fast processors.

Please see the page QForm Features for more details.

What are the system requirements?
Generally, the specifics of the required computer depend on the complexity of the simulations you will be running. We always recommend a stand-alone video card with its own memory instead of an on-board video system that shares system memory. You will also need a CAD system that can export the correct type of geometry files (STEP format for 3D, dxf for 2D) and you should have fast internet access to utilize our on-line support. With any systems, the faster the processor, the better the speed of simulation will be. More system memory will allow more complex simulations to run.
QForm 2D can run on any Windows based processor of at least 1 GHz with 1 Gigabyte of RAM.
QForm 3D/2D can run on 32-bit or 64-bit systems. The minimum requirements are a 32-bit Windows based dual-core processor with 2 gigabytes of RAM. However for more complex simulations we recommend the use of QForm 64-bit on a multi core 64-bit computer. Up to eight processors and 20 gigabytes of ram can be supported in 64-bit.
QForm Extrude requires a fast multi processor 64-bit computer with at least 4 gigabytes of RAM. Up to eight processors and 20 gigabytes of RAM can be supported.

Please see the page System Requirements for more details.

What version of QForm do I need?
If you are not sure what version you need, your best solution is to drop a line to Tom at Forge Technology and explain your situation. He will help you decide what version is right for you. In a nutshell these are the differences between the versions:
QForm 2D is used only for axi-symmetric parts where the forging can be represented by a 2D drawing rotated around a central axis of symmetry. Wheel hubs and engine valves are examples of typical 2D forgings. QForm 2D can run on a very basic windows based PC. The source geometry is imported as dxf or iges files that can be generated by any 2D cad system.
QForm 3D/2D is used for full 3D parts. Essentially a forging of any shape can be accurately simulated with QForm3D. QForm 3D requires a powerful and fast Windows based PC to run efficiently. The source geometry must be imported from a 3D CAD system such as SolidWorks, Unigraphics, Pro-E, Solid Edge, or any 3D cad system that can export step format. QForm 3D includes 2D simulation capability as well.
QForm 64 bit is a high power version of QForm 3D/2D that is required for large complex simulations that will require more than 100,000 nodes to simulate.
QForm Lite Is a full featured version of QForm that is limited to 30,000 nodes. It is well suited to fasteners, headers, or any simple 3D shapes.
QForm-Extrusion is a single program that integrates all the features required for analysis and optimization of the most complicated extrusion processes. It is used for simulation of solid, semi-hollow and hollow profiles as well as extrusion through multi-hole dies. The extruded material can be aluminum alloys, brass, steel or other metals.
QForm MicroStructure allows the prediction of grain size and the fraction of recrystallized grains in forged superalloys. It is a separate module that integrates with QForm.
QForm Heat Treat integrates with the simulation of cooling in QForm3D. The program can predict the phase constitution as well as hardness and ultimate tensile stress and shows the distribution of these parameters over the surface and in cross cuts. The heat treat module can be used integrated with QForm or as a stand alone module.

Please see the page Available versions of QForm for more details.

What source data are required for simulation with QForm?
QForm requires technological data and parameters that can be classified in the following groups:

Please see the page What is needed for a simulation for more details.

What processes can QForm simulate?
QForm can simulate almost any forging process. The Tools can move in any axis or rotate, the billet can rotate and move in any axis.

For more details, please see the page Processes simulated by QForm.

What qualifications are necessary to work with QForm?
The program requires only the understanding of forming technology while operation of the program is virtually self-explanatory. Just basic computer literacy and familiarity with your CAD system are required. We recommend one day of on-site training for new users.

Please see the page Training and Support for more details.

What sort of problems can QForm detect?
QForm can identify and solve many metal forming defects such as underfill, laps and flow through defects. It can also identify many problems in die design.

Please see the page Problems solved by QForm for details.

What are the main features of QForm?
QForm provides accurate true-to-life and fast simulation. It was developed for all Windows based systems. It provides completely automated simulation without user's attention. It has the most easy-to-use interface of any of the simulation software available.

Please see the page QForm Features for more details.

What is the background of QForm?
QForm is based on sophisticated finite element algorithms developed during the years by the experts of Quantor Ltd. Its code is optimized for the most effective and automated simulation. Intensive practical use and International Benchmark tests have verified it. Finite element technique is hidden from the user's view. The user communicates with the model of forging technology working as a "black-box".

For more information, please see the page QForm History.

What if I have a problem, how is QForm supported?
QForm has been designed to be used worldwide. It is available in many languages. QForm has been designed with this global market in mind so it was designed to be supported over the Internet. The file structure is very simple with QForm. All of the source data for a simulation are contained within a single file that is small enough to email efficiently as an attachment. When Quantor Ltd. or Forge Technology, Inc. receives this file, we will run the simulation exactly as it ran on your computer and we will find and fix the problem and return the file to you within 24 hours. Forge Technology also offers onsite training and troubleshooting and offers phone support.

Please see the page Training and Support for more details.

What happened to your old website?
We think that our new website is pretty good, but we will leave our old website active for a while in case anyone gets nostalgic.

You can see it at: Forge Technology, Inc's old website