Frequently Asked Questions

What is QForm? 
QForm stands for Quick Metal Forming simulation and is used for simulating bulk metal forming processes. It was first commercially released in 1991 and is developed and supported by Micas Simulations Ltd. located in the United Kingdom. QForm is a Windows based hybrid Finite Element Mesh/Voronoi cell application that utilizes the advantages of the most modern operating systems and fast multi-core computers. The program is regularly updated and improved based on market requirements and customer input.

What data are needed for a simulation? 
Click here to find out what information is needed to set up a simulation.

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 runs on 64-bit systems. The recommended specs of the computer depend on the simulations you will be running, but in general, the minimum suggested requirements are a fast 64-bit computer with 8gb of RAM. The faster the processor speed, the better. There is no limit to the number of cores and memory that can be utilized.
  • QForm-Extrusion requires a fast multi-processor 64-bit computer with at least 16 gigabytes of RAM. There is no limit to the number of cores and memory that can be utilized. The faster the processor speed, the better.

What version of QForm do I need?
There are a lot of options available for each version. If you are not sure what version or options you need, contact Tom at Forge Technology and explain your situation. He will help you decide what is right for you. In a nutshell, these are the differences between the versions:

QForm is the flagship of the QForm product line and can be used for almost any forming process. It works in 2D and 3D.
QForm-Extrusion is a 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 Grain Size Evolution 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 Phase Transformation 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.

What processes can QForm simulate?
QForm can simulate almost any metal forming process. The tools can move in any axis or rotate, the billet can rotate and move in any axis. The program can simulate multiple tools, tool assemblies, and workpieces. 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 the operation of the program is virtually self-explanatory. Just basic computer literacy and familiarity with your CAD system and forming process are required. We recommend one day of on-site training for new users.

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 click here for more details.

What are the main features of QForm?
QForm provides accurate true-to-life and fast simulation. It is well known as the easiest to use simulation software on the market and it provides completely automated simulation without user’s attention. Please click here for more details.

What if I have a problem, how is QForm supported?
Forge Technology, Inc. is located near Chicago and is always available by phone, email, or web based meeting. QForm is used worldwide and is available in many languages and has been designed with this global market in mind so it was designed to be supported over the Internet. QForm has a simple file structure where 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 QForm tech support 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. Forge Technology also offers onsite training and troubleshooting via phone, Zoom, and GoToMeeting online training and trouble shooting services.

How is simulation software best implemented at my company?  The outstanding usability of QForm has opened up new possibilities for the implementation of simulation software. QForm provides many benefits beyond simply die design optimization. It can be used over a local network by a group of people who can share the source data and the results of simulation so QForm is available at as many working places in the company as necessary. Click here to see how QForm can be used by various people within an organization to save money and time and improve quality.