Die Costing For Automotive Stamping Dies

By: Vero Software  09-12-2011
Keywords: Progressive Die, Die Design, Graphical Interface

SMIRT DieCost combines a CAD graphical interface specifically designed for die estimation with an input/output method that links the CAD data with formulas, standard components, castings, and rate structures. This will generate “cost to build” for the dies that manufacture the part.

Features at a glance:

  • Cost estimating from part data
  • Read data process in smirt dielayout
  • Cost estimating from die design
  • Visualize what you’re estimating
  • Select processes from existing library
  • Constistency and reliability
  • Customizable look and feel
  • Compute simple or intricate formulas
  • Select or create curves to represent punch openings, trim lines, etc.
  • Standard components

Cost estimating from just part data. Simply import your part or product data from an assortment of CAD supported formats such as CATIA V4, CATIA V5, UniGraphics, and IGES. Once the part is read, you can immediately perform feasibility studies by using the tools provided.

Read data processed in SMIRT DieLayout. Directly read a SMIRT Die process into SMIRT DieCost. The entire die layout including the die tip axis for each die, “Length of Line”, press information, trims, pierces, flanges, etc. Since the die layout process has already been proven, you can quickly forecast the estimated construction costs of a single or complete line of dies.

Cost estimating from a die design. Load a Die Design from SMIRT DieShop and automatically identify and map into SMIRT DieCost the die components and castings used in the design. Identify and quickly estimate 2d, 3d, & profile machining cost estimates based upon actual profile and machine surfaces (MFA).

Select a die line from an existing library. All of the dies can be stored and recalled later from a standard
library. This accelerates the estimation process in three easy steps.

1) Load a standard part.


2) Make any unique changes needed.


3) Produce the cost for the die.

Consistency and reliability.

Load a part, load a die line, and compute a cost. This method ensures consistent, reliable results every time. Save an existing die process to expand your library.

Customize the look and feel. The architecture is setup in a way to allow the SMIRT DieCost administrator to define the applications specific look and feel. The administrator can define what is displayed to the end user. Multiple applications can be defined for different purposes and types of dies, changing the scope and output. For example, a different interface can be presented to the end user for progressive die costing as opposed to line die costing.

Compute formulas. Completely managed and defined by the company assigned administrator. The formula section allows administrators to setup formulas that calculate hours and costs. Formulas can also read data from existing fields, do math operations, and populate other fields. With the flexibility to be created in several categories, predefined “functions” can be executed within a formula. As simple or intricate as desired. Right out of the box, you can compute a cost based upon various common elements of a die. The application design is structured in a way to make it easy to add new fields, tables, formulas, lists, and forms as your company grows and your estimating needs expand to a more detailed environment.

Select or create curves to represent punch openings, trim lines, etc. “Lines of Action” are curves that are used in the cost analysis. Choices specifically designed for the processor and estimator have been developed to extract the curve data quickly. Whether it’s a silhouette based on the die tip or a simple sketch to create a rough blank, these powerful tools allow the user to create lines of action and apply them to the cost analysis.

Standard components. User defined standard components can be listed and created with separate attributes to easily link to a given casting or die for reliable quoting. Attributes such as material cost, design, machining, assembly time, etc, are given a value that is stored with each standard component and automatically considered.

Keywords: Die Design, Graphical Interface, Progressive Die

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