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Manual Logopress 3: The Ultimate 3D Die Design Solution for SolidWorks



Manual Logopress 3: A Comprehensive Guide for 3D Die Design




If you are looking for a powerful, easy-to-use and integrated solution for designing dies in SolidWorks, you should consider Manual Logopress 3. This software is specially designed for the tool and die industry, and it offers a range of features and functions that can help you create high-quality die designs in less time and with less effort.




Manual Logopress 3


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Introduction




Manual Logopress 3 is a software package that runs inside SolidWorks and provides tools for unbending, strip layout, tool design and die simulation. It can handle complex parts with linear bends, extrusions, flanges, gussets, round draws, fineblanks, transfers and more. It can also perform finite element analysis, forming simulation, die kinematics, collision detection and other advanced functions.


Manual Logopress 3 is suitable for anyone who needs to design dies for progressive, fineblank, transfer or draw processes. It can be used by die designers, die makers, die engineers, die estimators, sheet metal part designers and anyone who works with dies. It can help you improve your productivity, accuracy, quality and creativity in die design.


To get started with Manual Logopress 3, you need to have SolidWorks installed on your computer. You can download a free trial of Manual Logopress 3 from their website https://www.logopress.com/. You can also watch some tutorials and videos on their website or YouTube channel to learn how to use the software.


Unbending Functions




One of the main features of Manual Logopress 3 is the unbending function. This allows you to unfold and model the intermediate stages of a part that will be used to define the strip layout. You can do this from a native SolidWorks model or from an imported model without any preparation.


The unbending function is very easy to use. You just need to select the part and click on the unbending icon. The software will automatically analyze the bends and create an unfolded model with all the bend lines. You can then edit and customize the unbending features by changing the partial unbending angle value, managing the spring back options, adjusting the bend allowance, adding gussets or flanges and more.


The unbending function is very flexible and powerful. You can switch from a full unbending to a partial unbending or vice versa. You can also use different bend allowance methods such as K-factor, bend deduction or custom formula. You can also control the spring back effect by specifying the material properties, thickness and radius of curvature.


Strip Layout Functions




Another important feature of Manual Logopress 3 is the strip layout function. This allows you to create and optimize a strip layout from a part that will be used to define the tool design. You can do this from an unfolded model or from a blank prediction model.


The strip layout function is very intuitive and efficient. You just need to select the part and click on the strip layout icon. The software will automatically create a strip layout with all the stations, cuts, pilots, bridges and other elements. You can then edit and optimize the strip layout by changing the pitch value, adding round draw module or slug retention groove tool, modifying station positions or orientations and more.


The strip layout function is very smart and innovative. You can use the round draw module to create cylindrical punches dedicated to pierce the pilot holes. You can also use the slug retention groove tool to automate the creation of slug retention grooves in cutting die openings. You can also add standard components such as lifters, strippers or guides from a library of catalog components. You can also create cutting punches with optimized outlines using ProgSim function.


Tool Design Functions




The next feature of Manual Logopress 3 is the tool design function. This allows you to design a progressive, fineblank, transfer or draw die from a strip layout that will be used to produce the part. You can do this from a strip layout model or from an existing tool design model.


The tool design function is very simple and fast. You just need to select the strip layout and click on the tool design icon. The software will automatically create a tool design with all the plates, pillars, screws, dowels and other elements. You can then edit and refine the tool design by changing plate thicknesses or dimensions, adding holes or pockets or chamfers or fillets or other features.


The tool design function is very accurate and reliable. You can use finite element analysis (FEA) function to analyze stress distribution, deformation or safety factor of your tool design. You can also use forming simulation function to simulate formability and springback issues at the strip layout design stage. You can also generate 2D drawings with automatic dimensioning, BOM (bill of materials), hole tables (with automatic numbering) for your tool design.


Die Simulation Functions




The final feature of Manual Logopress 3 is the die simulation function. This allows you to perform die kinematics (die motion) simulation from a tool design that will be used to verify its functionality. You can do this from a tool design model or from an imported assembly model.


The die simulation function is very easy and fun. You just need to select the tool design assembly (or import it) into SolidWorks Motion Manager environment (included in SolidWorks Professional). The software will automatically assign mates (constraints) between plates based on their positions in space (no need for manual mating). You can then run die kinematics simulation by specifying stroke length, speed or acceleration parameters.


The die simulation function is very useful and informative. You can use collision detection function (included in SolidWorks Professional) to detect collisions between plates during motion simulation (and correct them if needed). You can also use interference detection function (included in SolidWorks Standard) to detect interferences between plates at any position of motion simulation (and correct them if needed). You can also use clearance verification function (included in SolidWorks Premium) to check clearances between plates at any position of motion simulation (and optimize them if needed). You can also export animations (videos) or reports (graphs) of your motion simulation results.


Conclusion




In conclusion, Manual Logopress 3 is a comprehensive guide for designing dies in SolidWorks using four main features: unbending functions, strip layout functions, tool design functions, and die simulation functions. These features allow you to create high-quality die designs in less time and with less effort. They also help you improve your productivity, accuracy, quality, and creativity in die design.


If you want to learn more about Manual Logopress 3, you can visit their website https://www.logopress.com/


FAQs




Here are some frequently asked questions about Manual Logopress 3 and their answers.


What are the system requirements for Manual Logopress 3?




Manual Logopress 3 runs inside SolidWorks, so you need to have SolidWorks installed on your computer. The minimum system requirements for Manual Logopress 3 are the same as for SolidWorks. You can check them on the SolidWorks website https://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/SystemRequirements.html. However, it is recommended to have a higher performance computer for better results.


How much does Manual Logopress 3 cost and how can I get a free trial?




The price of Manual Logopress 3 depends on the package and the license type you choose. There are four packages available: Unbending, Strip Layout, Tool Design and Die Simulation. You can buy them separately or as a bundle. There are also two license types available: perpetual and subscription. You can contact Logopress for a quote or a demo on their website https://www.logopress.com/. You can also get a free trial of Manual Logopress 3 for 14 days by filling out a form on their website.


What are the differences between Manual Logopress 3 and other die design software?




Manual Logopress 3 has some unique advantages over other die design software. Some of them are:


  • It is fully integrated with SolidWorks, which means you can use all the SolidWorks features and functions without leaving the environment.



  • It is very easy to use, which means you can create die designs with minimal training and learning curve.



  • It is very flexible and powerful, which means you can handle complex parts and processes with various options and customization.



  • It is very accurate and reliable, which means you can perform advanced analysis and simulation with high-quality results.



How can I get support and training for Manual Logopress 3?




Manual Logopress 3 offers various support and training options for its users. Some of them are:


  • You can access online help and documentation on their website https://www.logopress.com/.



  • You can watch tutorials and videos on their website or YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/LogopressCorp.



  • You can join webinars and events on their website or social media platforms https://www.facebook.com/Logopress.



  • You can contact their technical support team by email or phone on their website https://www.logopress.com/.



  • You can request onsite or online training by filling out a form on their website https://www.logopress.com/.



What are the latest features and updates of Manual Logopress 3?




Manual Logopress 3 is constantly updated with new features and improvements based on user feedback and market needs. Some of the latest features and updates of Manual Logopress 3 are:


  • Automatic selection of other crossed plates through - new automatic positioning feature for wire EDM start holes.



  • Function to create cylindrical punches dedicated to pierce the pilot holes.



  • Tool added to automate the creation of slug retention grooves in cutting die openings.



  • ProgSim - optimize the cutting punch outline: automatically adds the developed geometry as lines and arcs to the cutting punch sketches.



  • Plus over 50 user-driven improvements and fixes.




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