St. Louis, MO – Beckwood Press Company, a leading manufacturer of custom hydraulic presses, automation systems, and the Triform line of sheet hydroforming presses, has announced the commencement of a new educational circuit to inform and coach individuals in the metal forming industry about new developments in rapid prototyping. The effort will focus specifically on the use of simulation software, 3D printed tooling and Triform sheet hydroforming to develop quality parts faster – in hours versus weeks.

This educational circuit, to be kicked off early this fall, includes a webinar hosted by Beckwood / Triform and MetalForming Magazine (MFM), a one hour session at FABTECH in Atlanta, online self-guided presentations, and one-on-one consultations on the subject of new technologies for rapid prototyping and low volume part production.

To launch this educational tour, MetalForming Magazine published an article in the August issue entitled “Art to Part with 3D Printed Tooling.” The article highlights the use of simulation software, 3D printed tooling and Triforming, and demonstrates the advantages each can bring to an operation.

The first of the educational sessions, the MFM webinar will be on October 2, 2014 and the second session at FABTECH, entitled “How to Go from Concept to Finished Part in Less than 24 Hours,” will be held on November 13, 2014. For information about advance registration, interested parties should email and provide details regarding their specific needs. Beckwood will provide additional details to these parties as they are released.

“There is a new industrial revolution taking place. Manufacturers are using simulation software, 3D printed tooling and metal forming technologies like sheet hydroforming or rubber pad forming to go from a concept to a finished part within hours,” said Jeff Debus, President of Beckwood. “This trifecta of technology is changing the way part manufacturers go to market, and destroying old beliefs about cost, capability and development time,” he continued. “Whether you are aware of these technologies or not, your customers – and unfortunately – your competition very likely are. We know every metal forming company, big or small, can benefit from the efficiencies these technologies bring – and we want every company to be aware of the options available to them,” Debus concluded.

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