In this work we present the latest advances in the Particles Finite Element Method (PFEM) for the numerical modeling of forming processes. In the recent past, very good results of the method have been shown in the simulation of 3D cutting problems. The method has very good capabilities for treating large deformations in massive volumetric parts. Now the method is applied and extended to other forming operations: forging, blanking, minting, machining, etc., for metals and other materials. One of the important aspects of these manufacturing techniques is the interaction with the molds and dies. Deformable contact interactions are needed to obtain a close correspondence between numerical and experimental results. The characterization of the thermomechanical interaction with the coatings of the tool plays an important role. Advances have been made in meshing techniques for treating threedimensional parts and for the modeling deformable contact. The characterization of friction and wear of the forming tools can be modeled considering also the lubrication on the surfaces. The purpose is to obtain the characteristics of the final shape of the workpiece, the areas that experience large plastic deformations and the residual stresses that remain in the processed material. This information is very valuable for the optimal design of the manufacturing operation. To show the virtues of the method, several examples of forming operations are presented. The capabilities of the method are discussed, as well as the accuracy of the solutions.
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