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History of

data M Sheet Metal Solutions GmbH

1982

The founder Albert Sedlmaier used to work as a research engineer at the Technical University of Munich/Germany in the field of mechanical design, CAD/CAM and rollforming.
Research Project KPW (Dipl.-Ing. Alber Sedlmaier).
Investigations concerning the subject roll forming (CAD/CAM, expert systems...) on behalf of the Studiengesellschaft für Stahlanwendung; Düsseldorf/Germany.
Co-founder Stefan Freitag graduated at the same University.

1984

3D-Sheet Bending Software Module for EUCLIDTM, Matra Datavision;
Development of a sheet metal bending/unfolding software for the EUCLID volume modeller.

1986

3D-Sheet Bending Module for SELENIA-AUTOTROLTM;
First reflections on the theme CIM, besides an unfolding module also optimization of multistage operation dies and waster.

June 1987

Foundation of data M Software GmbH by two research engineers from Technical University of Munich (Albert Sedlmaier and Stefan Freitag).

1988

COPRA® RollForm software Version 1.0 and CAD Blech Version 1.0 (the predecessor of COPRA® MetalBender) under AutoCAD (AutoLisp for those who remember...)

1989

Genius Blech Version 2.0; First attempts to simulate the bending sequences in 2D sections;
COPRA® Version 3.0 for Rollforming also for HP ME10. Connection of roll data base management to RDBMS INGRES (TM).

1990

SOLID Sheet: The very first volume model based 3D sheet metal software for AutoCAD (using Autodesk's Modeling Extension AME)

1992

Process Chain for Sheet Metal; CIM-Concept for the complete processing of sheet metal parts.

1993

Development of COPRA® RollScanner an automatical working inspection machine for rollforming tools: COPRA® RollScanner

1994

COPRA® DTM (Deformation Technology Module - Rollform Simulation)

1995

SOLID Sheet Rel. 13 - New version of 3D Sheet metal software based on AutoCAD 13 and its integrated ACIS volume modeller.

1996

COPRA® 12c3 and Round-to-Special shape forming for tubes

1997

COPRA® DrawnTubes: designing and manufacturing drawing rings for round tubes under Autodesk Mechanical Desktop;
Genius Sheet becomes COPRA® MetalBender

1998

COPRA® MetalBender for Mechanical Desktop

1999

Movement into larger facilities

2000

COPRA® FEM - Roll Forming (Rollform Simulation)

2001

COPRA® MetalBender gets part of Autodesk's Inventor;
data M Software GmbH is appointed as "Autodesk's preferred supplier for sheet metal technology and validation";
Development of a drive- and control unit for flexible roll forming.

2002

COPRA® FEA RF (Finite Elemente Simulation for Roll Forming) as OEM Version with MSC.MARC available;
COPRA® DTM (Deformation Technologie Modul with possibity to calculate plastic strain values presented);
COPRA® RollScanner with third axis presented (Autofocus for rolls with varying diameters).

2003

COPRA® TQM (Total Quality Management) concept for design, try-out, verification and in-process quality control of roll tools.
Large-scale industrial launch of COPRA® FEA RF (Finite Element Analysis for Roll Forming).
Improvementof the analytical roll form analysis COPRA® DTM by computation of plastic strain values in addition to the known profile stress analysis.

2004

Presentation of a new version of COPRA® FEA RF at Tube Düsseldorf show with an integrated thermo mechanical simulation of the roll forming and welding process.

2005

data M Software India Pvt. Ltd. based in Bangalore has started its operations in India,  Arabia as well as the Asia-Pacific market to strengthen its product sales as well as support and engineering services. Santosh Venkata Subbaiah, an experienced engineer is managing data M’s Indian business.

2007

Release COPRA® RF 2007: This release supplies new technologies for all roll forming issues that could only be implemented with a big effort. That includes e.g. the possibility to use drawing dies in roll forming lines, the automatic development of one or multiple cages in a tube welding line, new types of passes in the tubemill program and a completely new roll design based on the design capabilities of AutoCAD.

2008

Release COPRA® FEA RF 2008: When doing the first steps of development in the Mid Nineties we had some dreams of what Simulation Technology could do one day. Today these dreams have come true. COPRA® FEA RF helps to understand the roll forming process, trace problems and do a target- oriented optimisation. Of course also roll form technology is developing. Therefore it is necessary to add new features into the FEA software.

2009

As of April 17th, 2009 the name data M Software GmbH has changed to become data M Sheet Metal Solutions GmbH. This renaming does not mean any changes in our legal corporate structure or any changes for you in our business dealings.

Release COPRA® RF 2009: In this new version data M Sheet Metal Solutions GmbH has been concentrating on major issues, that will make the design of sections with pre-punched material, or the handling of trapezoidal and corrugated sections, much easier.

2010

data M (UK) Sheet Metal Solutions Ltd. in the United Kingdom and data M Scandinavia AB in Sweden were opened.

2011

Opening of data M do Brasil Software Ltda. in Brazil.

Release COPRA® RF 2011 and COPRA® FEA RF 2011. The big objective of this version was the extensive integration of parametrics into the flower design of the COPRA® RF software. The solution has a modern core now which fulfills today's state of the art and decisively simplifies upgrading for new technologies.

2012

data M celebrates its 25th anniversary.