Mark has been in product design and development in various industries for almost 20 years. Having worked in several engineering disciplines for small clients as well as Fortune 500 companies, he has developed a broad experience in engineering and manufacturing technologies. What started as an investigation into forming simulation software has progressed into a dedicated consulting firm for virtual sheet metal forming, product and tooling development, process optimization, and other leading edge analysis capabilities.
He has been involved extensively with studies that correlate actual press forming data back to simulation predictions, thereby developing a detailed understanding of simulation capabilities and accuracy. His involvement in die trials and metal research initiatives, coupled with simulation, have provided the knowledge and understanding vital for applying accurate boundary conditions to client simulations. Having conducted a multitude of forming projects, he has worked with those clients to further assist them in the understanding and utilization of both CAE and CAD technology.
Stuart earned his doctor of science degree in Mechanical Metallurgy, during which he discovered the Forming Limit Diagram. Next came 25 years with National Steel, managing research in sheet metal formability and press shop problem solving. He developed Circle Grid Analysis, ultrasonic thickness strain, stamping severity tracking, and other press shop analysis tools that allowed forming severity data to guide metal/tooling decisions. Then, 12 years as co-manager of The Budd Company Technical Center provided an extensive background as a tier one automotive supplier of sheet metal stampings. Key projects included implementing data based press shop operations, problem solving technologies, and researching computerized die tryout programs. For his pioneering work in formability analysis and his extensive worldwide formability seminar and workshop leadership, Stuart was elected to the Fellow Grade in both the American Society of Metals and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He continues his 10-year role as columnist for the PMA MetalForming magazine. Recently, Stuart has been the Technical Editor and a major contributor for the three versions of Advanced High Strength Steel Application Guidelines found on www.worldautosteel.org.