In this paper, finite element prediction of a cold sheet metal forming process is investigated using solid elements. A three-dimensional rigid-plastic finite element method with conventional linear tetrahedral MINI-elements [1, 2] is employed. This technique has traditionally been used for bulk metal forming simulations. Both single- and double-layer finite element mesh systems are studied, with particular attention to their effect on the deformed shape of the workpiece and thickness variation. The procedure is applied to the well-known problem of the NUMISHEET93 international benchmark. The resulting predictions are compared with experimental observations found in the literature, and good agreement is noted.

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