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Stamping processes are frequently used in the automotive industry. In an attempt to reduce developing times and costs, conventional design and manufacturing procedures are being changed. Finite element simulations have proved to be a good help in the design and analysis of these processes. The main problem of these simulations is that they are quite difficult to perform and that there are several non-trivial questions that the user has to answer before achieving a good model. In this work, a new application has been designed. It combines the usability of a custom application with the power of such a tool as the finite element method. To design this application, a lot of questions regarding FEM simulation of stamping processes have been analyzed. The result is a methodology to automate simulations of stamping processes where the user does not need to have deep knowledge of the finite element software.Such methodology has been successfully employed in a Spanish manufacturing industry of automotive components.