Approved by the Chinese National Planning Commission and built up on the base of Shanghai Research Institute of Tool and Die Technology in April, 1996, the National Engineering Research Center of Die and Mold CAD (ERC) is a research and development institution that focuses on high-level scientific research and technology transfer in the field of die and mold. The National Digital Manufacturing Technology Center, affiliated to ERC, is mainly engaged in plastic processing technology, digital manufacturing technology and engineering support. A dual-platform aiming at independent innovation mold technology and digital manufacturing technology has been built up.
Currently the ERC has more than 200 staff members, among which 21 hold PhD degrees, and there are ten full professors including one member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and one Cheung Kong Chair Professor (part time). The Center has established R&D and production bases in Xujiahui, Zhangjiang High-tech Park and Zhenjiang. It has established wide cooperation with many international companies such as Ford Motor.
Professor Ruan Xueyu
1994-now Dean/Professor of Dept. of Plasticity Technol., Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ.
Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering
Director of National ERC of Die & Mold CAD
1983-now President of Shanghai Research Institute of Tool & Die Technology
1980-1994 Professor of Dept. of Material Science & Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ.
1960-1980 Assistant professor of Dept. of Material Science & Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ.
1953-1960 Teaching assistant of Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ.,
Cold forging, numerical simulation, intelligent design, digital manufacturing
 Successfully developed cold extrusion technologies of ferrous metals as one of the pioneers in China, proposed the criteria of forming limit of cold extrusion, and published 4 books on cold extrusion technologies in 1960s and 1970s.
 Successfully developed die and mold CAD/CAM, numerical simulation and AI technology in the field of metal forming and die & mold manufacturing. Under his leadership, more than 400 research projects have been accomplished, and the technologies have been transferred throughout 21 provinces in China and also international companies in US, Japan, Germany and Switzerland, etc.
 Proposed the implementation strategy of high-technology development, i.e. research & development, technology transfer and engineering support. He invented a new pattern - to establish a joint research lab with industry. In this way, on one hand, the joint lab can cooperate with related companies and find solutions to some specific problems on high-tech research, development and application; on the other hand, some advanced management methods of multi-national enterprises, up-to-date strategies and technologies can also be exchanged through the cooperation. Till now, more than 30 joint research laboratories and application centers have been established, such as the joint labs with Ford Motor Company, SIEMENS, Sodick, Feintool and Schneider Electric, etc.
Participation in Academic Societies:
 Member of International Cold Forging Group (ICFG)
 Standing director of International Committee of Environmental Manufacturing (ICEM)
 Editorial member of Journal of Materials Processing Technology
 Editorial member of Production Engineering - Research & Development
 Member of the academic committee of State Key Laboratory for Digital Manufacturing Equipment & Technology, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China
 Member of the academic committee of State Key Laboratory for Fluid Power Transmission and Control, Zhejiang University, China
 Member of the academic committee of State Key Laboratory for Mechanical System and Vibration, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
 Director of the technical committee of National Engineering Laboratory for Digital Shipbuilding
 Member of the academic committee of MOE Key Laboratory for Advanced Material Processing Technology, Tsinghua University, China
 Senior consultant of Chinese Die & Mold Industry Association
 Editorial member of Journal of Plasticity Engineering
Prof. Cao Jian has been working at Northwestern University, USA since she received her Ph.D. degree from MIT, USA in 1995. She is now the Cheung Kong Chair Professor of the Department of Plasticity Technology, SJTU since August 2009. Her primary research interests are mechanics analysis and design of macro/micro metal forming and composite sheet forming processes. Her research also includes intelligent process design algorithms, incremental forming process and micro-forming processes. She has more than 200 technical publications and has given more than 70 invited talks. Prof. Cao is a fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers and an associate member of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP). She was an associate editor for the ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering from 2003 to 2009. Prof. Cao is an associate editor of the ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics.
Prof. Zhao Zhen received his PhD degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2002, and now is the deputy dean of the Department of Plasticity Technology, deputy director of National Engineering Research Center of Die & Mold CAD, member of China Die and Mold Standardization Committee, member of China Forging and Stamping Standardization Committee and corresponding member of co-chairman of subgroup "process simulation" of ICFG. His research mainly focuses on precision metal forming technology and intelligent die design theory and technology, and he has published more than 40 papers.
Senior Engineer Kong Xiao graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2000, and got EMBA degree at Nanyang Business School of Singapore Nanyang Technological University. He holds the office of deputy director of National Engineering Research Center of Die & Mold CAD, vice president of Shanghai Research Institute of Tool & Die Technology, general manager of Shanghai Shenmo Die & Mold Manufacturing Co., Ltd, vice president of Shanghai Die & Mould Trade Association and editorial board member of Die & Mould Industry at present. He is mainly engaged in inspection tools for automobiles and the research and development of thermoforming mold for automobiles. He was involved in such projects as Die & Mould Joint Development Center between Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Guangdong Zhongxing Electronics Co. Ltd., main carpet mold of Chery B11, checking fixture of car light, mold of precision injection molding machine for camera coat and CUBINE checking fixture of front bumper for SVW Polo.
Prof. Chen Jun received his PhD from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1996, and used to be a visiting scholar of University of Michigan Dearborn, now is the deputy dean of Department of Plasticity Technology, deputy director of National Engineering Research Center of Die & Mold CAD, standing director of China STP. His interests include new material stamping & net-shape forging, numerical simulation of metal forming, intelligent design and robust design. He has published more than 180 papers, and co-chaired lots of sessions of international & domestic conferences, and serves as the editorial member of Journal of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Journal of Plasticity Engineering, Precision Forming Engineering, and Forging & Stamping Technology and paper reviewer for many domestic and international journals.
Prof. Cui Zhenshan received his PHD degree from Yanshan University, China in 1999, and now is the chief engineer of the National Engineering Research Center of Mold & Die CAD and the Shanghai Research Institute of Tool & Die Technology. His main research interests are in the mechanics modeling and simulation of metal forming process and prediction of microstructure evolution of hot deformed metals. He has published more than 80 research papers in academic journals and conference proceedings. He also serves as an editorial member of Journal of Plasticity Engineering. He was awarded a provincial second-class Prize of Excellent Education Achievement and Honor of National Excellent Mechanics Teacher.
Prof. Dong Xianghuai received his PhD degree from Huazhong University of Science & Technology in 1991, and used to be a visiting scholar of Osaka University and Osaka Institute of Technology. He has been involving in research and education on theories of plasticity, numerical simulation of metal forming processes and micro forming. He has published more 30 papers in the domestic and international journals, such as Journal of Applied Mechanics, Journal of Machine Tools & Manufacture, Computational Materials Science, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, etc. He was the co-chairman of a group meeting of ICTP 2008 Conference and is the member of organizing committee of 2nd Asian Workshop on Micro/Nano Forming Technology.
Prof. Zhou Xionghui received his PhD degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1994. He used to be a visiting scholar of Karlsruhe University, Germany, and the former deputy dean of the Department of Plasticity Technology. He has been involving in the research and education of digital manufacturing technology and systems, and has developed several CAD/CAPP integrated system, knowledge-based mold design system and intelligent design software for oversea and domestic industries. He has published over ten papers in international journals such as Computer-aided Design. He was awarded as National Teaching Achievement Prize.
The research activities mainly focus on:
The ERC has broad collaborations with the domestic and international industry. Prof. Ruan invented a new pattern to set up joint labs with industrial partners. Most of the partners are the leading companies in their fields such as Ford、Altair、DAS、Sodick、Takata、Siemens PLM、Feintool、Hatebur、Schneider、Fuchs and so on.