A wide variety of choices confront the potential user of finite element modeling (FEM) for sheet forming analysis. In the first part of this paper, a brief summary of the basic formulations available and sample references to them are provided. Several kinds of finite element models have been developed for analyzing sheet forming operations at OSU and in the Center for Net Shape Manufacturing. These variations began with in-plane FEM and grew into 3-D versions. In the second part of this paper, some key conclusions from these developments will be summarized. More recently, a section analysis program (SHEET-S) has been prepared and transferred to industry. The capabilities and limitations of SHEET-S will be presented in greater detail, including comparisons with experiments and industrial trials.