This paper presents the use of a knowledge-based system to provide the link between computer-aided rule-of-thumb procedures and a finite element simulation package for the design of forging dies. The knowledge-based system automates the mesh generation and regeneration procedure that is traditionally the most cumbersome aspect of such a process. The system is programmed in Prolog, C, and Fortran. It is based on parametric mapping approach and generates 2-D quadrilateral meshes. Results are presented to show its effectiveness in reducing the effort and skill required for conducting forging simulations.