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Granta Design announced that the JAHM Curve Data, an extensive dataset of temperature-dependent material properties, is now available within the GRANTA MI™ and CES Selector™ software. A key application for this data is to provide reliable inputs for simulation.

Under an agreement with JAHM Software, Inc. Granta users gain access to data covering more than 2,900 materials (including metals, plastics, and ceramics), with 24,000 sets of temperature-dependent data for elastic modulus, thermal expansion, thermal conductivity, S-N fatigue curves, stress-strain curves, and more. Now this data is fully released within the industry-leading GRANTA MI™ materials information management system. Companies use GRANTA MI to create a single, easily-accessible, traceable ‘gold source’ for all of their corporate materials information. This includes both proprietary intellectual property, such as simulation models derived from their test data, and data from Granta’s library of trusted reference sources. Users can access all of the data they need in one place, including from directly within Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) software via MI:Materials Gateway.

Version 5 of MI:Materials Gateway debuts a new architecture that provides a fast, intuitive user experience, with instant app start-up to enable extremely fast browsing and filtering of the materials in your company database. Designers and analysts launch the app within their chosen CAE environments and use it to find the right materials data, fast, and error-free, with guaranteed consistency and traceability. With this latest version, users can quickly review full material properties for a chosen material while still in the CAE environment, using new in-app datasheets. Version 5 also provides improved support for centralized deployment, enabling easier distribution and update of the app across design and simulation teams.

Dr Sarah Egan, Product Manager for Granta’s Data Products, said: “The ideal data for simulation comes from fully-tested, statistically-analyzed materials characterization. But that type of data is not always available, particularly in early-stage design when some initial design data may be required prior to investing in a full material testing program. So it is important to use high-quality reference data. The new JAHM Curve Data provides this for a wide range of materials and is an exciting addition to our materials reference collection.”

The JAHM Curve Data can also be accessed using CES Selector. This desktop PC software provides a method for engineers to access the data and export for use in simulations where their organizations have not yet implemented a GRANTA MI system. It also enables JAHM Curve Data to be included in materials selection studies—for example, where the engineer may wish to narrow down the choice of material for an application to those for which good simulation input data exists.

Granta Design announced the availability of an updated metals data library for users of its GRANTA MI™ and CES Selector™ material intelligence software. This is the best ever single source of metals property data, covering thousands of metal standards, specifications, and grades. It includes a digital version of the authoritative MMPDS-10 aerospace alloy data, the latest Register of European Steels and SteelSpec data (including automotive steels), and ASME data on metals for the energy and chemicals sectors. Enhancements include non-linear metals data suitable for simulation and enhanced international equivalency information.

The need to identify similar or equivalent materials is a common challenge for metallic materials—for example, due to the need to find a local grade for use in an international manufacturing facility, or because of material supply disruption or material obsolescence. Such equivalency studies require information on global standards and specifications linked to property data, and the right tools to analyze that data in order to identify suitable alternatives. Engineers also need access to reliable data for materials selection, product design, simulation, qualification, and more. For many applications, for example crash simulation, an in-depth understanding of the suitability of a material needs data that describes non-linear performance as well as elastic data.

Granta brings together an unrivaled collection of materials data from widely-used and respected sources in one easy-to-access place. Properties covered include statistically-derived design values for high-performance alloys, global standards and specifications data for identification of equivalent grades, temperature-dependent data, and non-linear data.

The following five data modules have been updated:

  • MMPDS—version 10 of the premier aerospace reference
  • ASME BPVC—the 2015 version of ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel code
  • Stahldat SX—the latest complete and up-to-date Register of European Steels, including extended mechanical property data, new magnetic property data, and improved international equivalency information
  • Stahldat Sheet Steels—incorporating all the latest updates to the sheet steels data, with a particular focus on automotive applications
  • SteelSpec—including over 250 additional steel specifications.


Users of the GRANTA MI™ material information management system will be able to access these updated modules immediately, providing access to this data alongside their proprietary data managed in the same system. The modules will also be available in the upcoming release of CES Selector™, enabling use of the data with powerful selection and visualization tools that help users to compare properties and make materials decisions. Users of both systems also benefit from having metals data available alongside extensive data on plastics and composite materials, enabling comparison and analysis across material classes.

Dr Patrick Coulter, Chief Operating Officer at Granta Design, said: “These latest updates provide the best ever single ‘gold source’ for reference data on metals. When combined with our material intelligence tools, this enables users of this data to make smart materials decisions more efficiently. This will save enterprises time and money and support the development of better, safer, greener products.”

For more information, visit: www.grantadesign.com/products/data

Granta Design and Senvol announced that the Senvol Database™ of Additive Manufacturing (AM) materials and machines, will be available within Granta’s materials software, GRANTA MI™ and CES Selector™. As a result, development teams will be better able to find valuable AM data and to identify the best machines and materials for their projects. This new combined solution was previewed at last week’s RAPID 3D Manufacturing Event in Orlando, FL.

There are now hundreds of industrial AM machines and compatible materials. New products are coming to market weekly. In this fast-evolving landscape, picking the best options for a manufacturing or research project is a tough call, and a wrong direction can be costly. The Senvol Database™ provides details of over 550 machines and over 700 materials. Within the Granta software, users can search and compare materials based on properties, type, or compatible machines. They can identify and compare AM machines based on supported processes, manufacturer, required part size, cost, or compatible materials (and their properties). It’s now easier to find new ideas when researching AM options and to focus in on the most productive routes for a project.

GRANTA MI™ enables companies to create a single, easily-accessible ‘gold source’ for all corporate materials data—both proprietary intellectual property (IP) and data from trusted reference sources. The GRANTA MI:Additive Manufacturing package provides best practice data structures and tools to manage AM data, capturing valuable IP for re-use, avoiding wasted effort, and building the knowledge base required to understand and improve AM processes. Integration within this system makes the Senvol Database™ instantly accessible and searchable for scientists and engineers through the same web browser interface that they use for routine access to their proprietary AM data and their company’s wider materials and process information.

CES Selector™ software is an easy-to-use PC tool for plotting, comparison, and materials selection using materials data. Now its powerful charting tools can analyze and present data from the Senvol Database™—for example, quickly generating a plot to compare the properties of all Ti-6Al-4V materials that are compatible with a specific machine. CES Selector systematic selection features can filter machine and material options based on their properties and help the user to assess trade-offs in order to identify candidate machines and materials for a particular application.

Within both Granta products, the Senvol Database™ becomes part of a comprehensive, integrated library of materials data covering metals, composites, plastics, ceramics and more.

“We’re pleased to be working with Senvol to further extend Granta’s solution for Additive Manufacturing,” said Dr Patrick Coulter, Chief Operating Officer at Granta Design. “The Senvol Database provides us with the best available Additive Manufacturing reference information, which both adds to our solution in this area and reinforces Granta’s strategy to provide the best single source of materials data across the broad range of engineering applications.”

Senvol President Zach Simkin added: “We’re extremely excited to announce this partnership with Granta. Granta is one of the clear leaders in materials information technology, and through their platform, for the first time ever engineers will have the ability to compare additive manufacturing data against conventional manufacturing data.”

For more information, visit: www.grantadesign.com/solutions/am

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 17:02

Granta Announces Free Webinar Schedule

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Granta Design announced guest speakers and topics for a wide-ranging series of web seminars related to materials information for engineering enterprises and university-level educators. Webinars over the next two months will offer insights into how enterprises can better manage and use vital materials information, and provide inspirational ideas to enhance the teaching of materials in the engineering curriculum.

Join Boeing and Granta on May 24 for ‘Experiences in restricted substance risk management’, and find out how manufacturing enterprises are meeting the challenges posed by restricted substances at every level, from executives concerned with corporate liability, to engineers making practical materials choices.

On May 31, Senvol will speak on ‘Selecting and comparing industrial Additive Manufacturing Machines & Materials with Senvol Database’ – the database is the first and most comprehensive for industrial additive manufacturing machines and materials, and will be available through Granta software. Guest speakers from Matériautech Network (from France), Force Technology (from Denmark), and Continuum Blue (from UK) will join us for other webinars.

Materials educators can discover how to teach transferable skills that will be useful in industry, such as how to select the most suitable manufacturing process. This is highly dependent on the materials choice, economics, the quality you want to achieve, and what the process does, and these key factors will all be explored in the ‘Streamlined Process Selection Case Studies’ webinar on May 19.

The webinars in English, French and German, provide an accessible forum to learn from Granta experts and other leaders in the field, and they include an interactive Q&A session.

The full webinar program is:

  • Apr 28, Estimating part cost and predicting properties of hybrid materials (for Materials Educators)
  • May 4, Appréhender et maîtriser le Multi-Sourcing matériaux – avec un représantant de Matériautech Network (French language)
  • May 11, Werkstoffinformationen, CAE-Anwendungen und Prozesse unterstützen (German language)
  • May 18, Minimizing risk when selecting or changing materials – with guest speaker from Continuum Blue
  • May 19, Verbesserung der Produkt-Profitabilität durch Werkstoffsubstitution (German language)
  • May 19, Streamlined Process Selection Case Studies (for Materials Educators)
  • May 24, Experiences in restricted substance risk management – with guest speaker from Boeing
  • May 31, Selecting and comparing industrial Additive Manufacturing Machines & Materials with Senvol Database – with guest speaker from Senvol
  • June 2, Materials data at your fingertips
  • June 2, Introduction to Materials – Service Teaching (for Materials Educators)
  • June 8, Bio-based materials and composites – with guest speaker from Force Technology
  • June 16, Material Intelligence for PLM and CAD


For more information, visit: www.grantadesign.com/events/index.htm

Granta Design announced GRANTA MI™ Version 8.1, the latest release of the leading software for managing complex, valuable, strategic materials knowledge in engineering enterprises. Version 8.1 builds on the many developments released just five months ago in Version 8.0. New features range from easy web app control over user groups to support for workflows, such as composite qualification. Enhancements meet practical requirements identified by the world-leading engineering organizations that use GRANTA MI.  Granta is now delivering more frequent upgrades and updates containing significant new features, enabling faster response to customer requirements as use of the system evolves.

GRANTA MI enables an enterprise to manage all of its materials data (e.g., from testing, research, QA, or design), all inter-relationships between that data, and any supporting information. Users can access and use this knowledge-base wherever it is needed. A key feature is access control for different user groups, so that design teams only see data relevant to specifying materials in design, or project data remains within organizational boundaries. This protects IP, ensures regulatory compliance, and improves usability. Managing access for enterprise databases is often difficult, requiring expensive help from corporate IT services. But now, a new User Manager web app makes it quick and easy for any assigned administrator to add users to GRANTA MI and move them between groups and roles. Now, every team member sees the right data, with minimum admin effort.

It’s also easier to get data into a GRANTA MI database. The MI:Explore web app interface now supports upload and editing of data, including simple drag-and-drop for images. More users can contribute data and more data entry workflows can be supported. For example, test engineers can be presented with a simple form to enter results, with controls such as mandatory or locked fields. A new 'multi-step' importer capability also makes it much easier to get complex data into the system.

New zoom-in on images and reading off the coordinates of points with 'cross hairs' are particularly useful when interpreting phase diagrams (including ternary diagrams) stored in GRANTA MI.

GRANTA MI Version 8.1 also incorporates recently-announced tools and data structures for both composite qualification and managing data relating to additive manufacturing. Data management and workflows in these important areas are now available to the whole GRANTA MI community.

“Our customers are all companies that take the management of materials knowledge seriously,” says Dr Patrick Coulter, Chief Operating Officer at Granta Design. “This release delivers more of the features they want in order to do their jobs even more effectively. We’re pleased that more frequent releases will mean such developments are made available to customers sooner.”

For more information, visit: www.grantadesign.com/products/mi/index.htm

Granta Design announced the release of GRANTA MI:Additive Manufacturing™, a new software solution to overcome the substantial data challenges of developing additively-manufactured parts. Applying experience from Granta’s involvement in a number of leading Additive Manufacturing projects, MI:Additive Manufacturing incorporates industry best practices in managing vital material and process information in this area. It helps engineering enterprises: protect their investment and intellectual property in Additive Manufacturing research; build an in-depth knowledge-base that is a prerequisite for better understanding Additive Manufacturing processes; significantly reduce time-to-market by avoiding wasted effort and gaining valuable insights; and support the qualification and certification of additively-manufactured parts.

Additive Manufacturing (‘3D Printing’) has huge promise as a technique to make geometrically-complex parts with optimal cost and performance in industries including aerospace, automotive, and medical. Significant investment is being made in research and development programs to realise this potential. But this work generates huge amounts of data about the structure, properties, and processing of the materials involved. Until now, there has been no easy-to-implement system to capture this data and ensure that it is used effectively across the many disciplines involved: materials suppliers, R&D, part design, simulation, and production. MI:Additive Manufacturing provides a single system, based on the industry-leading GRANTA MI™ materials information management software, which captures all relevant data, links it, makes it available to any appropriately-authorized user, and ensures full traceability.

A typical MI:Additive Manufacturing workflow begins with the import of ‘logfiles’ directly from Additive Manufacturing machines. The system automatically stores process parameters, extracts logged data for specific builds, links this information to supplier data on the batches of material used to make a part, and captures testing and inspection results. This data can feed into statistical analyses that determine mechanical properties. Properties can be exported to simulation codes and the results can be captured for use in optimizing part design and production. MI:Additive Manufacturing both improves efficiency for many of the individual tasks in Additive Manufacturing research and supports collaboration, sharing knowledge and increasing effectiveness across a whole research program.

At the heart of MI:Additive Manufacturing is the data structure (or ‘schema’) that defines the types of data to be captured in the system, their inter-relationships, and how they might be processed. This technology, embodying industry best practices, is then combined with the GRANTA MI materials information management tools, which have been proven for the complex management of advanced materials data in dozens of implementations by  leading research, design and engineering enterprises worldwide.

One Additive Manufacturing project in which Granta has participated is AMAZE – a multinational collaboration of 28 corporations and research institutions that is developing rapid production of large defect-free additively-manufactured metallic components. Granta technology captures and securely shares knowledge on materials, processes, and properties. This enables efficient comparison of data, improvement of production knowledge, refinement of processes, integration of simulation activities, and improved coordination of the R&D program. Experience such as this has supported development of the new software package.

“MI:Additive Manufacturing combines our core strength in materials information management with practical knowledge of Additive Manufacturing data gained from our collaborative projects, and work with some of our leading customers”, comments Dr Patrick Coulter, chief operating officer at Granta Design. “The great news is that this will allow us to help many other customers who have expressed an interest in Additive Manufacturing, and have been asking us for a solution to manage their data in this area.”

For more information, visit: www.grantadesign.com/products/mi/am.htm

Granta Design has announced the latest major release of GRANTA MI™, the leading system for materials information management in engineering enterprises. GRANTA MI Version 5 helps engineering enterprises to take control of vital materials information and decisions.

GRANTA MI is developed in collaboration with industry leaders such as Boeing, Emerson Electric, Eurocopter, GE, Honeywell, NASA, Rolls-Royce, and TRW Automotive. In addition to enhancing core materials data management capabilities, this release includes: new software to tackle a key business issue for many manufacturers, materials substitution; new tools to address restricted substance regulations; enhanced support for engineering design software; and information resources covering composites, steels, aero alloys, and plastics.

For materials data management: GRANTA MI Version 5 helps materials and process teams to control and deploy varied business-critical materials information. A typical implementation might house a company's databases for composite and metal test data, its source of approved materials property data for designers, and its library of external reference data. This release includes enhancements to the user experience and database administration that make it more efficient to manage and use multiple databases in a single, central system, while ensuring that individual users can quickly find and view the data that they need.

For materials substitution: The new GRANTA MI:Substitute software helps companies that need to replace existing materials, for example, because of cost, performance, supply chain issues, or changing environmental regulations. Such substitution projects are often costly, disruptive, risky, and difficult to implement. MI:Substitute enables a fast, controlled response, helping engineers to identify candidate replacement materials, and to review and fully understand the implications of substitution, avoiding potential problems.

For restricted substances: GRANTA MI helps aerospace and other businesses to assess and avoid risk due to restricted substance regulations. Companies often have incomplete data on these substances and their use within the organization's products or materials and process specifications. Version 5 makes it possible to report on these specifications in a routine manner, and provides tools that use Granta reference data to enable analysis, even where there are significant gaps in in-house data. This reduces the burden of collecting substance declaration information from supply chain partners. This release also produces reports that support compliance with Article 33 of the European Union's REACH directive.

For engineering design: GRANTA MI can provide approved, up-to-date, accurate materials data in the input formats required by Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) systems. Version 5 also upgrades the GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway technology, which makes it possible to browse, search, and apply managed corporate materials data from directly within CAD or CAE. This saves time and removes the risk of error for design engineers and analysts. New implementations are available for the Pro/ENGINEER® CAD software and the Abaqus®/CAE system.

New data: GRANTA MI also delivers a wide range of new and updated reference data directly to the desktops of materials engineers and designers. This includes: the Firehole Composites data on continuous fiber reinforced polymers; new composite design data from the NCAMP project; new data on automotive steels; MMPDS-05, the latest version of the standard reference for aerospace alloys; the 2010 version of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code materials data; and the latest CAMPUS and IDES plastics data. Granta has extensively reviewed and enhanced data on environmental properties and materials prices.

"Granta works in close collaboration with industry, particularly through our three consortium projects, to ensure that we deliver the new software features and data that our customers need," commented Dr David Cebon, Managing Director at Granta. "GRANTA MI Version 5 shows the benefits of this approach, delivering enhanced solutions for materials data management, decision support, restricted substances, and engineering design software."

For more information, visit: www.grantadesign.com/products/mi

Granta Design today announced the release of Eco Materials Adviser Full Version. This new sustainable design tool can now be purchased online by users of Autodesk Inventor software. It extends the functionality of Eco Materials Adviser Base Version, which is available as standard within Autodesk Inventor 2012.

Eco Materials Adviser enables designers to quickly generate eco impact analyses of their product parts or assemblies as they evolve their designs in Autodesk Inventor. An easy-to-read dashboard display shows key indicators such as CO2 footprint, energy usage, materials cost, water usage, and compatibility with legislation on hazardous substances. Users can interactively explore the sustainability impact of changes in materials choice or the design of their digital prototype.

The new Full Version builds on the capabilities provided in the Base Version by enabling users to study assemblies of any size, to investigate materials options in greater depth using Granta's comprehensive database of around 3,000 materials, and to account for a wider range of contributions to environmental impact. These include finishing processes and the transport and use of the finished product. Users can purchase the Full Version by following in-product links to the product website or by going directly to inventor.grantadesign.com.

The software works by connecting over the Internet to a Cloud-hosted database that provides the necessary materials, process, and environmental data. Access is available by annual subscription. The list price is US$995, but a launch price of US$795 is available until November 30, 2011.

"You can improve what you measure," says Dr Patrick Coulter, chief operating officer at Granta. "Building on our Eco Audit technology, Eco Materials Adviser enables designers to estimate the environmental sustainability of a product while it is still 'on the drawing board'. Designers and engineering teams can then make informed choices. We are delighted to be working with Autodesk to bring these methods directly into 3D design. Eco Materials Adviser Full Version completes the first phase of this work."

"With Eco Materials Adviser, Autodesk Inventor software users can make informed materials choices in the design phase, where it can be most critical," said Carl White, director of digital design product management at Autodesk. "We're pleased to have the Full Version available to help designers create unique products while factoring in the environmental impacts of the materials they use."
Further information

For more information, visit: inventor.grantadesign.com

Granta Design, the leaders in materials information technology, announced new software and data for composite materials at this week’s JEC Composites Show in Paris.  The updated GRANTA MI composite data management solution reduces risk in the engineering process and maximizes returns from composite knowledge. New tools in the CES Selector software help composite users to choose the right materials and support composite producers in developing and marketing their product lines.

The new GRANTA MI:Composites Package brings together the tools for best-practice composite data management in research, testing, QA, and design. The data needed to characterize composites can be captured, automatically linked to related data, and easily tracked, accessed, and applied. Alongside in-house data, users can access composite reference data from the respected AGATE, NCAMP, and CMH-17 projects. The results are: substantial time savings for materials engineers, who no longer need to hunt for data or repeat tests; more effective use of corporate knowledge; and less risk through the use of accurate, up-to-date data in design.

The CES Selector software offers a new Hybrid Synthesizer tool, which predicts the properties of sandwich panels, foams, lattices, and composites. Clear graphical property maps make it easy to compare these materials with other options. So designers can investigate the benefits of hybrid structures, focusing development of lightweight products on the most productive routes. Materials producers can compare their current or potential materials with the wider materials market. This guides materials development and helps technical marketing teams to communicate the benefits of their products.

This full range of software for composites will be demonstrated at a series of web seminars during April.

“The JEC Composites Show is always a great opportunity to meet with some of our many friends in the composite community,” said Dr. Patrick Coulter, chief operating officer at Granta Design. “We’re pleased that, as in previous years, we are able to demonstrate enhancements to our support for both composite users and producers, developed in collaboration with our composite-focused customers.”

Composite materials are important across sectors including aerospace, wind power, automotive, marine, construction, and sports equipment. Through novel material combinations and structures, composites can provide enhanced materials performance – for example, combining strength with low weight. But engineers must navigate a complicated range of materials options in order to find suitable composites. And, because performance is very dependent on factors such as processing and component geometry, these materials require rigorous testing and validation. This creates a need to capture and analyze large amounts of specialist inter-related data. Granta software helps engineers to manage this data and use it in making more effective decisions relating to composites.

For more information visit: www.grantadesign.com

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Granta Design announced that Autodesk, Inc. has introduced a new tool for sustainable design within Autodesk Inventor 2012 software, called Eco Materials Adviser, the result of a strategic partnership between Granta and Autodesk. Eco Materials Adviser will help designers to estimate a product’s environmental impact and to make more sustainable design decisions.

Using Eco Materials Adviser, a designer can quickly generate an eco impact analysis for a product part or assembly within Autodesk Inventor software. An easy-to-read dashboard display shows key indicators such as energy usage, CO2 footprint, water usage, and materials cost. The user can interactively explore the effect of changes in the materials choice or design of their digital prototype. The tool is powered by Granta’s expert materials database and proven sustainable design methodology. With Eco Materials Adviser, designers and engineers can:

Address environmental requirements early in the design process - when changes matter most and cost least
Access a practical eco design tool that does not require the user to develop expertise in sustainability, or to hunt for the right eco data
Design more sustainable, cost-effective, and durable products
Clearly communicate the benefits of enhanced materials selections

An introductory version of Eco Materials Adviser is available to Autodesk Inventor users as part of the 2012 Manufacturing Software Portfolio release, announced by Autodesk on March 22, 2012.

"Autodesk is committed to providing the best 3D design and engineering software to address the world’s environmental challenges, making sustainable design easy and accessible for manufacturers and designers," said Robert 'Buzz' Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk.  "Through the Eco Materials Adviser and our partnership with Granta, we are helping make environmentally preferred material selections a reality for enterprises of all sizes."

"It’s very exciting to see Granta’s eco design technology applied through an easy-to-use tool and fully integrated into a CAD environment," said Dr. Patrick Coulter, chief operating officer at Granta Design. "Granta is delivering practical tools that embed eco design into routine engineering and design workflows."

For more information visit: http://resources.inventor.gateway.grantadesign.com

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