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April 2015

Granta Design announces a new solution for composite qualification

1. New solution for composite qualification

An updated software solution and a new service is now available from Granta Design to support a rigorous, auditable composite qualification process. This is particularly useful where data traceability is important for regulatory and other purposes. New software tools for capturing, processing, and reporting on composite data have been added to the GRANTA MI:Composites software package. These were first demonstrated at last month's JEC Europe Show.

A new Granta service helps companies configure and deploy this technology to support their qualification workflows, e.g., for test requests, test matrix generation, capture of composites data, analysis, and management reporting.

Find out more about GRANTA MI:Composites >

View a recording of our composite qualification webinar >


Also in this issue


Automotive events in Detroit next week



GRANTA MI Version 8.1 gets serious about materials knowledge



CAE, CAD, and PLM—new tools; upcoming events



CES Selector web seminars



Strong Additive Manufacturing interest



Granta is a Gartner 'cool vendor'; press round-up



Materials Education and CES EduPack alumni



Training and this edition's video tip



Upcoming events

View a recorded web seminar

2. Automotive events in Detroit next week

Join us at SAE World Congress


Granta will be at SAE World Congress in Detroit next week (Apr 21-23), exhibiting on Booth 220 and speaking in the scientific program. We're also hosting a drinks reception.

We'll be discussing the fast-growing interest in materials information management for the Automotive sector, as reflected in the work of the AutoMatIC Consortium. Composites and data for simulation are particular hot topics. Granta's Dan Williams is talking on "Collaborative approaches in automotive and aerospace to develop a formal structure for the management and analysis of composite modeling and characterization data" (1pm, Tues April 21, Room 415A). If you're attending SAE, do visit the booth or attend our talk. The reception is open to anyone with an interest in managing materials information within their enterprises.

Register your interest in attending the drinks reception >

AutoMatIC Consortium holds second meeting

The Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium (AutoMatIC) will hold its second meeting, hosted by General Motors, in Detroit next week, after SAE World Congress. The Consortium, with members including GM, Honeywell Turbo Technologies, Jaguar Land Rover, KSPG AG, and PSA Peugeot Citroën, develops best practice for materials information management in the Automotive and Off-Highway Vehicle sectors.

Read more on the Consortium >

3. GRANTA MI Version 8.1 gets serious about materials knowledge

New apps and tools help users add data, manage user roles

GRANTA MI Version 8.1

GRANTA MI Version 8.1, released this month, builds on the many developments released just five months ago in Version 8.0. It delivers on key practical requirements for managing complex, valuable materials knowledge, as identified by the world-leading engineering organizations that use GRANTA MI. New features include:

  • A web app making it quick and easy for anyone assigned as an administrator to add users to the system and move them between different groups and roles (e.g., including them in project teams). Ensure that every team member sees data appropriate to their role, with no need for IT support.
  • Updates to the recently-released MI:Explore web app making it even simpler for any authorized user to add data to a GRANTA MI database, including simple drag-and-drop for images.
  • A new 'multi-step' importer, ideal for getting complex data into the system.
  • Zoom-in and read off coordinates on images—particularly useful for interpreting phase diagrams.

Read more on GRANTA MI Version 8.1 >

4. CAE, CAD, and PLM

MI:Materials Gateway 3.1 to enhance CAD/CAE interoperability

GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway

GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway is the integrated application that enables users of CAD, CAE, and PLM software to access and apply materials data. The recent Version 3.0 added interoperability with the GRANTA MI:BoM Analyzer web app which, for example, enables materials assigned in a CAD assembly to be shared with a supplier or materials specialist who has no access to the CAD system.

The upcoming MI:Materials Gateway 3.1 will provide further interoperability—this time, between materials assigned in CAD models and the associated CAE materials models for simulation. Users of supported CAE systems (ANSYS, Abaqus/CAE, HyperMesh, NX CAE) will be able to read Granta-assigned BoM information from CAD, enabling simulation engineers to:

  • Use these materials directly in their CAE model (a major time-saving).
  • Access further information on these materials (e.g., full property datasheets, compatible surface treatments, or data updates) via a live link to the GRANTA MI database.
  • Have common materials naming, reference to specifications, and traceability with CAD colleagues.

Read more on MI:Materials Gateway >

Collaboration a focus of upcoming CAE, CAD, and PLM events

Providing materials property data and tools within CAE, CAD, and PLM systems is a collaborative effort. It requires Granta to work closely with the providers of these systems so that customers get the benefits of the best materials information resources, seamlessly integrated with their choice of engineering software. This collaboration is the focus of presentations at a series of upcoming events hosted by our technology partners.

  • COE Annual PLM Conference (April 26-29, Charleston, SC), where we will be showing materials support for CATIA and Abaqus/CAE.
  • Altair Technology Conference (May 5-7, Dearborn, MI), where we will be presenting the new GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway for HyperMesh.
  • Siemens PLM Connection Americas (May 19-21, Dallas, TX), at which Granta and Siemens PLM will present a joint talk on providing an end-to-end solution: 'Achieve Material Intelligence with Teamcenter & Granta Design'.
  • SIMULIA Community Conference (May 19-21, Berlin, Germany) for a demonstration of integration with Abaqus/CAE and to hear how our partners at 4A Engineering GmbH apply Granta technology.
  • PTC Live Global (Jun 21-23, Nashville, TN) for the latest on Creo and Windchill integration.
  • NAFEMS World Congress (Jun 21-25, San Diego, CA), at which Granta's Dr Arthur Fairfull will be presenting on 'Optimizing materials data and data-modeling workflow, in support of CAE and SPDM'.

Full listing of all upcoming events >

5. CES Selector web seminars

Plotting composite data in CES Selector

Web seminars over the next 3 months will cover the use of the CES Selector software to assist with materials decision-making for some important industrial applications. Join us to see practical case studies and learn how CES Selector can help you to: find, plot, and compare materials data; select the right material; identify and screen potential substitutes; and present your conclusions in a clear and compelling manner.

  Apr 22 Reducing risks for composite selection
  May 6 Lightweighting through selection of materials
  May 26 Identifying uses and markets for materials
  Jun 16 Reducing environmental impact in the early stages of design

Listing of all web seminars and events >

6. Additive Manufacturing solution sparks strong interest

The last Granta Material News announced Granta's new solution for managing the materials and process information required for the effective development and production of additively-manufactured parts. A pair of web seminars on this topic last month was very well-attended, and there has been substantial interest in the GRANTA MI:Additive Manufacturing package. It's clear that many organizations are developing projects in this area, or are considering such projects, and that managing the resulting information is identified as a key challenge. If you're interested, you may want to read more, or watch a recording of one of the web seminars.

Read more about MI:Additive Manufacturing >

Watch a recording of the web seminar >

7. Granta is a 'Gartner cool vendor' and other press coverage

The following recent articles may be of interest to readers of Granta Material News:

  • Granta is evaluated as one of Gartner's Cool Vendors in Product Design and Life Cycle Management for this year. The report is available to Gartner subscribers (Gartner, Cool Vendors in Product Design and Life Cycle Management, 2015, Marc Halpern, Janet Suleski, Rick Franzosa, 08 April 2015).
  • Desktop Engineering covered the AutoMatIC Consortium, interviewing Mark Blagdon from Jaguar Land Rover, and Granta's Dan Williams. Read the article >
  • Granta's Dr Will Marsden was interviewed by Engineering Materials magazine on the topic of qualifying new materials for aerospace. Read the article (page 32) >
  • Automotive Design and Production discussed materials selection. Read the article >

8. Materials Education and CES EduPack alumni

Materials Education SymposiaMaterials Education Symposia

Last week saw the second of two fascinating conferences on materials education, with over 100 materials education professionals gathered in Cambridge for the 7th International Materials Education Symposium. This event followed the 6th North American Materials Education Symposium at The Ohio State University in March. These conferences, co-ordinated by Granta, are unique in being entirely focused on the teaching of materials across the engineering, science, and design curricula. This year's events saw some great talks, ranging from how building a bloomery, a 3,000 year-old technology for iron extraction, helps students get to grips with metallurgy (a talk from the University of Mons, Belgium), to how the Materials Genome Initiative could shape the future of materials education (a talk from Dr Cyrus Wadia, former Assistant Director for Clean Energy and Materials R&D at the White House). We'll be posting full reports on the event website soon - or get notified by following us on Twitter (@GrantaDesign).

Visit the Symposia website  >

Are you a CES EduPack alumnus?

LinkedIn logoGranta's CES EduPack is used to teach materials science and engineering at over 1,000 universities and colleges. It includes materials property databases, a version of Granta's materials charting and selection software, and comprehensive teaching resources created by Professor Mike Ashby, the team at Granta Design, and many academic collaborators. If you used CES EduPack in your university education, why not sign up for our brand new CES EduPack Alumni Group on LinkedIn? This will be a great place to connect to engineers with a similar professional background and keep an eye on job postings, news about materials selection in industry, and more.

Join the CES EduPack Alumni Group on LinkedIn >

9. Training and video tip

Upcoming CES Selector and GRANTA MI training

Licensed users of the CES Selector and GRANTA MI software are welcome to join the free, bi-monthly online training sessions, held on the first Tuesday of each month. The next sessions are:

  May 5 CES Selector training: When to use performance indices in the selection of materials
  Jun 2 GRANTA MI training: Getting the most from MI:Explore

Sign up for CES Selector training >

Sign up for GRANTA MI training >

Video tip—adding materials data to CES Selector

In each Granta Material News we link to information that helps users to get more from Granta software. Here, watch an excerpt from a recent CES Selector training session that shows one way to add data to CES Selector, enabling comparison of new materials options with MaterialUniverse. 

  Watch the video tips...  

Watch the video >

10. Upcoming events

Meet us at these events, conferences, and workshops:


  20-22 EMIT Consortium Meeting, Derby, UK
  21-23 SAE World Congress and Exhibition, Detroit, MI, USA
  23-24 AutoMatIC Consortium Meeting, Detroit, MI, USA
  26-29 COE Annual PLM Conference, Charleston, SC, USA
  28-30 Materials Week, Madrid, Spain
  29 CE 100 Workshop, Copenhagen, Denmark
  29-30 Global Automotive Lightweight Materials, London, UK


  5-7 Altair Technology Conference, Dearborn, MI, USA
  11-14 AeroMat, Long Beach, CA, USA
  18-21 Siemens PLM Connection Americas, Dallas, TX, USA
  19-21 SIMULIA Community Conference, Berlin, Germany


  21-23 PTC Live Global, Nashville, TN, USA
  21-24 NAFEMS World Congress, San Diego, CA, USA
  25 CE100 Annual Summit, London, UK

See the full list of upcoming events and seminars >

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