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.
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.
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, 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.
4. CAE, CAD, and PLM
MI:Materials Gateway 3.1 to enhance CAD/CAE interoperability
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.
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'.
5. CES Selector web seminars
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.
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.
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 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).
Are you a CES EduPack alumnus?
Granta'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.
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:
||CES Selector training: When to use performance indices in the selection of materials
||GRANTA MI training: Getting the most from MI:Explore
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.
10. Upcoming events
Meet us at these events, conferences, and workshops:
||EMIT Consortium Meeting, Derby, UK
||SAE World Congress and Exhibition, Detroit, MI, USA
||AutoMatIC Consortium Meeting, Detroit, MI, USA
||COE Annual PLM Conference, Charleston, SC, USA
||Materials Week, Madrid, Spain
||CE 100 Workshop, Copenhagen, Denmark
||Global Automotive Lightweight Materials, London, UK
||Altair Technology Conference, Dearborn, MI, USA
||AeroMat, Long Beach, CA, USA
||Siemens PLM Connection Americas, Dallas, TX, USA
||SIMULIA Community Conference, Berlin, Germany