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Spring 2015

Additive Manufacturing

New Additive Manufacturing Solutions

Additive Manufacturing ('3D printing') research projects generate large volumes of data, and need to apply that data across many disciplines: the supply chain, R&D, part design, simulation, and production. How can we capture, manage, and make best use of this data? Granta has applied experience gained through a series of major collaborative projects in this area to develop a new software package that manages materials information for Additive Manufacturing. The GRANTA MI:Additive Manufacturing package will be available in the next month, helping engineering enterprises to: protect investments and IP in Additive Manufacturing research; build the knowledge base required to enable better understanding of Additive Manufacturing processes; and support qualification and certification of parts.

Find out more about GRANTA MI:Additive Manufacturing >

Join our Additive Manufacturing webinar on March 12 >

Meet Granta at an upcoming Additive Manufacturing event


Also in this issue


Automotive News and Events



New GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway released



MDMC reaches milestone with 25th meeting



New EMIT chairperson announced



Product Intelligence Highlights: Resource workshop, Webinar



Materials Selection and Substitution webinars



Composite solutions at JEC 2015



ASM Medical Materials database updated



New Support Website



Upcoming events

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Later this month we'll be visiting Las Vegas for the 3D Printing Conference, as well as attending the Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace & Defense event in London. Then in March we're in Lyon, France, for the Business Convention for Additive Manufacturing Prototyping and Product Development. If you're attending one of these events and would be interested in meeting with Granta, don't hesitate to contact us.

View the full list of upcoming events >

2. Automotive News and Events

PSA Peugeot Citroën selects GRANTA MI

PSA Peugeot Citroën

Major global automotive OEM PSA Peugeot Citroën has selected the GRANTA MI system for materials information management and simulation support. The decision to select GRANTA MI is part of a project to replace legacy systems for materials information at PSA Peugeot Citroën and to extend the benefits of managing this vital engineering data to more groups within the company. A key focus will be on delivering reliable, traceable materials data for input to simulation and analysis.

Louis David, Materials Chief Expert at PSA Peugeot Citroën, commented, “With a proven solution, plus the track-record and services to support a fast deployment, Granta was able to meet our short-term needs, especially for the data required for modeling. Granta also offers technology, tools, and an open approach that can support future extension of the project.”

Read the full news announcement >

Granta at SAE World Congress: AutoMatIC Consortium Event


To coincide with the SAE World Congress in Detroit, April 21-23, Granta are hosting a drinks reception event on Wednesday, April 22, giving you a chance to find out more about the work of the Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium (AutoMatIC). Members of the project will be in town for its second scheduled meeting, hosted by General Motors. The Consortium, with members including General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, KSPG AG, and PSA Peugeot Citroën, was formed in 2014 with the focus of developing best practice for materials information management in the Automotive and Off-Highway Vehicle sectors.

If you would be interested in attending the event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, follow the link below.

Register your interest in attending the event >

3. GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway 3.0 Released

Providing fast, easy access to materials data in CAD, CAE, and PLM systems

This month marks the release of GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway 3.0, the third generation solution for accessing managed materials data within Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE), and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems. The new release brings enhanced usability and interoperability, helping engineers reduce the time spent looking for information while ensuring accuracy and consistency.   MI:Materials Gateway 3.0

New features include:

  • Support for the latest host systems, including Abaqus® 6.14, HyperMesh® 13, and ANSYS® 16.
  • Faster, more intuitive operation with the ability to copy, paste, undo, and redo material and process assignments, including support for familiar keyboard shortcuts.
  • Highlight product risk early in the design phase through integration with MI:Product Intelligence, enabling risk reports to be run directly within CAD or PLM.
  • And more... follow the link below for the full press release.

Read the full MI:Materials Gateway press release online >

4. Honeywell Aerospace hosts landmark 25th MDMC meeting


The Materials Data Management Consortium (MDMC) reached a major milestone in January with its 25th meeting, hosted by Honeywell in Tempe, AZ. Members from some of the world's largest aerospace and defense companies, including Airbus Helicopters, Boeing, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney, and Rolls-Royce, discussed materials information challenges including user management, data analysis, and workflow and automation. The latest software developments from Granta were demonstrated, including the newly-released GRANTA MI Version 8 and the new MI:Explore web app for easy access to materials information. Particular areas of interest included the new MI:Additive Manufacturing template, to which a number of MDMC members have contributed, and the exciting potential of web apps that will be made possible by Granta’s new Web Platform SDK.

Find out more about the MDMC >

5. Pratt and Whitney's Erin Yaeger named new EMIT chair

Environmental Materials Information Management Consortium to meet next in April

The EMIT Consortium recently announced that Erin Yaeger, Sustainable Development Manager at Pratt and Whitney, will chair the project for 2015, replacing outgoing chair Peter Mezey of Boeing. The next scheduled meeting is in April, in Derby, UK, hosted by Rolls-Royce. The meeting will continue the Consortium’s second phase, with key areas of focus including the avoidance of restricted substances risk and eco design.   EMIT

“It is a great pleasure to take on the role of EMIT chair,” commented Erin Yaeger. “The EMIT Consortium can help members to take real, practical steps towards developing tools and data that support compliance and reduce business risk. I look forward to working with the other members to meet the objectives of Phase II.”

Read more about the announcement online >

6. Product Risk, Resource Efficiency, and the Circular Economy

Product Intelligence

Granta Design and The Ellen MacArthur Foundation Workshop and Webinar

Minimizing product risk (e.g., relating to materials supply, price volatility, environmental impact, or human health) is increasingly important for manufacturing businesses. So is increased resource efficiency. Transitioning to more circular models of business is one way to achieve these goals. But how do we consider these factors in real-world product development, constrained by time, cost, and performance?

This challenge has been the focus of a collaborative project coordinated by Circular Economy specialists, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in which Granta has participated. The project, which is now nearing its end, has been developing a practical indicator for measuring the ‘circularity’ of product concepts during design. The indicator will be integrated into the GRANTA MI:Product Intelligence software, which enables designers and engineers to quickly generate a variety of risk indicators for ‘Bills of Materials’ that describe products or product designs. The aim is to guide practical decision-making, for example, about material choices. Granta and The Ellen MacArthur Foundation will be presenting this work, including practical case studies, in a workshop at the upcoming Resource Event in London, and at a webinar next month.

Workshop at the Resource conference (March 5) >

Register for the webinar (March 19) >

7. Materials Selection and Substitution

CES Selector for Metals and Plastics, and local language webinars

Using CES Selector to minimize the risks associated with materials selection and substitution is the topic of two upcoming webinars this month, on Tues, Feb 17 and Tues, Feb 24, focused on plastics and metals respectively. We'll be looking at how CES Selector's tools can identify a suitable material for a particular application or substitution, and how to highlight property differences between your new and existing material which may impact suitability.

If you are interested in joining us at one of these webinars, follow the links below to register online.
  CES Selector

Register for the Plastics CES Selector webinar (Feb 17) >

Register for the Metals CES Selector webinar (Feb 24) >

Next CES Selector Training: Adding new data for materials comparison

The next installment of our bi-monthly training for CES Selector customers will be on Tuesday, March 3, where we'll be looking at how to add your own in-house or custom materials data, and compare this with existing materials in the database. If you are not already registered for the series, sign up below.

Sign up for CES Selector bi-monthly training >

8. Talking composites at JEC 2015


We're looking forward to this year's JEC Europe (Paris, March 10-12), where we'll be demonstrating the latest technology and industry best practices for composites information management, including:

  • New tools for supporting composites qualification (e.g., managing test programs, and generating test reports and design data for downstream engineering)
  • Supporting composites QA test programs
  • Managing and generating composites data for simulation

We'll also be discussing the latest results from our recently announced partnership with the National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP), the leading provider of comprehensive composites design and test data.

Find out more about Granta's solutions for composites >

9. Surgical Module latest addition to ASM Medical Materials Database

Offering expanded coverage of high-quality medical materials data

In December, Granta and ASM International, the world's largest professional society for materials engineering, announced the addition of a new Surgical Module to the ASM Medical Materials Database, an extensive database of over 30,000 medical devices and the materials they contain, together with compatible coatings, drugs, adhesives, and processes.   ASM International

The new module extends coverage to diagnostic, prosthetic, surgical, and therapeutic general and plastic surgery devices. The data is available either over the internet, or can be loaded into GRANTA MI, where it can be stored alongside a company's own data, providing a controlled source of easily comparable and accessible materials data.

Read the full Surgical Module press release >

10. New Granta Support Site

Easier access to more documentation, updates, and advice

We are pleased to announce that our new Support website has just gone live. The site offers improved access to more resources, including the latest updates, release notes, documentation, hints and tips, and more.

Please note: some new GRANTA MI content requires a login. The login details are the same as for your GRANTA MI download site - ask your GRANTA MI administrator for details.
  Support Site

Explore the new Granta Support Site >

11. Upcoming events

Meet us at this Spring's events, conferences, and workshops:


17         Reducing risk in materials selection and substitution: plastics (webinar)

17-19   3D Printing Conference, Las Vegas, NV, USA

17-19   Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace and Defense, London, UK

24         Reducing risk in materials selection and substitution: metals (webinar)


3-4        Additive Manufacturing, Prototyping and Product Development, Lyon, France

3-5        D-A-CH User Group Meeting and Open Seminar, Munich, Germany

3-5        Resource (with Ellen MacArthur Foundation), London, UK

10-12   JEC Composites Europe, Paris, France

12         Materials Information Management for Additive Manufacturing (webinar)

15-19   TMS Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, USA

17-18   French User Group Meeting and Open Seminar, Paris, France

19         Product Risk and the Circular Economy in Product Design (webinar)

26-27   6th North American Materials Education Symposium, Ohio, USA

26-27   Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Initiative Summit, Berlin, Germany


7-10     7th International Materials Education Symposium, Cambridge, UK

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


5-7        Altair Technology Conference, Dearborn, MI, USA

11-14   AeroMat, Long Beach, CA, USA

18-21   Siemens PLM Connection, Dallas, TX, USA

19-21   SIMULIA Community Conference, Berlin, Germany

See the full list of upcoming events and seminars >

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