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Key benefits

Create a single, consistent source for corporate materials data

Save time and avoid error with fast, easy access in CAD, CAE, or PLM

Get the right data on assignment, e.g., to enable simulations or generate drawings

Analyze where materials are used in products to prioritize work and support impact analyses

Make it easy to update materials, with common assignment and reporting across CAD and PLM

Avoid delays and inconsistencies by linking the material datasets used in CAD and CAE

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GRANTA MI:Product Engineering Package

The GRANTA MI:Product Engineering Package integrates a single, centrally managed and approved source of materials data into the product design and development process. Materials are referenced throughout the product lifecycle, e.g., within CAD, PLM, and CAE tools. These references can come from many different sources, risking inconsistencies and making change control difficult. With GRANTA MI you can ensure consistency and control. From initial assignment, using our apps with CAD or PLM, to choosing full material models for CAE, you access the right data, fast, and can be confident that it is always traceable to its source.

GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway for CAD.  Search and browse your corporate materials database (and/or Granta-supplied reference information), assign your selected materials to your model, and explore the design implications.

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PDF Download the MI:Product Engineering Product Overview 

PDF Case study web seminar report: General Motors and Molex 

PDF Case study: Lockheed Martin 

Download the white paper: 'Material Intelligence for Enterprise CAD and PLM' 


Accessing materials data within PLM using the
MI:Materials Gateway app.

MI:Materials Gateway for Abaqus/CAE

Using a Granta app to query the PLM system, asking
where a specified set of materials are used.


How MI:Product Engineering helps


Key Features
Problems Solved
GRANTA MI creates a single, enterprise-wide source for materials information and enables release of controlled preferred materials lists to designers. This can include your proprietary data or data from Granta's unique library of quality materials refefence data. Consistent values for properties including density are used everywhere in the organization.


Without a controlled list of materials in CAD, weight rollup is either not possible or unreliable. This can cause delays later on.

Using the MI:Materials Gateway app, designers can directly access and choose from approved material lists within CAD; the right specifications and IDs are pushed to drawings based on assignments.

Designers assign incorrect or inappropriate specifications. Time-consuming manual processes are then required to correct the Bill of Materials.

The GRANTA MI database and CAD assignment process can be configured to provide the data required for early stage simulation.

CAD libraries don't contain good data for early stage simulation, causing delays or use of the wrong data.

CAD and PLM use a single source of materials data. Assignments can be made within either environment and synced to the other. Reporting can be run in CAD or PLM.

Different material datasets are available within CAD and PLM, leading to possible mismatches and requiring extra release processes to validate the data.

Material items are created within PLM, enabling "where used" queries to be run across the product portfolio.

The PLM system does not represent materials effectively, limiting use of materials information across the product portfolio.

Material and model assignments in CAD and CAE can be linked: assigning a material in CAD ensures the right models are chosen in subsequent CAE. BoM transfer technology allows materials to be quickly re-applied in CAE.

CAD and CAE users work from different material datasets, making CAD-to-CAE transfer of geometry and materials a long, error-prone process.


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