Minimize Cost

CES Selector compares the cost, performance and environmental impact of all classes of engineering materials so that the optimum selection can be made early in the design process.

  • Save time and resources by focusing on the lowest cost solutions in early-stage conceptual design, when materials and design details have not yet been defined
  • Identify cost-performance trade-offs between competing materials solutions by using charts and graphs for easy comparison
  • Use the Part Cost Estimator to compare the costs of different material and process options; account for material, shaping processes, batch size, and manufacturing waste

How does CES Selector help?

Example materials property data Apply unique'cost per unit of function' capabilities to identify the material representing the best trade-offs between cost and performance for your specific engineering application.
Search function in CES Selector Optimize early-stage design by using the Part Cost Estimator—take account of materials and shaping processes, part cost and complexity.
Example materials property data Find and apply relative price data for the complete range of engineering materials, enabling you to focus studies on those options likeliest to be cost-effective.
Materials property chart Gain confidence and present results with highly visual property charts to help understanding and communication of material choices.

Graphical selection methods helped Tecumseh save 2 million eurosCase studies

Tecumseh ventilation unit—cost saving through substitution

Air conditioning company Tecumseh reduced the cost of a ventilation unit by replacing a metal with a plastic. This graph shows how they compared different plastic options. With over 2 million units made every year, savings were substantial.


Image from David Villareal Fernandez. Creative Commons license cost estimation for an automotive door panel

In this case study, Granta has investigated the impact of material choice on part cost for lightweighting an automotive exterior door panel. Inspired by the plastic panels in the Smart ForTwo car, we studied the suitability of this class of material as a replacement for steel.


Comparing a new composite material with the performance of other composites, plastics, and metals Further information: Part Cost Estimator

The Part Cost Estimator is a tool developed through industry collaboration that enables you to save time and resources by focusing on the lowest cost solutions in early stage conceptual design. Project participants included Solvay, Hutchinson, and Constellium.