Materials Development

CES Selector is used by materials producers to support product development and in technical marketing.

  • Analyze the materials market to find gaps that could be filled by new materials solutions, or new applications for current materials
  • Communicate the advantages of your materials for specific applications with clear, compelling materials property charts
  • Save time and money by exploring potential new materials solutions before costly development and testing

How does CES Selector help?

Plotting materials property space
Analyze materials space—CES Selector provides the data and tools you need to plot and explore all of materials property space, helping you to identify opportunities for your materials.
Comparison tables help you to quickly compare materials options and highlight problems
Add your own materials data, enabling fast comparison of materials ideas with current engineering materials. Explore concepts before costly development and testing.
MaterialUniverse data
Data for the full range of materials— study metals, plastics, composites, and more. Ensure you are comparing your materials with all possible alternatives.
Data listing 
Materials property chart
Gain confidence and present results with a structured, systematic method, and highly visual property charts to help understanding and communication of material choices.

New in CES Selector 2017

  • Number of ‘User defined records’ increased to 100—add more of your materials for comparison on property charts
  • Add curve and arrow annotations to charts—highlight trends and show how your materials outperform the competition
  • Price per unit volume added—particularly relevant material replacement projects where the design is fixed
  • CNC machining added to the Part Cost Estimator—consider the contribution of machining part costs
  • Latest data on metals (MMPDS-10, StahlDat SX, SteelSpec, ASME BPVCIID) and polymers (Prospector Plastics,CAMPUS and M-Base Plastics)


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

Case studies and projects

The Part Cost Estimator was developed in a collaborative project including Solvay, Hutchinson, and Constellium.


Ludo Aerts from Dow Benelux N.V commented: "We use the graphical capability of Granta's system and the Performance Index methodology to prove, in a quantifiable fashion, the benefits of polymers over traditional material choices."

More CES Selector case studies 

See also: How CES Selector helps with lightweighting for hybrid materials