Material Selection

CES Selector provides a suite of software tools and materials property data to support systematic materials selection. CES Selector lets you combine consideration of engineering, economic, and environmental properties.

  • Get materials choices right first time during early-stage product development, avoiding later costs and delays
  • Gain confidence in your decisions and generate new ideas through a systematic, exhaustive search of materials options
  • Apply an auditable, repeatable process, so you can validate results and ensure consistency across engineering teams
  • Consider engineering performance alongside factors such as cost, restricted substance risk, and eco impact

How does CES Selector help?

Follow the Selection project wizard for a systematic method A simple 'wizard style' user interface guides you through a systematic rational selection process, making it quick to apply the methods pioneered by Granta founder Professor Mike Ashby.
Exploring a trade-off for an automotive application Graphical tools to make and present decisions. Explore materials space, focus on likely candidates, study trade-offs between cost, engineering performance, and eco behavior.
CES Selector provides the data you need for materials selection Comprehensive, comparable data on metals, plastics, composites, and more: ensure an exhaustive and accurate evaluation of all materials options.
Data listing 
Tools to compute performance per unit of function for your application Structured, repeatable methods to ensure you make the right materials choice for your application, e.g., to optimize performance per unit of function, and to minimize the cost.

Further information

Rational Selection in CES SelectorCase studies

Engineering enterprises have used CES Selector to save time, uncover materials options that might have been missed, and avoid risk when making material selection decisions. For example, it helped refrigeration equipment maker Tecumseh save 2 million Euros.

Read CES Selector case studies 

Systematic materials selection

CES Selector provides tools to support a unique selection methodology developed by Professor Mike Ashby and colleagues at the University of Cambridge. The method is the industry-standard approach to systematic materials selection. The CES Selector software makes it fast and easy to apply these concepts to practical problem. Training is also available to help you get up-to-speed quickly.

Some key selection concepts and further reading