Solving real-life engineering problemsCES Selector 2016

CES Selector 2016 for lower-cost,
better-performing products

A novel cost modeling tool in CES Selector™ 2016 helps you to focus product development efforts on lower cost routes. At the same time, you’ll find it easier to optimize product performance through features such as consideration of shape during material selection, and data covering new materials options.

This new release offers: a new part cost estimator for estimating the cost of a material and process chain, allowing for the material and up to two shaping processes; an enhanced Performance Index Finder to include situations where cross-sectional shape can vary (applies to beams in bending and columns in compression); enhanced charting to add multiple lines, boxes and display lines, improved formatting and an updated zoom capability; and new data for metals replacement in MaterialUniverse for long fiber composites, lubricated grades, fiber-filled engineering polymers, and conductive grades.

See what's new

Achieve cost savings
in early stage design
Use the new part cost estimator


Compare shape in
material selection studies
Compare different cross-sections

Focus on cost savings by using the new Part Cost Estimator to account for material and shaping processes, part size and complexity, off-the-shelf and custom forms. Save time and cost by focusing on finding the lowest cost solutions in early stage conceptual design, when materials and design details have not yet been defined. (Related case study).   Quickly compare the relative performance of materials with different cross-sections, for example an I-beam and rectangular section, and identify optimal solutions that account for structural efficiency. Use a new option in the Performance Index Finder to choose a ‘free section shape’ for beams in bending and columns in compression.

Make even more beautiful
and informative charts
Enhanced charting capability


Find and assess
replacements for metals
New data on composites

Enhanced core material property charting capability now includes: creation of multiple index lines; addition of display lines; custom formatting of lines; enhanced zoom; recall of edited label names. You can quickly generate beautiful charts for analysis, reports, and presentations. Study conflicting constraints (e.g., to identify when column failure switches from compression to buckling) by creating coupling lines.   New data in CES Selector provides improved coverage for long fiber composites, lubricated grades, fiber-filled engineering polymers, and conductive grades. Find and assess alternatives to metals (other metal alloys, polymers and composites) from the ‘universe’ of materials options, and find solutions to reduce costs and meet stringent eco/lightweighting targets. (Related case study).

Consider adhesive wear
during metals selection
New adhesive wear feature


Compare additive manufacturing
with conventional techniques
New records on additive manufacturing

A new property for metals on galling resistance (adhesive wear) has been added. Use this feature to select materials for applications subjected to wear conditions by considering system parameters (materials in contact, applied pressures, speeds, lubricants, etc.) and different wear mechanisms (abrasive wear, adhesive wear, etc.)   Compare process characteristics and relative cost/batch size of Additive Manufacturing techniques with conventional high-volume manufacturing techniques. Fifteen new process records in ProcessUniverse cover: 3D printing, deposition methods, photopolymerization, powder bed, and sheet lamination. There are new records for thixocasting and rheocasting.

Find global metals standards
and designations
Find global metals standards


Find and assess
alternative coatings
New coatings add-on database

Enhanced coverage of global metals standards and designations makes it easier to find equivalent specifications in other countries. The SteelSpec data module incorporated into CES Metals Selector covers: ASTM, BS, BS EN ISO, BS EN, BS ISO, SAE, and AISI standards. Find equivalents in different countries by using Find Similar. Other updated metal data modules are MMPDS (version MMPDS-09), MI-21, and StahlDat SX.   Find alternatives for existing coatings based on function, performance and cost. The new Coatings add-on data module is focused on aerospace coatings. If current coatings to enhance the surface performance or aesthetics utilize restricted substances, find alternatives that will perform the same function.

Speed up and simplify
data import
New Excel import template


Access and chart data from
the Periodic Table
Periodic Table

Speed up and simplify the importing of large quantities of data into CES Constructor to compare company data with ‘standard’ materials in the Granta databases. The new Excel import template facilitates the addition of data to the MaterialUniverse dataset in one operation – and it includes all commonly quoted properties in the MaterialUniverse dataset.   Quickly access data from the Periodic Table, which is now supplied as standard to all CES Selector users. This gives ready access to the data and allows you to present it using our charting tools.


Find out about key ways to use CES Selector 2016:

plot selection substitution cost
development lightweight eco


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