GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway
You need accurate materials property data for product design, analysis, and simulation. GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway lets you access and apply this vital data, quickly and traceably, within your CAD, CAE, or PLM software.
Materials information when and where you need it
- Materials knowledge management for PLM
- Materials assignment and selection guidance for CAD
- Direct access to valid materials data for CAE
GRANTA MI™ is the leading system for materials information management in engineering organizations. It enables you to control, analyze, and securely share critical corporate data on materials and processes, managing the materials information lifecycle. Alongside this proprietary data, GRANTA MI provides a comprehensive library of reference data covering many categories of properties for metals, plastics, ceramics, composites, and natural materials.
MI:Materials Gateway is a GRANTA MI module that enables you to access all of this information from within your CAD, CAE, or PLM system (pictured, above). The data can then be applied within that system—for example, assigning materials properties to parts in a CAD model to enable accurate mass roll-ups, or importing validated materials model for use in CAE.
MI:Materials Gateway also provides interactive materials decision support tools. For example, dashboard tools (pictured, right) within your CAD or PLM system provide information to guide materials and processing decisions, helping you to optimize cost, environmental impact, or restricted substance risk.
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We have an active program, in collaboration with our engineering software partners, to develop MI:Materials Gateway integrations for further applications. Contact us to find out about integrations with your preferred system »
Why MI:Materials Gateway?
- Deploy corporate materials knowledge and reference data in a controlled, secure manner
- Give designers and engineers easy access to authoritative materials information, quickly and traceably
- Provide guidance for materials and process decisions within engineering worfklows
Materials data is 'living' data. It is constantly evolving as new tests, analyses, and research are carried out, or as reference sources are updated. Effective management of this information lifecycle requires the specialist tools of GRANTA MI, the leading materials information management system. MI:Materials Gateway integrates GRANTA MI seamlessly with your existing CAD, CAE, or PLM tools.
Get the right materials data... fast and error-free
Within the CAD, CAE, or PLM system, open the MI:Materials Gateway window (pictured, right) to browse or search your company's materials database. GRANTA MI security features ensure that users see only data that they are authorized to see. Click on your chosen materials and the property data or CAE materials models that you need are immediately available in the host software, quickly and with full traceability.
Apply the data in CAD, CAE, or PLM
Now it is simple to apply the materials data that you found. In a single button-click, you can assign a material to a specific part in your CAD model, or import a material model for use in CAE simulation.
MI:Materials Gateway dashboards combine this materials data with information from your CAD or PLM system (e.g., part volumes or surface areas), enabling interactive analyses to guide material selection and substitution. For example, you could assess the restricted substance content of your CAD model using parts data from the CAD system and data from GRANTA MI on the restricted substance risk of each material. Modify the model and immediately see the implications. Or explore the trade-off between product performance and carbon footprint (pictured, below right) .
Accessing 'live' data, with full traceability
MI:Materials Gateway retains full traceability to the 'live' materials data in your GRANTA MI database. When you assign a material to a part in CAD or CAE, information is captured not only about which material record in the GRANTA MI database was used, but also about which version of that record. At any time you, or other authorized users, can immediately reconnect to the original material record in the database, and find the latest data for, e.g., non-linear simulation or cost analysis.