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Materials Matter With Dassault Systèmes and Granta Design Partnership

June 7th, 2018 by Jeff Rowe

Design and manufacturing seem to get most of the attention where many product development processes are concerned, and for the most part, relatively little attention seems to be paid to the materials that will comprise these great new products. That’s about to change a little bit, though, with Dassault Systèmes collaborating with Granta Design to help product development teams make better decisions about the materials they use for the products they are developing.

Through this new partnership, Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform will integrate with Granta Design’s GRANTA MI system for materials information management, improving productivity, collaboration, and product quality.

The integration of GRANTA MI technology will provide approved information from a company’s materials database that will be directly available to its product innovation teams using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Designers, engineers, simulation analysts and other stakeholders will be able to quickly access accurate and consistent information on materials and their properties, and check that requirements on their structural behavior, cost, application, compliance or sustainability are fulfilled. This partnership also dovetails nicely into Dassault’s sustainability products, services, and initiatives

Materials Gateway For Abaqus/CAE With Granta Design – Dassault Systèmes

“Science-driven companies using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to explore materials now gain higher levels of confidence and flexibility in their innovation process,” said Leif Pedersen, CEO, BIOVIA, Dassault Systèmes. “The ability to search and assign the right material directly impacts the user experience, from the stiffness of a tennis racket or the cushioning of a car seat, to the right material for additive manufacturing, all while addressing increasing consumer awareness of the environmental impact of their product investment. Our customers need to understand the materials they are using, throughout the product innovation process.”

While not always receiving the attention they deserve, materials are at the core of the next generation of products and experiences, giving rise to lighter and faster airplanes and automobiles, flexible high-tech devices, smart clothing, or 3D-printed medical devices. Improved and consistent access to materials data throughout the design, development and manufacturing process will boost innovation, reduce the time needed to bring a product to market, and lower risks of product design errors or poor performance.

The following video provides an overview of Granta Design and how its materials information technology helps organizations in industry sectors such as aerospace, energy, automotive, medical devices, and general manufacturing to optimize their management and use of critical materials and process data, save time and cost in product development, reduce risk and comply with regulations, and enhance innovation.

What Is The Value Of Materials Data Management?

“We’re pleased to be working with Dassault Systèmes to bring the benefits of material intelligence to users of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform,” said Patrick Coulter, Chief Operating Officer, Granta Design. “We know that customers are eager to see this integration, and we look forward to delivering it to them – and to working along with Dassault Systèmes to build further applications that help engineering enterprises to get more value from materials knowledge.”

For twenty four years, Granta has pioneered the field of materials information technology. Founded by Professors Mike Ashby and David Cebon as a spin-out from Cambridge University Engineering Department in 1994, the company has grown to support a worldwide customer base of engineering enterprises and universities. A key event in its corporate history include a strategic partnership in 2000 with ASM International, the leading materials science and engineering society. Today, Granta is the largest company and R&D organization operating in the materials information technology market.

The company’s primary products include:

  • Granta MI – A system for enterprise materials information management. A single so-called “gold source” for all materials data that saves time, cuts costs, and minimizes risk. Apps tools to capture and re-use knowledge, and support for CAD, CAE, and PLM all help to drive material innovation, optimize design, and solve materials-related business problems. Granta MI 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 other natural materials.
  • Granta MI: Materials Gateway – An app that enables you to access all material information from within your CAD, CAE, or PLM system. 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 models for use in CAE.
  • CES Selector — An encyclopedia of materials properties from Granta and other leading information providers— metals, plastics, composites, ceramics, and natural materials. Materials property charting tools enable creating interactive charts to explore, understand, and communicate about materials and their properties. Materials from the database can be compared with each other or with your own materials using features such as the CES Selector comparison tables, or “find similar” tool.

DS is hardly alone in realizing the essential nature of materials in the product development process, but it is good to see the company put materials front and center as a vital part of its 3DEXPERIENCE platform with Granta Design.

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