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Granta Design has announced a new release of the CES Selector software, which is designed to help engineering enterprises make decisions about materials and process choices during product design.

New features also make it easier for materials producers to analyse options during development and to market their products.

CES Selector combines comprehensive data on the properties of materials with graphical software for analysis and selection developed at Cambridge University and Granta.

Designers, engineers and materials experts can explore materials and process options to make and justify rational, auditable selection and substitution decisions.

Materials producers can analyse and position their products.

CES Selector is particularly suited for balancing competing engineering, economic and environmental objectives.

The Hybrid Synthesizer add-on tool allows the properties of hybrid materials and systems (such as sandwich panels, foams, lattices and composites) to be predicted.

Clear graphical property maps make it easy to compare these materials with other options.

Designers can investigate and demonstrate the benefits of hybrid structures, targeting the development of lightweight products.

This release also sees enhancements to CES Selector’s core materials property graphing and selection tools.

Instant comparisons can be made between customers’ own materials and those in Granta’s Material Universe data module, which comprises complete engineering, economic and property information for over 3,000 materials.

This drives materials development, helps position materials for marketing and gives clear guidance on materials options.

CES Selector offers a range of supporting data modules that contain property, supplier and processing information on tens of thousands of materials, including metals, alloys, plastics and composites.

Specialist data modules include the latest versions of the Campus and IDES plastics.

New links from the Material Universe data module inform the transition from a generic materials-selection process to a specific purchasable grade.

The Material Universe has also been reviewed, updated and expanded.

Over 250 materials commonly used as the core in sandwich panels are referenced, aiding lightweight design.

Updated material cost data accurately includes economic factors, while environmental properties encourage design that meets environmental objectives.

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