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Granta Design has announced its Granta MI: Materials Gateway to integrate materials information technology with computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE).

The first implementations are being demonstrated at the Simulia Customer Conference in Providence, and at the PTC/User World Event in Orlando, from 6-9 June.

Many critical decisions in engineering enterprises require the use of data and information about materials and their properties.

The Granta MI system can be used for managing and applying corporate materials information including: results and analysis from the company’s materials testing, research and previous project experience; materials property reference data; company-approved property data for use in design; economic and environmental data on materials; the company’s lists of preferred materials and suppliers; and information on the restricted substance status of materials.

With MI: Materials Gateway, engineers and designers can now access and work with this information alongside geometry and simulation data from their engineering software, and apply the combined data in new ways – all within their routine workflow.

Initial implementations are for the Pro/Engineer CAD system from Parametric Technology (PTC) and the Abaqus/CAE software from the Simulia brand of Dassault Systemes.

Via a few mouse clicks within the CAD or CAE interface, users of these systems can connect securely across a corporate network to a corporate materials database, find the right materials data and apply it to a CAD or CAE model.

Other implementations will follow as required.

The integrated solutions are said to enable secure, controlled access to approved, accurate, up-to-date corporate materials data on the engineering desktop, eliminating errors and time wasted to find and transfer materials property data.

They also offer the ability to embed new applications within the host CAD or CAE system; for example, to report on the restricted substance status of a design or to guide materials selection.

Easy access to Granta’s library of materials reference data for metals, plastics and composites from within CAD or CAE software is also enabled.

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