Avoiding materials jeopardy – why consistent materials definitions in PLM matter

August 7, 2018

Author: Beth Harlen

What does it mean to define a material as we move along the product lifecycle, from concept, through to engineering design, simulation, prototyping, manufacture, and distribution to the customer? A ‘material’ means one thing to a material engineer, something else to a CAD designer, and another to someone in manufacturing. Companies can spend weeks of wasted effort ensuring consistency or attempting to find or verify data.


How to assess your company’s Materials IQ

July 12, 2018

Author: Beth Harlen

The management of materials information is just one piece of the ‘materials intelligence’ puzzle. Discover how to reduce design cycles, minimize risk, improve product quality, aid compliance, and much more, by taking these five steps to increasing your Materials IQ.


The cost of trial and error in Additive Manufacturing

February 12, 2018

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The rate of adoption of additive manufacturing (AM) is incredible. AM brings a physicality to ideas, and offers ways for people to touch upon solutions that would have been impossible to otherwise imagine. Equally impressive is the scale of investment in machines for producing AM parts, which is of course supported by business cases highlighting reduced development times, fewer prototype costs, reduced part counts, and flexible manufacturing. But, I am seeing more and more evidence that the prescribed route to this ‘Nirvana’ is via a process of trial and error for settings, powders, and even machine capability.


Is your simulation data traceable to the source?

January 8, 2018

Author: Beth Harlen

As any simulation analyst can tell you, quality materials and property data is essential for modeling and simulation within product design. However, this information often exists in many different formats and locations throughout an organization. For authors of data, generating the right materials information for simulation (usually by analyzing populations of materials test data) can be time consuming, the process can be inefficient, and it’s certainly always complex. Moreover, the final data that’s produced out of this process is not always then traceable to its source.


Unlock material intelligence for PLM

November 20, 2017

Author: Stephen Warde

GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway for Creo – an upgrade option that enables Creo users to access their corporate materials database within Creo


The REACH Authorization List gets an update

August 15, 2017

Author: Beth Harlen

The REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) Authorization List has been updated to include 12 new substances, bringing the total to 43 substances. REACH is a European Union regulation that addresses the production and use of chemical substances to provide a high level of protection for human health and the environment.


PLM Integrated Material Intelligence: Can We Get the Best of Both Worlds?

May 24, 2017

Author: Beth Harlen

PLM Integrated Material Intelligence: Can We Get the Best of Both Worlds? It’s an interesting question, posed in a recent blog post by Siemens PLM Software. 


Engineering in the Material World

May 11, 2017

Author: Beth Harlen

Our very own Stephen Warde has been interviewed for the blog of one of the major providers of CAD/PLM software. Speaking to PTC, Steve highlights the difficulties faced by design engineers and the impact materials have on the ultimate cost and performance of a product.


Are you in a ‘materials authority’ role and supporting simulation?

January 26, 2017

Author: Grant Cole

Simulation engineers are often desperate for sophisticated material properties to support their temperature dependent and/or non-linear material models, enabling more accurate simulation and validation of product performance.


What is best practice in the preparation and use of materials data for simulation?

October 19, 2016

Author: Grant Cole

I recently presented at a web seminar hosted by Granta’s partners at Dassault Systèmes, and it raised an interesting question about the materials property data needed by simulation analysts. We were looking, in particular, at the Abaqus/CAE® software. Its users want accurate material properties for use in their CAE software. But they also want confidence in that data – to know that it comes from a reliable source. And their companies want control: i.e., to ensure that all of their analysts are using data that is consistent, up-to-date, and traceable should simulation results ever need to be reviewed or updated. How can we meet these various requirements without disrupting well-established workflows and processes?


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