From fashion to flight: the diverse users of CES Selector

May 24, 2018

Author: Beth Harlen

Speaking at a recent webinar, experts from Honeywell AerospaceSaudi Aramco, and Burberry presented the benefits of systematic materials selection.


The cost of trial and error in Additive Manufacturing

February 12, 2018

Author: Beth Harlen

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.


Materials shortage – what next?

February 7, 2018

Author: Grant Cole

Southern Texas is the hub of the US’ supply of speciality chemicals and petrochemicals; the basis of plastics used to manufacture everything from water bottles to pill coatings. So, when Storm Harvey hit the Gulf Coast in 2017, companies within the US and worldwide were affected. For example, the close of company Arkema alone resulted in the loss of supply of 50% of the US’ supply of ethylene and polyethylene, and 40% of its chloralkaline and polyvinyl chloride.


Chip Ganassi races ahead with Granta CES Selector

December 7, 2017

Author: Beth Harlen

Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for more than 30 years and is considered one of the most successful and innovative owners in the sport


Expert material management: Granta Design and the Altair Partner Alliance

September 28, 2017

Author: Grant Cole

Together with the Altair Partner Alliance, all of us at Granta are excited to announce that our powerful material selection tool, CES Selector, is now available for use by HyperWorks customers. It almost goes without saying that CES Selector is the industry standard tool for materials selection and graphical analysis of material properties. It is used to innovate and evolve products, quickly identify solutions to materials issues, confirm and validate material choices, and reduce material and development costs.


Restrictive substances regulatory compliance – the IPC-1754 data exchange standard

August 17, 2017

Author: Grant Cole

Journeying across the pond to Ottawa, Canada, members of the Granta Design Restrictive Substances team participated in a committee meeting to discuss the IPC-1754 (“Materials Declaration Standard for Aerospace and Defense”) standard. Arising out of an initiative by the International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG), the IPC-1754 standard establishes requirements for material and chemical substance data exchange between suppliers and their customers for aerospace and defense, heavy equipment, and other such industries.


Taking the heat: how the right materials will get us to Mars

July 10, 2017

Author: Grant Cole

In terms of sheer coolness, very few things come close to NASA – especially if you happen to be an avid Sci-Fi fan like me. With that in mind, two stories that emphasise the critical role materials selection plays in the quest towards space exploration have caught my eye.


Engineering in the Material World

May 11, 2017

Author: Grant Cole

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 innovating with intent?

April 13, 2017

Author: Grant Cole

“Are you innovating with intent?” seems like a simple question but if your company doesn’t have a good materials information strategy in place, the answer will most likely be “No”. In our latest blog post, you’ll discover how companies like Ethicon Endo-Surgery are innovating and raising their materials IQ.


Predicting the future of restricted substances

December 9, 2016

Author: Grant Cole

Predicting the future is no easy feat without the help of a time machine. Often, that’s a good thing. But, sometimes, it’s not so good – one example being with restricted substances. If these substances are included in products, the results can be expensive fines, loss of market share and stock value, and (worst of all) damage to brand reputation. Many companies are struggling even to avoid use of substances that are already regulated. But, with new substances being added to restricted lists all the time, that may not be enough. How do we avoid using substances that are likely to become unusable during the lifetime of the product?


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