Granta Design announced the release of CES Selector 2014, a new version of the PC software that enables materials experts and product development teams to find and apply materials property data. According to the company, an upgraded user interface helps users to find the materials data that they need faster, so that they can plot and compare properties and select the right materials. Enhanced tools for materials replacement and substitution mean that engineers can identify and explore alternatives for an underperforming material, or one that has become obsolete or expensive. New and extended data makes it easier to match materials to applications and improves coverage of plastics, biopolymers, metals, and composites.
Navigation of the MaterialUniverse data and specialist reference datasets has been improved, and the "Find Similar" tool has been enhanced based on user feedback. It allows materials groups to respond quickly to disruptions in material supply, regulatory issues, increasing costs, or obsolescence, by quickly finding alternative materials with similar property profiles. The new version allows users to customize and fine tune these calculations.
Enhanced filtering options cut the time needed to specify design constraints. New treatment of processability also helps engineers to focus on plastics or metals based on processes that are commonly used for their manufacture.
Data on polymers has been enhanced. In particular, the latest version of IDES Plastics and the new CAMPUS and M-Base dataset that contains the full set of data from CAMPUS and the 'Materials Data Center' provides information on over 30,000 polymer and over 600 biopolymer grades.
There is also updated data on metals and composites, with the latest version of ESDU MMDH (design strength data on aerospace alloys), and Firehold Composites (with datasheets for nearly 400 continuous fiber reinforced polymer systems).
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.