14 December 2008
14 December 2008
IDES and Firehole Technologies have developed and launched a searchable database of composite material datasheets called Prospector:Composites.
The online tool is designed to help engineers quickly locate technical property information about composite materials.
“Prospector:Composites is really a product driven by customer demand,” said Jerad Stack, CEO of Firehole Technologies Inc. “Everyone we talk to in the composites community tells us that finding reliable material data for their designs is a significant issue. This is especially true in industries where the use of composites is just emerging, like the automotive sector.”
Prospector:Composites is intended to deliver to the engineering design community a single location to quickly locate, compare and evaluate candidate composites. IDES and Firehole say that the key feature of the tool is that, in addition to manufactures’ supplied data, Prospector:Composites is populated with quality data from some of the world’s foremost testing labs and research institutions.
“Our Prospector plastics search engine is trusted by more than 230,000 thousand users worldwide as their source for property and processing data for 77,000 plastic materials,” said Mike Kmetz, President of IDES. “With the launch of Prospector:Composites, we are excited to deliver the same quality and functionality to the composites community.”
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