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EWI Adopts Granta MI System to Enhance Additive Manufacturing Efficiencies

  • Tuesday, 29th January 2019
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Granta Design announces that EWI has selected the GRANTA MI software to better coordinate its additive manufacturing (AM) work across multiple AM platforms. The software system is currently being deployed.

According to the company, GRANTA MI is the leading system for enterprise materials information management. A single ‘gold source’ for all of an organisation’s materials data, it saves time, cuts costs, and eliminates risk. Apps, tools to capture and re-use knowledge, and support for CAD, CAE, and PLM, all help to drive material innovation, empower design, and solve materials-related business problems.

EWI’s comprehensive engineering services help companies identify, develop, and implement the best options for their specific applications. Defining a strategy to capture and characterise material information across different AM platforms is currently a challenge. Every AM machine monitors different metrics, and exports data differently. EWI is meeting this challenge by defining the most effective way to record the data, and then automating and controlling the input process through GRANTA MI. If further metrics are identified as essential to the qualification of a part, the flexibility of GRANTA MI and EWI’s importing strategy will allow the enterprise to go back and pull-in that information with ease.

“We know AM has the potential to be a great tool to meet today’s industry needs, but we also recognise that hesitation to adopt such technology may be due to lack of understanding of the entire process from start to finish,” commented Brendan Lewis, EWI Project Engineer and Team Lead for GRANTA MI implementation. “GRANTA MI will to allow us to capture large amounts of data from all pieces of the AM puzzle and present it in a way that makes sense to the prospective industry adopters. This data capture will allow us to make valuable correlations that can be used to generate data driven standards across the industry, and streamline the development of AM parts internally.”

Lewis added, “We are very excited to be working with the Granta team on this project. Their intuitive GRANTA MI interface, diverse portfolio of industry impact, along with a clear understanding of additive manufacturing has really allowed us to hit the ground running.”

Through the ASTM AM Center of Excellence (CoE), EWI is also working on a variety of programs that will generate data for standards development. This data will be used to help companies understand the properties of AM parts, and improve process parameter development. GRANTA MI supports this by capturing a wide variety of data from the full AM value chain – from feedstock characterisation to final material property data. This tracked data includes build information, post-process information, non-destructive testing (NDT), and mechanical testing.

For an in-depth look at how to digitalise your AM projects, join Granta’s live webinar on Wednesday, 20 February 2019. Discussions will focus on best practice for capturing the materials and process data generated during AM development projects.

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