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Granta and Senvol Team up on Selection of Additive Manufacturing Processes and Materials

  • Tuesday, 24th May 2016
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The Senvol Database, the comprehensive database of Additive Manufacturing (AM) materials and machines, will be available within Granta’s industry-leading materials software, GRANTA MI and CES Selector.

Granta says that, as a result, development teams will be better able to find valuable AM data and to identify the best machines and materials for their projects. This new combined solution is being previewed at this week’s RAPID 3D Manufacturing Event in Orlando, Florida, US, (Granta is at Booth 637, Senvol is at Booth 775) and will be demonstrated at a web seminar on 31 May 2016.

Granta explains that there are now hundreds of industrial AM machines and compatible materials. New products are coming to market weekly. In this fast-evolving landscape, picking the best options for a manufacturing or research project is a tough call, and a wrong direction can be costly. The Senvol Database provides details of over 550 machines and over 700 materials. Within the Granta software, users can search and compare materials based on properties, type, or compatible machines. They can identify and compare AM machines based on supported processes, manufacturer, required part size, cost, or compatible materials (and their properties). It’s now easier to find new ideas when researching AM options and to focus in on the most productive routes for a project.

According to Granta, its GRANTA MI enables companies to create a single, easily-accessible ‘gold source’ for all corporate materials data—both proprietary intellectual property (IP) and data from trusted reference sources. The GRANTA MI:Additive Manufacturing package provides best practice data structures and tools to manage AM data, capturing valuable IP for re-use, avoiding wasted effort, and building the knowledge base required to understand and improve AM processes. Integration within this system makes the Senvol Database instantly accessible and searchable for scientists and engineers through the same web browser interface that they use for routine access to their proprietary AM data and their company’s wider materials and process information.

CES Selector software is an easy-to-use PC tool for plotting, comparison, and materials selection using materials data. Now its powerful charting tools can analyse and present data from the Senvol Database—for example, quickly generating a plot to compare the properties of all Ti-6Al-4V materials that are compatible with a specific machine. CES Selector systematic selection features can filter machine and material options based on their properties and help the user to assess trade-offs in order to identify candidate machines and materials for a particular application.

Within both Granta products, the Senvol Database becomes part of a comprehensive, integrated library of materials data covering metals, composites, plastics, ceramics and more.

“We’re pleased to be working with Senvol to further extend Granta’s solution for Additive Manufacturing,” said Dr Patrick Coulter, Chief Operating Officer at Granta Design. “The Senvol Database provides us with the best available Additive Manufacturing reference information, which both adds to our solution in this area and reinforces Granta’s strategy to provide the best single source of materials data across the broad range of engineering applications.”

Senvol President Zach Simkin added, “We’re extremely excited to announce this partnership with Granta. Granta is one of the clear leaders in materials information technology, and through their platform, for the first time ever engineers will have the ability to compare additive manufacturing data against conventional manufacturing data.”

 


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