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Granta Design has released CES Selector 2019. The new version of the software tool for materials selection and graphical analysis of materials properties features enhanced data and tools that can help companies decide whether additive manufacturing is a viable option for their project, offer guidance on identifying critical design requirements, and save time and effort in simulation projects.
The 2019 version also includes substantial updates to the CES Selector library of specialist datasets.
New in CES Selector 2019
The new Additive Manufacturing (AM) Edition of CES Selector covers all the primary industrial AM technologies, and provides data on over 950 industrial machines and more than 1,700 compatible materials. It includes access to supplier information from the updated Senvol Database, supplemented with data on over 190 equivalent materials manufactured using conventional techniques, enabling AM materials to be considered early in material selection studies. Granta’s on-demand webinar ‘Comparing additive manufacturing materials with conventional technologies’ provides a case study: www.grantadesign.com/webseminars/2018/compare-additive-materials.htm
CES Selector 2019 can help prevent unnecessary iterations and expensive remedial action by selecting materials early in the project. It helps ensure the right load-bearing characteristics by using the new performance indices for longitudinal and flexural vibration. If materials need to be switched out, CES Selector 2019 provides a rapid understanding of likely vibration changes.
Modelling and simulation projects can be difficult and time consuming. CES Selector enables simulation engineering teams to pre-screen materials, focusing simulation work on the likeliest candidates, and provides correctly-formatted input data, including enhanced access to Prospector Plastics, and the CAMPUS and MBase Plastics datasets. Extended ‘exporter’ technology makes it easy to get this data into more tools, including Altair Inspire.
Granta’s eLearning site offers supporting resources and best practice information. It now includes additional content for the Professional Level of the CES Selector Certificate Program with a scenario-based decision tree module, and techniques for defining critical design requirements.
MaterialUniverse, Granta’s comprehensive dataset of engineering, economic and environmental property profiles, designed for like-to-like comparisons across the spectrum of material and processing possibilities, has been enhanced. In a searchable electronic format, MaterialUniverse contains over 4,000 unique data records covering virtually all purchasable engineering materials, and 240 records covering related processes. Materials records cover the full range of materials classes, and each record has more than 80 general, mechanical, thermal, optical, electrical, environmental, economic, corrosion, and other properties.
Additionally, CES Selector features the latest updates of these specialist datasets:
“The subtleties of material selection impact everything from design and development timetables, to financial cost and regulatory compliance,” comments Dr Charlie Bream, Product Manager for CES Selector at Granta Design. “CES Selector is uniquely able to offer insight, ensuring our customers can find the materials data they need, gain insight into materials properties, and clearly communicate those choices. The enhancements in our 2019 release offer even more of a competitive edge through focused support for additive manufacturing, simulation, and vibration loading.”
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