Materials data shared across CAD and CAE

Granta Design has announced Version 3.1 of the MI:Materials Gateway software, enhancing access to materials data within CAD and CAE. Materials choices specified in CAD can be accessed in the CAE environment, enabling analysts to identify the correct material models for simulation, giving consistency, and supporting collaboration between product design and simulation departments.

This interoperability is supported from CAD systems, including CATIA, Creo, Autodesk Inventor, and NX, to CAE software such as Abaqus/CAE, ANSYS Workbench, HyperMesh, and NX CAE.

Dr Arthur Fairfull, director of strategic product initiatives at Granta, said. "In its third generation, this technology ensures a single view of company materials data across these systems."

Designers and engineers need materials property data to inform decisions about which materials to specify in their products, and to enable performance analysis through simulation. But reliable, approved data can be difficult to obtain, slowing the process down and limiting accuracy. GRANTA MI is said to solve these problems by capturing all corporate materials data in one place and making it available to the engineers that need it.

Tom Austin-Morgan

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