Guest post by LiveWorx Sponsor Granta Design

Manufacturing organizations are increasingly recognizing that the critical IP they have developed in relation to the engineering materials that they use needs to be managed in a comprehensive and cohesive way. This information evolves with its own lifecycle – for example, as more tests are completed, more analysis done, or more data gathered from the field. The materials information lifecycle is often quite separate from the product lifecycle, although the two are linked. Many enterprises are now focusing on how to more effectively digitalize and then apply this evolving materials information, in order to save time and cost, drive innovation, and reduce risk. There are, however, a number of barriers to this activity.

Perhaps the biggest is that the management of materials information must fit within individual real-life corporate IT environments – and no two are alike. Companies have different data requirements, and different tools for PLM, CAD, and CAE – all of which they want to integrate with materials information, in order to leverage that information effectively. This is a complex issue that Granta has written about in our White Paper, ‘Material Intelligence for Enterprise CAD and PLM’. Topics discussed in the paper include the trends and best practices in CAD, PLM, and materials information management, and the key requirements for integration of those technologies.

As the industry standard for building a ‘gold source’ database of corporate materials information, GRANTA MI enables the digitalization process. The MI:Materials Gateway tools integrate this information with PLM systems including Windchill®, CAD tools including Creo®, and many leading CAE tools. As a result, companies can connect their material definitions with their product definitions and ensure correct, consistent definitions of materials throughout the product lifecycle. The latest releases build on real experience of optimizing customer implementations worldwide, and support the upcoming GRANTA MI Version 11. Benefits include providing accurate properties for design and simulation, supporting substance compliance analytics, and re-using past experience of applying materials.

If you’re interested in getting accurate materials data for use in design, a good place to start is with the sample materials property data provided for free with every version of Creo Version 4.0.  Check this out – then consider how much more you could get from having your own company’s approved ‘material intelligence’ embedded into CAD and PLM.  Details at

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