Granta, PTC Partner for Creo 4.0

granta-logoCAMBRIDGE, UK, Dec 8, 2016 – Granta Design announced that sample materials property data from Granta, the materials information technology leader, will be available to users of the new Creo 4.0 3D CAD software from PTC. This addition provides fast, easy access to property data covering 117 sample materials, including commonly-used metals, plastics, composites, and ceramics. Creo users can browse the data and apply it to parts in their Creo model. The data includes density, thus supporting weight roll-up calculations, and a set of mechanical and thermal properties, which can enable accurate analysis and smarter design decisions. The data is a sample from Granta’s comprehensive materials data library.

Viewing the sample materials data within the Creo interface.

Viewing the sample materials data within the Creo interface.

At the heart of Granta’s materials data library is MaterialUniverse, compiled and maintained by Granta and covering over 3,800 types of engineering material. Each record provides a complete, consistent set of 80+ mechanical, thermal, electrical, physical, environmental, and economic properties. MaterialUniverse data is ideal for exploring the material landscape, for example, during initial material selection or in early-stage design. Other data sets in the library include authoritative handbook and design data, supplier data, standards, test data, and simulation input data. Compiled by Granta or its partner organizations, these describe tens of thousands of metals, plastics, composites, and more, enabling users to ‘drill down’ into detailed grade-specific data.

“This collaboration with a market leader helps PTC to meet the demands of our customers for high-quality, standard materials data,” said Mark Fischer, director, Creo product management at PTC. “Customers can have confidence in their designs and analyses. The collaboration enables customers to apply the sample materials data, provides a route for them to access more data, and enables companies who wish to work directly with Granta to develop and deploy their own materials data.”The data now available within Creo is from a representative sample of MaterialUniverse records. Creo users wishing to access more of the library have two options. They can purchase the CES Selector PC software, from which property data can be exported in Creo format. Or, if their company uses the industry-standard GRANTA MI system to manage its proprietary materials information, they can install and use GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway for Creo. This app runs within Creo and provides direct access not only to the Granta data library, but also to any corporate materials data to which the user has access rights.

“We’re very pleased to work with PTC to improve access to materials data for the community of 200,000 Creo users worldwide,” said Dr Patrick Coulter, chief operating officer at Granta Design. “Getting the right materials data within their chosen tools is one frustration for design and development teams that we aim to remove.”

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About Granta Design

Founded in 1994 as a spin-out from the University of Cambridge, Granta helps hundreds of engineering enterprises to manage information on the materials (metals, plastics, composites, and more) that are essential to their businesses. Granta Design helps them to develop and apply material intelligence, making better materials decisions, saving time and money, and reducing risk as they optimize their products. They also provide supporting resources to thousands of university educators worldwide as they teach the next generation of engineers, scientists, and industrial designers about materials, processes, and sustainability.

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