Partnership Allows Access To Materials Database

SolidWorks and Cosmos software users can now import part material information from a growing collection of 47,000 material data sheets through a partnership with online information provider MatWeb.

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SolidWorks and Cosmos software users can now import part material information from a growing collection of 47,000 material data sheets through a partnership with online information provider MatWeb. MatWeb’s searchable archive of material data sheets provides engineers with more than 900,000 data points on the physical, mechanical, electrical, thermal, optical and processing properties of the materials in their designs. A customized engine exports data in native SolidWorks/Cosmos format from the archive into the SolidWorks/Cosmos interface. Precise descriptions of a material’s properties allow users to predict behavior in a design under real-world conditions, the developer says. Engineers can access material properties without having to constantly refer to paper manuals or other materials that could remove them from the design environment. By clicking on a material sheet, the information automatically flows into the design environment. According to the developer, the materials archive covers hundreds of plastics and metals, which offers users the ability to build their own libraries of specific materials. This can help to validate designs more precisely early in the process, which can reduce material and prototyping costs.