Altair Introduces Altair Material Data Center

Database to contain thousands of materials including polymers, metals and composites, directly connected to Altair's and other major solvers.

Database to contain thousands of materials including polymers, metals and composites, directly connected to Altair's and other major solvers.

The Altair Material Data Center includes accurate data and data lineage for metals, plastics and composites, and directly connects with Altair’s and other major solvers. Image courtesy of Altair.


Altair announces the launch of the Altair Material Data Center, a modern, comprehensive and high-fidelity material database for simulation. The Altair Material Data Center includes accurate data and data lineage for metals, plastics and composites, and directly connects with Altair’s and other major solvers.

Altair has been investing in the area of material modeling for several years and recently acquired M-Base, an international supplier of material database and material information systems with a focus on plastics. 

The launch of the Altair Material Data Center, now combined with M-Base’s plastic material database, allows Altair to provide the critical comprehensive material information and infrastructure needed to predict and optimize product performance through simulation. It enables designers, engineers, and scientists to explore materials – including structural, fatigue, fluid/thermal, electromagnetic properties, as well as manufacturing process specific data – in a standalone application or through the interface of Altair simulation and optimization tools. 

“Altair Material Data Center is yet another compelling solution to help our customers save time, money, and improve product innovation and performance throughout the entire lifecycle of development and manufacturing,” says James R. Scapa, founder and chief executive officer, Altair. “We have established strong relationships with material manufacturers and now with the acquisition of M-Base, we’ve expanded our presence in the plastics industry.”

The Altair Material Data Center offers:

  • Comprehensive material information management system—access to materials data for metals, polymers and composites, including data sheets, raw data and solver cards with full traceability back to the supplier source, ensuring valid assumptions and consistency across teams
  • Flexible accessibility and scalability—customers can seamlessly access the Altair Material Data Center as a SaaS solution hosted by Altair or privately to manage proprietary information within the solution 
  • Intuitive user experience—simple web-based interface to intuitively browse, search, view and compare material data 
  • Comprehensive simulation-centric data views—material cards can be quickly and easily generated for Altair’s and all major solvers
  • Smooth integration—through an open API, the Altair Material Data Center can integrate with any desktop/solver for non-disruptive workflow
  • Broad and deep partnerships—strong relationships with material manufacturers, ensuring accurate, high-quality, and up-to-date material information
  • Collaboration—material experts can collaborate on the material curation process before it is published in the Altair Material Data Center for enterprise-wide domain specific access.

For more information about the Altair Material Data Center, click here. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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