Altair Acquires M-Base Engineering + Software

Move allows Altair to offer most comprehensive, high-fidelity plastics database on the market.

Move allows Altair to offer most comprehensive, high-fidelity plastics database on the market.

Altair has acquired M-Base Engineering + Software, an international supplier of material database and material information systems, with a focus on plastics. The acquisition of M-Base will allow Altair to offer a comprehensive, high-fidelity plastics database available on the market, which will directly connect with Altair’s solvers, Altair says.

Altair has been investing significantly in the area of material modeling for several years. The acquisition of M-Base is an important additional step to deliver comprehensive material information and infrastructure to predict and optimize product performance through simulation, the company notes. M-Base's offering covers the complete lifecycle of material data, from testing and test evaluation to computer-aided engineering (CAE) interfaces, with a focus on plastics.

M-Base brings to Altair plastics material data supplied directly by material producers, deep knowledge in material database technology, and plastics material data preparation from raw data to data consumable by designers and engineers.

M-Base is the official software supplier to Computer Aided Material Preselection by Uniform Standards (CAMPUS), a plastic material database adhering to rigorous international standards. Altair will continue to invest in CAMPUS to ensure consistent, high-quality material data for customers to drive accurate simulation results.

“The integration of M-Base into the Altair ecosystem brings deep knowledge and experience in material database projects, as well as the high-quality data our customers require to improve the design of their products,” says James R. Scapa, founder and chief executive officer of Altair. “It also expands our presence in the plastics industry, as M-Base holds strong relationships with plastics manufacturers and the gold standard, CAMPUS. We look forward to working deeply with CAMPUS members to grow together.”

M-Base's Web-based plastics database, Material Data Center, is a plastics information tool, enabling accurate material selection in the early design phases and offering continuity throughout the product lifecycle. It covers the complete international plastics market including the entire content of the CAMPUS database, as well as an  application database, a tradename directory, a literature database , and several other tools to support designers and engineers.

“Integrating our technology and Material Data Center with Altair will provide excellent functionality for engineers and designers during material selection and product development processes,” says Dr. Erwin Baur, co-founder of M-Base.

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

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