Granta Design has announced the release of CES EduPack™ 2007, the latest version of the world-leading software-based toolkit for materials and process education. EduPack now supports courses in areas including: General and Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, Materials Science, Aerospace, Eco-design, Polymers, and Architecture. Its different levels meet needs from first year to postgraduate teaching. This broad coverage makes it a true faculty-wide resource, with more universities now taking campus licenses.
Now used at over 550 universities and colleges, EduPack is centered on the innovative CES EduPack software and database, supported by textbooks, lectures, projects, and exercises. Major enhancements in 2007 include:
- A new supporting textbook, Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design, by Ashby, Shercliff and Cebon (published by Elsevier). A materials engineering text taking a design-led approach, the book is ideal for first and second-year students. It includes exercises with CES EduPack software.
- Many usability, presentational, and functional improvements to the software – including the ability to rank materials in EduPack’s extensive database against a design objective, aiding selection studies.
- Complete ‘science notes’ within the software provide textbook-style information on materials and process properties. Students ‘drill down’ from exercises to the underlying science - an engaging way to explore materials fundamentals.
- A new database of the Periodic Table of Elements and their mechanical, crystallographic, thermal, and electrical properties – to aid materials, physics, or engineering courses with more materials depth.
- Twelve revised, updated, and extended PowerPoint lectures provide university lecturers with ‘a course in a box.’
- An updated edition for courses in Architecture and the Built Environment.
“This is a landmark release for CES EduPack,” says Professor Mike Ashby of Cambridge University, the author of EduPack. “Five years ago, EduPack was a unique specialist tool for materials and process selection. Now, it has been extended and enriched to create a valuable faculty resource for any course containing elements of materials or manufacturing.”
CES EduPack 2007 will be demonstrated at next week’s TMS Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, and used in a short course taught by Professor Ashby within the meeting’s continuing education program. A similar course, providing hands-on tuition with the software, will be held at the Cambridge University Engineering Department on April 16th.