Materials Selection

Relationship between Elastic modulus and Density for a wide variety of materials

Relationship between Elastic modulus and Density for a wide variety of materials

Materials Selection is the process of identifying the best material to make your product from.  It is a key step in product development where the attributes of a particular metal alloy, plastic, etc. are weighed against cost, performance and manufacturability. The objective in any consumer product is to select materials that minimize cost but maintain the performance goals.  Having knowledge of the different materials and their properties is critical in optimizing your product.  For example, if your product will be subject to high temperatures and high stress, you need a material that can handle both – such as a nickel based super-alloy or a ceramic.  If this product must also have good toughness to avoid brittle fracture then the use of a ceramic may be a poor choice.  This is just one simple example of what can be a complex process to narrow the field of materials choices for your project.

We have helped dozens of companies optimize their products through a comprehensive evaluation and recommendation process that consists of:

  • Evaluation of current materials attributes and limitations
  •  Identification of alternative candidate materials based on operating environment, cost and manufacturing constraints.
  • Recommendation of several candidate materials.
  • Evaluate material change through comprehensive product testing*

*This step is done in partnership with manufacturing facility

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“NME has saved us hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past 7 years. They have helped to improve our products, streamline manufacture and even improve customer relations by providing technical support for using our products in corrosive environments.”

Dan McNamara, President /Owner

Quiedan Corp.

“As a fast paced manufacturing business we must deal with a wide variety of materials challenges. We appreciate having NME available to help when specialized metallurgical knowledge is required. We know NME will provide a solution in a timely manner and at a fair price.”

Atlas Copco Mafi-Trench Co.

“We first retained NME in 2008 when our company was small and we had limited resources. Their help was invaluable in selecting, testing and sourcing the appropriate materials for our product. 6+ years later we are still relying on their advice as we bring our products to market.”

Steve Herbruck, CEO

GoTek Energy

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Jeff Temple

Product Liability Attorney

After an employee was severely injured by an escaped liquid, we hired NME to determine the cause and origin of the leakage and what break down in procedures may have occurred to allow this accident. We were very impressed by Dr. Niebuhr’s level of professionalism, attention to detail and clear explanation of the issues at hand. I would hire his firm again in the future.”

Cal Branton, Attorney

Hellmuth & Johnson , PLLC

"Our case required several experts from different fields. We appreciated how seamlessly Dr. Niebuhr collaborated with the other experts to formulate a cohesive narrative of the events. The product was a clear description that the Jury could absorb and understand."

Milo W. Lundblad, Partner

Brustin & Lundblad, Ltd.

"Dr. Niebuhr always takes care of his clients, having worked on several cases with him, I am always impressed by his willingness to go above and beyond to ensure he has done everything he can to help."

Randy Perlman, Attorney

Charmasson, Buchaca & Leach, LLP