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Vol. 15 Iss. 2

In this issue:

Thermo-Calc Release 2015a

Thermo-Calc Software are excited to announce the release of our latest software, Thermo-Calc 2015a!

Read about the highlights of the 2015a release

View the release notes for complete details.

Customer Survey Results

Thank you to all those who participated in the 2015 customer survey.

We have reviewed all of your responses and are now taking steps to put your feedback to work.

We invite you to read about the results and what you can expect from us.

New Scholarship Honors Larry Kaufman

The TMS Foundation has set up a scholarship fund in honor of Dr. Larry Kaufman, the founder of CALPHAD, Inc. and the creator of the CALPHAD method.

Read about the Larry Kaufman Scholarship at our blog or learn how to apply or donate


New Naming System for Software

Beginning with this release, all Thermo-Calc Software products will use a new naming system that corresponds to the year of the release, rather than the number of releases, so this release is 2015a, rather than 5.0.

The new naming system allows users to quickly determine how new their software is and whether they need an update. It also streamlines the naming across all Thermo-Calc Software products.  

Read more about the new naming system and how to easily find your subversion number.

Historic Note - Lattice Stabilities

In the third and final installment in our series on the evolution of CALPHAD we learn about Larry Kaufman's contribution to the field, a story that is quite timely given the recent announcement of the Larry Kaufman scholarship fund. Learn how a graduate student's chance encounter with an obscure paper changed the materials world forever in this Historic Note.


Free Educational Demo Package

In an effort to promote the teaching of computational materials engineering, Thermo-Calc Software offers a free educational demo package for teachers and students.

The package comes with a limited version of the software, select databases and exercises designed for the classroom. The teacher's version of the package also includes answers to all of the exercises. The software can be downloaded for free and is good for a full year.

The limited verison of the software is different from the regular version in that only 3 components can be selected, whereas the full version can handle systems of up to 40 components. 

We welcome teachers and students to download the educational demo packages: 

Download the educational package for teachers.

Download the educational package for students.

Please note that the demo package is intended for educational purposes only in an academic environment. 


Winners of the Materials Genome Toolkit

ASM International have announced the winners of the Materials Genome Toolkit competition, which invited universities in the United States to compete to win a free three-year Materials Genome Toolkit incorporating Thermo-Calc for use in undergraduate engineering programs. Software are proud to be supporting science-based computational materials design and engineering.The ASM Materials Genome Toolkit includes licenses for Thermo-Calc, DICTRA and TC-PRISMA, as well as thermodynamic and mobility databases. Licenses for the toolkit are provided by Thermo-Calc Software through an agreement with ASM.

Read about the competition and see the six winners.

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Thermo-Calc Training

Twice a year, Thermo-Calc Software provide introductory training courses for Thermo-Calc, DICTRA and TC-PRISMA in both Stockholm, Sweden, and Pittsburgh, USA.
These courses provide a solid foundation for using the software tools, as well as "hands-on" experience filled with examples, insights and tips based on the years of practical experience of our instructors, which allow attendees to get up and running with the software much more quickly.
Some comments from attendees of our last training courses included:
"Very good introductory course with lots of examples that make me confident in doing basic work and provided ideas for more advanced research."
"Very helpful overall. Would recommend to others."
"Overall this week of courses was well worth the time. I feel prepared to get busy with Thermo-Calc and DICTRA and TC-PRISMA. Thank you!"
For a complete list of training courses and information on how to sign up, visit our website here.

For U.S. Training, email Paul at

For all other training, email us at
*All training is conducted in English.

We attend many conferences, exhibits and seminars around the world. This summer we will attend the events listed below. Come find us when we're in your area!

PTM 2015

Whistler, BC, Canada
June 28-July 3, 2015

Chinese Materials Conference 2015

Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China
July 10-14, 2015

7th Light Metals Technology (LMT2015)

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
July 27-29, 2015

Ti-2015: The 13th World Conferene on Titanium

San Diego, CA, USA
Aug. 16-20, 2015


Graz, Austria
Sept. 6-10, 2015

Visit our website to see a complete list of upcoming events.
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