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Welcome to the Newsletter!

March 2021

In this edition, you'll learn about:

  • Free temporary licenses for those working from home
  • Highlights of the June 2021 release
  • Our upcoming customer satisfaction survey
  • How to use the new Bainite Model
  • Presentations we'll be giving on thermophysical properties, the aluminum database, and the Process Metallurgy Module
  • Online training courses
  • And more!

Enjoy the newsletter!

Free Temporary Licenses Extended

Laptop half open on a deskFor many of us, March represents the one year anniversary of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Early in the pandemic, Thermo-Calc Software made the decision to offer free, temporary single user licenses to users who are on a network license, but who are working from home. These licenses have proven to be extremely valuable to many users, so we have decided to extend them through August 2021.

If you are working from home or away from your normal worksite and unable to access your network license, contact us to discuss receiving or extending a temporary, single user license at

Thermo-Calc 2021b Release Preview

Thermo-Calc 2021b is scheduled for release in June 2021. It is shaping up to be an exciting release, so we wanted to share some of the highlights with you!

Highlights of the coming release: 

  • Thermophysical properties are being added to seven new databases
  • High throughput calculation type added to the Property Model Calculator
  • Plot Renderer will be able to convert data to a table with one button
  • TC-Toolbox for MATLAB® entirely re-written
  • Diffusion Improvements in TC-Python to Simulate Carburization Process
  • And much more...

Read about the Coming Release

Tell Us What You Think

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Our annual customer satisfaction survey will be coming up soon, and we hope you'll take part! Each year we conduct a comprehensive survey of current users, and the responses influence major decisions such as the development roadmap, what documentation we focus on, what types of training we offer, and more. We plan to send out the survey emails in April, so watch your inboxes for the invitation. 

Read about Previous Survey Results

Support for Windows 7 and 8 Ending

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Support for Windows 7 and Windows 8 platforms will be ending with the 2021b release, scheduled for June 2021. Users are encouraged to upgrade as soon as possible. Visit our Roadmap for Platform Support page to learn about which platforms we plan to support in the future. 

Roadmap for Platform Support

Learn about the Bainite ModelA plot showing the bainite start time

A Bainite Property Model was added to the Steel Model Library in Thermo-Calc 2021a, which can calculate bainite start temperature, transformation times, bainite plate lengthening rate, and phase constitution at the final state. Read an application example on the Hardenability Design of Steel to learn about some of the uses of this valuable new model. 

Read the Bainite Application Example

CALPHAD Use Continues to Increase in Materials Research

CALPHAD is now over 50 year old and as it passes the half century mark, we wanted to reflect on its increasing influence in materials research. Take a look back with us at how the use of CALPHAD and Thermo-Calc Software have increased in materials research over time. 

Read about the Increase of CALPHAD

Upcoming Presentations

We regularly present research at a variety of conferences, exhibitions, meetings, and other events around the world. We hope you'll join our presentations when we are in your area.

TMS2021 Virtual
March 15 – 18, 2021 | Virtual event

A Tale of Two Approaches: From Phase Equilibria to Materials Properties
Qing Chen, Director of Database Development and Innovative Research, Thermo-Calc Software
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Time: 9:10 AM
Location: Hume-Rothery Symposium

Learn more

May 9 – 14, 2021 | Virtual event

Modern CALPHAD databases for aluminum alloys and their applications
Hai-Lin Chen, Researcher and Project Leader Light Metal Alloy Databases, Thermo-Calc Software
Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Time: TBD
Session: K4 - Al Alloys 1

Learn more

5th ESTAD 2021
August 30  – September 2, 2021 | Stockholm, Sweden

Simulating the Equilibrium and the Kinetics of Steel Making and Steel Refining Using the TCOX Database and Thermo-Calc’s New Process Metallurgy Module
Ralf Rettig, Software Development, Thermo-Calc Software
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Session ID: 32396
Category: 5.2 Industry 4.0 within Steelmaking

Learn more

See All Upcoming Events

Online Training Courses

Our next set of online training courses are scheduled for April 2021. Courses are offered independently and do not require that attendees register for the set. 

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April 13-15
Learn more

Diffusion Module (DICTRA)
April 20 -22
Learn more

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Precipitation Module
April 27 - 28
Learn more

Training Videos Documentation Free Educational Package

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