VMAP Projected Results and Impact

Interoperable virtual material models and a seamless transfer of material and engineering data history in a CAE workflow enables industry users to develop and produce better products in a shorter time using more efficient manufacturing processes.
Interface standards will help CAE software developers and vendors to create new virtual material models and simulation processes that can be easily integrated into holistic design, simulation and optimisation workflows.
In Europe’s growing and future manufacturing market where materials technology is a key factor, especially in the rapidly emerging market of additive manufacturing for metal and plastics, an open software interface standard for virtual material modelling will have significant benefits.

VMAP project is structured into various Workpackages:

WP1: Project Coordination and Management.
WP2: Use cases: Implementation of the industrial use cases.
WP3: Material models: Evaluation of existing and potential future virtual material models and the development of a universal material model catalogue.
WP4: Material Interface Specification: Requirement analysis and the detailed technical specification of the ‘Virtual Material Exchange Interface’.
WP5: Material Interface Implementation: Implementation of the ‘Virtual Material Exchange Interface’ in the different CAE tools will be realised.
WP6: Dissemination.

Project time schedule:

October: Project Start
March: Use Case Definitions
September: Requirements for Material Data Interface
March: Draft Interface Specification (internal)
September: First software prototypes
March: VMAP Interface Specs 0.1 (public)
September: Industrial Demo Cases,  First CAE tool implementations,  Standardization Community established

Criteria for the VMAP Interface will be:

  • 75% of the requested material property parameters from the use-cases have been included in the interface specification
  • The implementation concepts and basic file formats (e.g. HDF5 or XML or etc.) have been specified, tested and used for the software implementations
  • For each use case, more than one solver will be tested as input provider to the VMAP interface and more than one solver will use the exported data from the VMAP interface. This will guarantee the true interoperability of the software involved.
  • A first internal draft specification will be available at month 18

Criteria for the CAE tool support for the VMAP exchange standard are

  • 90% of the involved CAE tools have implemented a working prototype solution which supports the VMAP standard
  • 90% of the above mentioned extended CAE tools have been deployed successfully in the workflows for the VMAP use-cases
  • At least five further external ISVs have shown concrete interest and provided technical contributions in the VMAP standard

Project Partners

The project was formed by 30 partners from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany (including NAFEMS), Netherlands and Switzerland.

All partner details can be found here.


The project is organised via the ITEA programme and funded by national regional agencies and companies over the period from October 2017 to September 2020. The total budget is about 16M€.

ITEA is the EUREKA Cluster programme supporting innovative, industry-driven, pre-competitive R&D projects in the area of Software-intensive Systems & Services (SiSS). ITEA stimulates projects in an open community of large industry, SMEs, universities, research institutes and user organisations.
As ITEA is a EUREKA Cluster, the community is founded in Europe based on the EUREKA principles and is open to participants worldwide.

The Austrian part of the joint project is funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). (number: Projekt 864080 – EUREKA ITEA 3 2017 VMAP Moulding).

The Belgian part of the joint project is funded by the companies partaking.

The Canadian part of the joint project is funded by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP).

The German part of the joint project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with 3.5 million euros via the ITEA 3 cluster of the European research initiative EUREKA. (number: DLR-Projektträger, Softwaresysteme und Wissenstechnologien – Funding Sign 01|S17025 A – K).

The Netherlands part of the joint project is funded by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency 

The Swiss part of the joint project is funded by the companies partaking.