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Attribute Ratings

  • Altair Inspire is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

10.0

Altair Inspire

100%
1 Rating
8.7

AutoCAD

87%
78 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Altair Inspire

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

AutoCAD

82%
3 Ratings

Usability

Altair Inspire

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

AutoCAD

80%
3 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

Altair Inspire

100%
2 Ratings
7.1

AutoCAD

71%
27 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Altair Inspire

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

AutoCAD

80%
3 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Altair Inspire

For any smaller company developing products that use motors and actuators to do work and need the best of class performance, Altair Inspire is the simplest to learn to use. Our first project required building booms to handle an offset load. I could not get SOLIDWORKS motion to simulate the movements to be done. It took less than 8 hours to fully define and run the first simulation to find excavator type boom design was not going to be light enough or rigid enough for the product.
Ed Danzer | TrustRadius Reviewer

AutoCAD

I have used a large number of CAD and other drawing packages like TurboCAD, CorelCAD, Draftsight, Inkscape and CorelDRAW to name a few. Although there are a number of free and cheaper options, AutoCAD is the industry standard or benchmark, user friendly GUI (Graphical User Interface), online help is usually easy to get.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Altair Inspire

  • Defining the actuators, pin joints, sliding joints is very easy.
  • Defining a motion sequence is straightforward.
  • The UI tends to make you follow a sequence of steps to be successful in doing a motion simulation and finite element analysis study on a design.
  • The motion simulation results are automatically transferred to the FEA solver.
Ed Danzer | TrustRadius Reviewer

AutoCAD

  • The tools are easy to use and the learning curve is fairly minimal to be able to create blueprints.
  • The 3D application is very fun to use and it is nice to be able to see your product instead of having to imagine what it will look like.
  • The speed and accuracy in which students can create plans is a huge bonus. Students can plan their industrial art projects out and use their own set of plans to build them.
Mark Perry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Altair Inspire

  • Currently, we have to import the SOLIDWORKS assembly and reposition it in space.
  • Currently, there are no mesh refinement capabilities.
Ed Danzer | TrustRadius Reviewer

AutoCAD

  • It needs more help in 3D world, eventually some parametric support
  • Better connection with Revit or Inventor
  • Dynamic blocks could get some updates
  • Parameters can be more developed; excel capabilities could be added
  • Sheet set could be more evolved to support a workflow involving data management
radu stancescu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Altair Inspire

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Altair Inspire Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

AutoCAD

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$210 per month

AutoCAD Editions & Modules

Edition
Single-User License$210.001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Altair Inspire

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

AutoCAD

AutoCAD 8.2
Based on 3 answers
Because rarely we [would] rather wait for a whole year to update, sometimes the new updates don't bring many new features and we are still ok with the current version. Also the change of interface is always something that takes time for every partner in the company to get comfortable with. So those are the main reasons we may want to keep the same version.
Nelson David Sanchez Villasmil | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Altair Inspire

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

AutoCAD

AutoCAD 8.0
Based on 3 answers
Is an extremely usefull and accurate software , yo certainly can do almost every task requiered to document a project drawings and specifications , the only is that to be confortable with it you need a little of practice and to be familiarized with the commands and the core functioning to get expected results.
Nelson David Sanchez Villasmil | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Altair Inspire

Altair Inspire 10.0
Based on 2 answers
When I needed clarification on how do use a feature or best way to define the constraints for a design problem, the response was quick and solved my needs.
Ed Danzer | TrustRadius Reviewer

AutoCAD

AutoCAD 7.1
Based on 27 answers
AutoCAD has the issue of crashing or slowing down the design procedure once a heavy design that includes several disciplines or multiple families/blocks is involved. Customer services gets the feedback from the crash reports but this issue seems like it has never been addressed in the software updates past several years.
Brij Purohit | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Altair Inspire

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

AutoCAD

AutoCAD 8.0
Based on 3 answers
the implementation was realy easy , to set up our workstation we pay for the licenses we are about to use , there was a little bit of delay to get the payment processed to receive the serial but after that the install runs without any problem , so you can fell secure there will be not issue with the implementation.
Nelson David Sanchez Villasmil | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Altair Inspire

Working Model, MathCad, Dynamic Designer, Algor, and Mathlab had poor UI's and poor ways to define actuator and motor motion profiles. The force results and vectors were not easy to input into the FEA software. SOLIDWORKS Motion does not have an excellent way to define a linear actuator or its motion profile.Altair provides a UI that guides you through defining your linear actuator or motor's motion profile quickly.
Ed Danzer | TrustRadius Reviewer

AutoCAD

AutoCAD & Revit are both sold from the same company Autodesk. Revit comes from the point of view of providing powerful tools to create a three-dimensional model where you can extract two-dimensional drawings. AutoCAD, on the other hand, focuses more on providing powerful tools to generate two-dimensional drawings and on the side also offers tools to create a three-dimensional model.
Paul Li | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Altair Inspire

  • We have completed a proof of concept product for disabled people that will be a new market area for our company.
  • We are expanding the number of special projects we will do every year that requires motors and actuators.
  • The only negative is being busier means expanding at a higher rate than expected.
Ed Danzer | TrustRadius Reviewer

AutoCAD

  • AutoCAD is generally a "good ROI" for us and others in our field as it lets us interact cleanly.
  • AutoCAD is expensive, and the hardware requirements make it more so. As a result, we have had to limit our users of the product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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