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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

Navisworks

Navisworks is a key tool if doing any 3D model coordination with other trades. It will allow you to view your model content with others to know for certain that your design is accurate and can be assembled. Navisworks also comes with a lot of additional tools to make this process easy.
Aaron James | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Project & Field Management

Altair Inspire
Navisworks
7.4
Plan distribution & viewing
Altair Inspire
Navisworks
8.3
Plan markups & sharing
Altair Inspire
Navisworks
7.6
Issue tracking & punchlists
Altair Inspire
Navisworks
8.2
Photo documentation
Altair Inspire
Navisworks
6.3
Jobsite reports
Altair Inspire
Navisworks
6.4
Document sharing
Altair Inspire
Navisworks
7.3
RFI tools
Altair Inspire
Navisworks
5.1
Collaboration & approvals
Altair Inspire
Navisworks
7.7
As-built drawings
Altair Inspire
Navisworks
8.2
Mobile app
Altair Inspire
Navisworks
7.2
Submittal design and management
Altair Inspire
Navisworks
8.7

Estimating

Altair Inspire
Navisworks
5.8
Takeoff tools
Altair Inspire
Navisworks
6.4
Job costing
Altair Inspire
Navisworks
7.0
Cost databases
Altair Inspire
Navisworks
7.0
Cost calculator
Altair Inspire
Navisworks
4.5
Bid creation
Altair Inspire
Navisworks
4.0

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

Navisworks

  • Model Viewing, the navigation tools are really easy to use for walking through the model, especially if viewpoints are set up for key locations.
  • The take-offs work really well and can be very quick and easy if the model was built right.
christian Maxwell | 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

Navisworks

  • A link to BIM 360 Model Coordination is a serious shortcoming. It used to be easy to link to models loaded to BIM 360 Glue for more in depth clash detection.
  • I would have liked the ability to export a simulation created in Navisworks to 3DS Max for a more immersive animation with decent material mapping and better animation tools.
  • I would like to be able to view/create BIM 306 Docs/Field issues directly in Navisworks. In the current workflow we have to use other file formats to work within BIM 360. It would be more productive to be able to navigate the model through Navisworks and to create viewpoints and issues from within Navisworks.
Roelie Oelofse | 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

Navisworks

Navisworks 7.4
Based on 11 answers
Autodesk owns Navisworks, and it seems to have a pretty good support network. A lot of the troubleshooting or support information is provided through an online database, so you most likely would not be getting any personal attention with your issues. Since there are so many users for Navisworks, there is a lot of information on the web.
Anonymous | 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

Navisworks

It can integrate many different types of file formats of all types of design including architectural, structural, interior, MEP. It has good ability to make walk through videos and make it inclusion with the timeline. Clash detection is the main feature which sets it apart from the other software. No other programs has as effective clash detection as Navisworks.
Malhar Modi, LEED AP, CMIT | 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

Navisworks

  • It helps in coordination on BIM projects. We have had major project coordination saving millions on jobs.
  • Helps us win more projects as we can coordinate them
  • Used to use the animation tools for site logistics. Now we use game engines.
Lennart Andersson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Altair Inspire

General

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

Altair Inspire Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Navisworks

General

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

Navisworks Editions & Modules

Edition
Simulate$115.001
Manage$285.001
  1. Per User Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Altair Inspire
10.0
Navisworks
9.2

Support Rating

Altair Inspire
10.0
Navisworks
7.4

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