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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

Siemens PLM Teamcenter

Well suited for:
  • Enterprise companies who want to enforce a specific workflow to get products from concept to production;
  • Companies who have a large workforce that do not talk to each other in person but communicate product data between departments in the form of datapacks.
Not Well Suited for:
  • Companies and individuals who have very few products of which many are very simple. The cost is just not justified for these.
  • Companies without an IT department to manage the Teamcenter software (it is a lot of work and requires a full-time administrator).
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

Siemens PLM Teamcenter

  • Teamcenter tracks & creates revisions pretty well, but that is after much customization we've done to it.
  • Quite a bit of search power, although very complicated and challenging to use the search features.
  • A database that can be integrated with ERP systems, but that does require much code writing and an SOA system.
  • Document security -- not sure if these features are out-of-the-box or customizations, but this capability is highly valuable to protect IP.
William Pinson | 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

Siemens PLM Teamcenter

  • Within the NX CAD package, there are often various little bugs and glitches that we come across in daily use. We generally submit incident reports to Siemens on these.
  • In general, the Teamcenter software package lacks ease of use, general users within the department require frequent intervention and help from higher users for seemingly simple tasks.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Altair Inspire

No score
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Siemens PLM Teamcenter

Siemens PLM Teamcenter 8.8
Based on 8 answers
Because of our current customer needs, we will most likely maintain use of Siemens PLM products for some time. Aside from the initial software cost, we pay for yearly maintenance. Maintaining our yearly maintenance licensing with Siemens, we receive access to all of the latest software releases, as well as premier technical support
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Altair Inspire

No score
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Siemens PLM Teamcenter

Siemens PLM Teamcenter 6.0
Based on 3 answers
As previously mentioned, due to the intense amount of features and modules present in the software, the usability of the software suffers greatly. Many of the features are not used in our context, and many of the modules are not purchased, but the options are still present on the interface leading to a lot of clutter, much of which is never used. The interfaces suffer from a lack of design and tend to feel like a conglomerate of Windows 98 elements.
Anonymous | 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

Siemens PLM Teamcenter

Siemens PLM Teamcenter 10.0
Based on 4 answers
I have never personally dealt with Siemens customer support, but the consultants who did the initial setup of Siemens PLM (Teamcenter) did a really great job in answering all of our support queries in record time. Many of the queries were directed back to Siemens and answers were given via the consultants; this process never took more than 24 hours and usually solved the problems we had.
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

Siemens PLM Teamcenter

Siemens PLM software is a complete packgage that fully inegrates PLM, CAD, CAE, and CAM. It drove effciency, innovation, and workflows within my organization. Each individual piece of software is either the leader in its own area of functionality or comparable to the competition that I have used previously.
Matt Gill | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Altair Inspire

No score
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Siemens PLM Teamcenter

Siemens PLM Teamcenter 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It's a very robust and mature tool. The only thing that would make it better is the have a version embrace the cloud, which I'm sure is underway, but it's complicated, so it will take more time. But when it's done, look out. It will be near-perfect!
Rick Stavanja | 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

Siemens PLM Teamcenter

  • Decreased time to process ECNs with electronic workflow and notifications
  • Ability to track status of ECNs has given us a better overview of the health of our process and resource constraints
  • Version control for released items going through revision has reduced risk of manufacturing the wrong revision
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Altair Inspire

General

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

Siemens PLM Teamcenter

General

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

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