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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.
SimScale has a quick learning ramp. This is due to the excellent staff at SimScale. I've had interns in their 2nd year of a BSME degree pick this program up and solve some difficult incompressible flow simulations. They love it and I love that we can iterate so quickly on a tool that doesn't stop their other design work. We can run a simulation and get back to designing in CAD. We get notified when the simulation is done. It's great! Give it a try for free and see for yourself.
- 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.
- Amazing support team to help with modeling and troubleshooting
- Database of example projects is great for gaining ideas on how different scenarios can be modeled within the tool
- Affordable CFD tool - with computing done in the cloud it allows for complicated modeling to be done without expensive equipment!
- The browser interface is much more intuitive and faster to learn and use than many other CFD tools. Significantly easier than OpenFOAM, which is its backend.
- Great training for new users
- Learning from tutorials is great, but limiting. The online help is a must.
- Some simulations take a lot of time, but at least it's not on your PC.
- Sometimes the software times out due to the server.
Altair Inspire 10.0
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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.
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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.
SimScale is much faster to spin up on than OpenFOAM. Ansys CFD tools are much more expensive! Both tools require expensive computing equipment to run, which SimScale does not!
Return on Investment
- 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.
- We saved approximately $30k using this SaaS.
- Running on the cloud saved us from buying expensive workstations.
- Easy to use. We didn't need a CFD expert in-house for training. We now have outsourced the training to SimScale for just the membership cost.
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Entry-level set up fee?
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Entry-level set up fee?