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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

Vectorworks Fundamentals

It is perfectly suited for residential work, and work where the project requires integrated 2d and 3d. It is terrible for integrated energy modeling. This needs to be fixed immediately.
Nathan Kipnis, FAIA | 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

Vectorworks Fundamentals

  • 3D modeling - no need to start in SketchUp or other more rudimentary programs.
  • Seamless import/export with other programs - ideal communication with consultants.
  • Superb customer service, training, and tech support.
Peter Exley | 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

Vectorworks Fundamentals

  • The program is getting a little 'fat', and needs to be slimmed down. It is starting to bog down a bit when doing certain functions. The program of late is more buggy then we are used to seeing.
  • I like how smooth Sketchup is in 3D. It would be great to get VW's to be more responsive in 3D.
  • The space tool is very clunky.
  • I would be great if a texture map could be a video and not just a still image. We could really use that.
  • PLEASE get the energy modeling capabilities up to speed. It needs to be much more intuitive and NOT based on Passive House standards. Please include a clear output for a projects Energy Use Intensity (EUI) and how a project is doing relative to the 2030 Commitment.
Nathan Kipnis, FAIA | 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

Vectorworks Fundamentals

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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

Vectorworks Fundamentals

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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

Vectorworks Fundamentals

  • Subscription model ensures we always have the latest versions - per-seat license is very affordable.
  • Training costs are low (i.e. new hires get up to speed quickly).
Peter Exley | 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

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Vectorworks Fundamentals

General

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

Vectorworks Fundamentals Editions & Modules

Edition
Subscription$108.001
Perpetual License$2617.00
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