We are a small company that designs and build products using actuator and motors. Some are simple where weight is not essential, and the …
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Altair Inspire, developed by SolidThinking which was acquired by Altair, is software for Generative Design/Topology Optimization, and rapid simulation solution for design engineers. It is designed to enhance the concept development process by enabling simulation-driven design to increase a product’s efficiency, strength and manufacturability. This can lead to reduced costs, development time, material consumption, and product weight.
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We are a small company that designs and build products using actuator and motors. Some are simple where weight is not essential, and the forces are not high, so simple math and sketches will provide adequate product design information. Some of our products are very weight sensitive and have more complex movements and loading cases. These products demand to do finite element analysis before any building gets started. The problem we ran into in 1996 was defining the forces and force vectors to put into the FEA software to get usable results. Over the years, we have tried several different kinematic simulation software with marginal results.
- 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.
- Currently, we have to import the SOLIDWORKS assembly and reposition it in space.
- Currently, there are no mesh refinement capabilities.
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.
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.