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Altair Inspire

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What is Altair Inspire?

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…

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What is Altair Inspire?

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…

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Product Demos

Altair Inspire Mold Webinar - Revolutionise Your Injection Moulding Design Process with Simulation

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Accelerating Simulation-Driven Design with Altair Inspire™

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Altair Inspire Studio Webinar 2020

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Alfredo Jimenez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Incentivized
The software is used to generate 3D simulations that allow evaluating the total feasibility of a product at a technical level. Plus this software is incredibly intuitive and really does provide a great finished product. The software runs relatively quickly and will usually throw an error right away, which is a nice feature.
  • Ability to use Nurbs-style modeling to analyze freeform designs.
  • I was quickly able to model the exact scenario I wanted to optimize and get accurate results for what I wanted to achieve.
  • I think the tools to create CAD are a bit difficult to use. Consequently, it is now easier to develop the part in other software, which is bad since we need to use more than one tool at a time.
This software is incredibly intuitive and really does provide a great finished product. The software runs relatively quickly and will usually throw an error right away, which is a nice feature. I didn't use the geometry editing parts of the software, but it looks promising to be able to edit files directly in the program.
  • Easy interface, works great for my needs.
  • The ability to create natural flowing structures that have engineering data to support the style.
  • In my personal opinion, we think that this product does not have any negative aspect that makes us feel very uncomfortable.
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
Incentivized
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.
  • 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.
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.
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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