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Solidthinking, part of Altair Engineering, has released Inspire 9.0, the latest version of its simulation-driven product development software.

Inspire 9.0 is claimed to provide design engineers and architects with an intuitive environment that enables the exploration of structurally efficient concepts in the early phases of the design process.

According to Andrew Bartels, program manager for Solidthinking Inspire, the software enables users to rapidly generate design spaces and to arrive at efficient design concepts while improving both static and dynamic stiffness and reducing weight.

Key features and enhancements

  • Sketching tools — users can build simple design spaces by modifying or creating new solid parts using line, rectangle, circle and arc sketching tools
  • Boolean operations — new solid objects can be created by performing Boolean operations to combine, subtract or intersect sets of objects
  • Maximum thickness control — users can control wall thickness and the diameters of beam-like structures in a generated shape by specifying a minimum and/or maximum thickness
  • Frequency targets — design concepts can be optimised to maximise or meet specified frequency targets
  • Faster shape exploration — the shape exploration function is now controlled by a single material slider
  • View controls — in one click, users can switch between perspective and orthogonal views to enable more precise sketching; models also can be aligned to the closest principal axis when oriented arbitrarily
  • Improved geometry capture — a powerful new internal algorithm results in higher-quality design concepts
  • Altair Hyperworks integration — files generated by Inspire can be exported to Hypermesh for validation and advanced structural analyses
  • 64-bit support — a 64-bit executable is available for Windows 7, Vista and XP

Altair Engineering

Altair Engineering is a leading global product design, consulting and commercial software Company that allows businesses to synthesize and optimize designs processes and decisions for improved business performance. Altair provide services such as product engineering, industrial design, technical staffing, Hyper Works solutions, and analytics solutions by consistently delivering a competitive advantage to its clients across industry.

Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,000 employees, Altair has more than 45 offices in 24 countries throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific.

With a 30-year track record for product design, advanced engineering software, on-demand computing technologies and enterprise analytics solutions, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to more than 5,000 corporate clients representing the automotive, aerospace, government and defence, and consumer products verticals. Altair also has a growing client presence in the life sciences, financial services and energy markets.

Altair’s design suites impact product design from the earliest conceptual design stages through product performance optimization. It has resulted in products that exhibit minimum weight and outstanding performance in industry leading timescales. Altair has pioneered simulation-driven technologies to generate innovative design solutions for our clients:

HyperWorks is a simulation platform for rapid design exploration and decision-making. As the most comprehensive, open-architecture computer-aided engineering solutions in the industry, HyperWorks allow businesses to create superior, market-leading products efficiently and cost effectively.

solidThinking is an Altair wholly owned subsidiary that creates, develops and markets technology that helps the design community bring the most desirable products to market faster. Products include Inspire, to explore structurally efficient concepts, and Evolve for modeling and rendering.

PBS Works is a suite of on-demand, cloud computing technologies that allows enterprise clients to maximize their ROI on computing infrastructure assets. PBS Works is the most widely implemented workload management environment for grid-, cluster- and on-demand computing worldwide.

Altair ProductDesign is a global product development consultancy of more than 700 designers, engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers. This organization is best known for its leadership in simulation-driven design to help clients bring innovative, profitable products to market faster.

Altair’s patented on-demand software licensing system leads all software business models in providing both value and flexibility. Our centralized unit-based licensing model means multiple users can access our software anytime from anywhere. Software customers can run multiple applications across all of our technology suites simultaneously for a flat rate, rather than paying for each license in use.

Altair employees worldwide share a tremendous pride in the entrepreneurial spirit and corporate culture based on transparency, honesty, innovation, and integrity. This brings high value solutions for clients which integrate hardware, software, user experience and services.

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