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Altair Engineering has broadened its relationship with Siemens PLM Software to enable closer collaboration in the exchange of data among product lifecycle management (PLM) teams that use Altair computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools in analysing product designs and materials.

Altair will now offer direct connections to Siemens’ Teamcenter digital lifecycle management software, JT data format and Fibersim software for composites engineering.

Key developments


  • Teamcenter brings document processes into the PLM environment, synchronising them with product development processes and product changes.
  • New functionality in the Hyperworks collaboration tools allows users to either connect to Teamcenter directly from within Hypermesh and the Hyperworks desktop user interface or to work seamlessly by launching Hypermesh from within Teamcenter through the PLM XML interface.
  • This connection provides Hyperworks users with access to information shared via Teamcenter and enables out-of-the-box and active collaboration among teammates on CAE projects without leaving the Hyperworks environment; it also enables users to search and retrieve data directly from the Teamcenter repository.
  • Computer-aided-design (CAD) and bill-of-materials (BOM) files can be retrieved and loaded directly into Hypermesh and the Hyperworks desktop.
  • The PLM XML interface between Teamcenter and Hypermesh enables users to launch Hypermesh directly from Teamcenter with Product BOM and CAE BOM and perform a variety of pre-processing activities.

JT data format

  • A direct interface to the JT data format is now freely available to all Hyperworks users.
  • JT is a lightweight, powerful 3D data format that is used across industries such as automotive and aerospace.
  • The JT format allows engineers to work with smaller, more manageable files that can be imported rapidly and consistently into Altair’s Hypermesh without the use of multiple translators.
  • The JT interface is offered as a standard, out-of-the-box component within Hyperworks.


  • There is now a Hyperworks interface to Fibersim, which is used in the design and manufacture of durable and lightweight composite structures.
  • The interface provides a suite of tools for design engineers to analyse and optimise such structures.
  • Hyperworks users will be able to read the draping and ply data in Fibersim, apply it directly in the analysis of the composite structure and close the loop by providing feedback to the designer.

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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