Feb 7, 2018 | By Tess

Altair, a Michigan-based engineering software company, has released Inspire 2018, the latest version of its simulation-driven design software. The software is aimed at designers and engineers who require a program that includes generative design & optimization tools, and simulation capabilities.

As a simulation-based design tool, Inspire 2018 offers its users the ability to accomplish a wide variety of tasks, including:

  • Quickly and efficiently assembling mechanical systems, and simulating them to automatically fix any issues with the design and its load-bearing capabilities 
  • Generating 3D designs that meet weight requirements based on specific additive manufacturing processes using Altair’s topology optimization technology
  • Comparing the performances of different design concepts using simulation tools — this feature is capable of comparing static loads, normal modes, and buckling
  • Directly exporting 3D models and CAD files to 3D printers for the production of high-performance parts

“Inspire 2018 enables designers and engineers to leverage simulation in new and inventive ways to accelerate the development of high-performance, innovative products,” said James Dagg, Altair’s CTO of User Experience. “Inspire integrates well into large manufacturing enterprises for rapid simulation and lightweighting insights, and has an intuitive user experience that is ideal for small and medium-size businesses with little or no simulation experience.”

The new software also integrates a number of updates and improvements for user-friendliness, such as the ability to generate optimized lattice and mixed solid structures and then easily export them as STL files for 3D printing, as well as a new overhang shape control feature which helps to reduce the amount of overhangs in a 3D model and replace them with self-supporting structures.

“In order to stay competitive while pushing the innovation envelope, simulation must drive the entire design process from the early concept design phase all the way through to production.,” commented Andy Bartels, Inspire Program Manager. “We continue to add tools to make Inspire more beneficial to its users in each step of the design process.”

Altair’s new Inspire 2018 software is currently available as an application, but will be made available as a cloud-based tool later this year. “Branded as Inspire Unlimited, the cloud offering of Inspire will include additional functionality such as secure data management, team collaboration tools, and on-demand high-performance computing (HPC),” added Dagg.



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