innovative design
can make
anything lighter

Altair develop and implement intelligent simulation technologies that allow you to significantly reduce the weight of your products, saving cost, fuel and C02 emissions, but how do we do it?

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simulation-driven design

In the traditional design process, computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided engineering (CAE) tools are used sequentially. The designer authors the geometry in CAD and verifies using CAE.

Video: What is simulation driven design?

Instead of taking a product that's already been designed and just try to shave off material, we take a different approach which we call 'simulation driven design' where CAD and CAE are deployed in parallel.

Using our optimization technologies our clients can define a design space, an area where the component must fit in the structure, including data of any holes or access points required. Loads are applied to the design space along with manufacturing constraints and other variables, allowing our technology to suggests the best possible material layout which meets the predetermined performance targets.

Over the last decade, Altair has pioneered Simulation Driven Design to generate innovative design solutions for our clients. It has resulted in products that exhibit minimum weight and outstanding performance in industry leading timescales.


let optimization
the design

Like you, we believe in getting things right first time. By applying simulation technologies upfront in the design process and allowing it to inform product development activities means you can meet your product performance targets at minimum weight.


intelligent technology

Altair develops software solutions that enable your users to design high performance, weight efficient structures.

Video: SolidThinking Inspire

for concept design

solidThinking Inspire is a breakthrough in digital product development delivering simulation-driven design tools in a friendly and intuitive environment. Design engineers and architects use Inspire to generate and explore structurally efficient concepts in the earliest phases of the design process. Inspire generates the ideal shape for a design given the package space, material properties and the loading requirements.

Video: HyperWorks' OptiStruct

for detailed design

Altair's HyperWorks suite is a computer-aided engineering (CAE) simulation software platform that allows businesses to create superior, market-leading products efficiently and cost effectively. HyperWorks offers optimization for both concept studies and design fine-tuning stages of a multi-disciplinary product design cycle. Altair OptiStruct is the award-winning integrated analysis and optimization tool that has concept design and design fine-tuning capabilities for structures.



Our virtual design solutions and optimization technologies enable your architects, designers, simulation experts and engineers to develop minimum mass, weight optimized products without compromising performance.


engineering experts

Altair began life as a product design services company and the knowledge of real world product
development and understanding of manufacturing processes and constraints has never been lost.

Video: What makes Altair ProductDesign?

Altair ProductDesign is staffed by over 700 engineers throughout the world. The team pioneers the use of the very latest optimization techniques and processes that deliver innovative solutions for our clients' product weight challenges.

Video: Combining human & computer creativity

The team works across industry, allowing us to use processes and techniques from one industry and apply them to another. As a result, we've taken composite design techniques from the aerospace industry and applied them to passenger vehicles, and optimization processes from automotive and applied them to consumer goods.


not your average
software company

But we're not just another software developer. With more than 2,000 engineers in over 15 countries, our team develop optimization and product light weighting strategies that fit seamlessly within your existing design processes.


real world examples

Take a look at these examples of companies that have used our
technologies and design processes to reduce the weight of their products.


Reducing aircraft weight by 500kg

Using optimization to remove mass from the A380's leading edge droop nose wing ribs. The new design successfully reduced the weight of the aircraft by 500kg.

Kanto Auto Works

Topology optimization for lighter plastic parts

Using Altair technology to improve rigidity and heat resistance of plastic car parts which realized a 20% reduction in weight


Reducing Weight of Snowmobile Structures up to 40%

Altair’s solidThinking Inspire, coupled with OptiStruct, utilized in the earliest phase of the design process to deliver significant weight savings and a shortened design process.


Lighter vehicles with composite components

Optimization technology applied to a composite B-pillar to minimize weight while maximizing stiffness and strength.


Minimizing weight of a lunar lander

Altair technology used to provide conceptual design ideas necessary to reduce an ATK Lunar Lander Module weight and meet stringent design requirements.


Developing a lightweight, hydraulic hybrid bus

Simulation driven design delivers an innovative new bus platform, 10% lighter than a conventional diesel vehicle and twice as fuel efficient.

Alex Thomson Racing

Composite optimization of a coach roof

Development of a racing yacht coach roof, designed to offer protection from waves crashing over the deck while remaining highly robust and lightweight.

TPI Composites

Composites lightweight border patrol vehicle

Utilizing concept optimization techniques to replace traditional steel components with lightweight composite materials, without impact to performance.

University of Michigan

Composite optimization of a solar powered car

The University of Michigan worked with Altair's technologies to successfully minimize the weight of a solar car's body and chassis by 90kg

Gordon Murray Design

Overcoming the challenges of composite design

Using simulation technology to analyse the performance of composite materials for high volume vehicles.

Tallent Automotive

Reducing chassis mass by 25%

An automated system to facilitate efficient use of optimization technology. Recent projects produced a 25% mass reduction on chassis components.

LNG Carriers

Reducing vessel weight & operating costs

Development of an innovative lightweight liquid natural gas tank that minimizes sloshing loads and reduces operating costs.



From automotive and aerospace to marine, electronics and consumer goods, our virtual design solutions, supported by our product development specialists, deliver lighter, more fuel efficient products every day.


what's next?

See how manufacturers are utilizing Altair's simulation-driven design approach to minimize the weight of products throughout industry in this 20 minute video.

View the session and learn:

How Airbus saved 500kg per aircraft

How Shanghai Automotive developed
the Roewe 550 in just 12 months

How optimization helped deliver a bus
with twice the fuel economy of its peers

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