Altair Inspire™

Accelerate Simulation-Driven Design

Certified Panorama Thanks to Simulation

When planning offices and foyers to showcase the hallmark values of their customers, many architects benefit from the open and inviting atmosphere of glass structures. Faraone, designer and manufacturer of such lightweight structures, used Altair solutions to analyze and redesign support structures for large-scale glass elements, which are the core business of the company. The results are topologically optimized and stiffer aluminum channels that can host the structural glass element. With cost reduction, shorter development times, and design efficiency, this use case from Faraone demonstrates the benefits of simulation technologies in accelerating product development.

Customer Stories

Inspire Introduction 2020

In this course, you will have the opportunity to learn about the Inspire 2020 interface along with tools and workflows contained within Inspire. Modules contained within the course provide detailed descriptions of the tools and workflows within Inspire. You will also have the opportunity to watch and perform hands-on exercises within each module.

eLearning

Explore Design Options and Streamline Manufacturability Using Altair Manufacturing Platform

Designing consumer electronics for mass production requires a team of experts focusing on various aspects of design and manufacturing process. With a fragmented engineering process, exchange of models and information can cost valuable time in a competitive landscape. This webinar presents Altair’s unique Simulation Driven Design platform will shorten your design cycle, time which is pivotal to a company’s success.

Webinars

Digital Twin Design Process for Efficient Development and Operation of a Customized Robot

In a joint project MX3D, ABB, and Altair demonstrated how a 3D printed robot can be improved by using a digital twin process to achieve more precise positioning.

White Papers

Applying large-scale 3D Printing and Digital Twin technologies to the factory floor

ABB, MX3D, and Altair demonstrate how Industry 4.0 will deliver customized manufacturing equipment.

Webinars

Guide to Additive Manufacturing for Medical

Additive manufacturing offers the medical community exciting opportunities to reduce cost and logistical hurdles while improving patient outcomes. Huge leaps in additive manufacturing innovation have been enabled by simulation-driven design. In this guide, we will explore the use of simulation and analysis technology in the medical field to design complex AM solutions, explore material decisions, optimize structures for performance, and ensure that designs can be printed efficiently.

Brochures

Using Altair Software for Simulation-driven Design

The widespread adoption of Altair SimSolid™ has enabled customers to accurately test more ideas during each design iteration. Altair Inspire™ was the first tool to democratize topology optimization. Altair Inspire now embeds the speed and accuracy of SimSolid supporting faster, easier design exploration and product creation for allowing design engineers, product designers, and architects to create and investigate structurally efficient concepts for complex assemblies.

Use Cases

Using Altair Software for Manufacturing

Altair offers a unique set of simulation tools to evaluate product feasibility, optimize the manufacturing process, and run virtual try-outs for many traditional, subtractive, and additive manufacturing processes. Users can validate designs early in the manufacturing process with the simplicity and affordability of the simulation software, as well as use optimization technology with specific manufacturing constraints to design better, more efficient products.

Learn more at altair.com/manufacturing-applications.

Use Cases

SimSolid Simulation at the Speed of Design

Simulation has its greatest impact when done early and often in the design process. Now, SimSolid is reimagining how simulation-driven design is performed.

Presentations

Run Faster, Make Friends and Embrace the Power - HyperWorks Unlimited HPC Appliances

If you want to supercharge your throughput, spend your days making radical improvements and work confidently from an easy-to-use browser - have we got a show for you! Begin the journey to lead your people to triumph and glory as you learn about the joys of unlimited software, supercomputing hardware and a SysAdmin waiting to fulfill your every desire with HyperWorks Unlimited HPC Appliances.

Presentations

Altair Inspire - Unit Cell Lattice Generation

Altair Inspire includes the ability to generate lightweight, unit cell lattice structures for 3D printing. Unit cells can easily be edited, evaluating the structural performance of different design variants in moments.

Use Cases

Driving Design from Concept to Manufacturing with Inspire

Altair Inspire has rapidly advanced from a topology optimization tool for designers to a design environment spanning industrial design, structural simulation and optimization, motion analysis and manufacturing simulation.

Presentations

Enhancing Product Design for Medical Devices

Medical devices of all kinds must be designed to withstand the structural and operational requirements associated with normal use, drop, and misuse, all while balancing weight and cost considerations. This webinar presents Altair’s workflow to enable simulation of structural, thermal, and fluid properties coupled with electromagnetics, and mechatronics in an integrated Multiphysics environment.

Webinars

Altair Inspire - Accelerate Simulation Driven Design

Altair Inspire is a tool that empowers you to create, explore, and study structurally efficient designs. This demo gives a brief overview of Inspire's motion, optimization, modeling, and analysis capabilities.

Use Cases

Altair Inspire - Rapid Design Changes with the Speed and Accuracy of SimSolid

Altair Inspire now integrates Altair SimSolid for fast, accurate structural analysis of complex assemblies, as independently validated by NAFEMS. In this short demonstration we'll show how to analyze the structural performance of an agricultural seeder, applying geometry modifications in seconds.

Use Cases

BOTTPOWER Designs Lightweight Bracket for Motorbike

BOTT stands for “Battle of the Twins,” a racing category for motorbikes with two-cylinder four stroke engines. Bottpower is a Spanish motorsport engineering company located in Valencia. They specialize in designing and building custom motorbikes for racing and street use. They design and build parts, systems, and prototypes for other companies. A project challenge at Bottpower was to design a lightweight stay bracket for their motorbike that could withstand the main and aerodynamic loads. The goal was finding the optimal weight and stiffness ratio to reduce weight while ensuring safety measures. All of this had to be done quickly in order to arrive on time at Addit3D, Spain's most important 3D-print fair, to showcase the bike. The optimal design for aerodynamic loads was found using Altair software.

Customer Stories

Altair for Industrial Design Applications

Altair’s industrial design tools allow designers, architects, and digital artists to create, evaluate, and visualize their vision faster than ever before.

Brochures

Altair for Structures Applications

Altair offers industry-leading engineering analysis and optimization tools from simulation-driven design concepts to detailed virtual product validation, and simplified modeling workflows to advanced high-fidelity model building.

Brochures

Altair Inspire – Altair SimSolid Analysis

Tips and Tricks You can now use SimSolid as your solver when running a structural analysis in Inspire. This gives you the ability to edit geometry, which was not possible in the stand-alone version of SimSolid, as well as yielding significantly faster results when running an analysis in Inspire. Linear static and normal modes analyses are supported when using the SimSolid solver, as well as all boundary conditions and results visualizations. SimSolid extends Inspire’s solver capacity and makes it much faster to analyze large assemblies and complex parts.

Tips & Tricks

Altair Inspire – Toolbelts

Tips and Tricks Inspire now has four toolbelts to help you quickly access the tools you need for geometry, structures, motion, and PolyNURBS. You can use the toolbelts with the default configuration of tools, or you can customize the toolbelts by adding and removing tools.

Tips & Tricks

Altair Inspire – Plot Manager

Tips and Tricks A new Plot Manager is now available which makes it easy for you to manually browse and plot motion results data, create cross plots (i.e. data vs. data), define pages in different layouts, and save the plots you've defined as a template for reuse.

Tips & Tricks

Altair Inspire – Pressure Mapping

Tips and Tricks Pressure Mapping: It is now possible to apply a non-uniform distributed pressure using an option in the Pressure tool’s micro dialog.

Tips & Tricks

Altair Inspire – Download Offline Help

Tips and Tricks You can now download and install an offline help package from within the product by selecting File > Help > Download Offline Help.

Tips & Tricks

Additive Manufacturing for Production

The Additive Manufacturing for Production survey conducted by TCT Magazine in association with Altair set out to understand the community’s desire and readiness for the much-promised land of series production using additive technologies. This collaboration between TCT and Altair was designed to understand the needs of the community in terms of current production capabilities, rate-limiting steps and areas of the technology that they believe needs improvement.

Technical Papers

Training - Mechanism Design & Analysis Using Inspire

With Altair Inspire Motion we can link components of a mechanism together using various types of joints and contacts to simulate the real-world connections in an assembly.

Webinars

Simulation-Driven Design for Additive Manufacturing

This webinar will take you through the concept and roadmap phase, all the way to the manufacturing process - all within Altair Inspire and Inspire Print 3D, a revolutionary generative design and 3D printing simulation environment that solves real world production challenges. Learn how to rapidly visualize production defects, rectify problems to avoid downstream production issues, save product weight, reduce material consumption and cost all through the use of intelligent complementary design technologies.

Webinars

Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance Uses Altair SimSolid to Bring Vehicles Chassis Faster onto the Road

Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance is a French-Japanese strategic partnership between the automobile manufacturers Renault (based in France), Nissan (based in Japan) and Mitsubishi Motors (based in Japan). Today, the automotive group has 122 manufacturing plants worldwide with nearly 450,000 employees controlling ten major brands: Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Infiniti, Renault Samsung, Dacia, Alpine, Datsun, Venucia, and Lada. The ambition of the alliance is to offer autonomous drive, connectivity features, and services on a wide range of affordable vehicles. As part of the Renault Chassis Le Mans plant, which is building car-to-ground connecting components for the Renault Group and for the Alliance, the CTC Chassis Technical Center is a CAD engineering center where 350 engineers and technicians are working with a focus on testing and validation. Renault has been using SimSolid to perform simulations to develop lighter chassis faster.

Customer Stories

Taking Off with Simulation

New airborne solutions are being developed to accommodate one or more persons for air travel. Explorations including large drones, small helicopters, airplanes, and flying cars will enable companies to respond to the demand for Personal Air Mobility (PAM). The team at Talaria was founded by students at the Delft University of Technology. The idea for Talaria’s Individual Air Mobility project began at the end of 2017. Founder Philipp Essle heard about the Boeing GoFly competition which rewarded the best designs for a one-person aircraft. Talaria’s mission is to develop an electrically driven PAM that can take-off and land vertically in urban environments. Talaria is using Altair Inspire to check whether material and weight could be reduced through topology optimization. This approach resulted in a significant 1.5-kilogram weight reduction of the rotor hubs.

Customer Stories

Rapidly Improve Your Product's Design Using Altair Inspire with SimSolid Integration

Inspire's award winning user experience for geometry creation and modification can be learned in just a few hours, and delivers dependable Altair solver power. Structural analysis with SimSolid's speed and accuracy - as independently validated by NAFEMS - provides the ability to analyze large assemblies and complex parts.

Tutorials, Use Cases

Inspire 2019 Introduction

In this course, you will have the opportunity to learn about the Inspire 2019 interface along with tools and workflows contained within Inspire. Modules contained within the course provide detailed descriptions of the tools and workflows within Inspire. You will also have the opportunity to watch and perform hands-on exercises within each module.

eLearning

Engineer's Guide to Developing an Additive Manufacturing Strategy

This guide walks you through the decision-making process of taking additive manufacturing to production, answering some of the most important questions related to taking additive manufacturing to production

White Papers

Generative Design Gallery

Watch the video to learn how Altair enables designs for production, moving additive manufacturing from an advanced capability to a production capacity with the power of simulation.

Videos

Development of A new vehicle front sub-frame using Altair Inspire topology optimization

Presentation by Edan Lazerson, CAE Engineer, Plasan. The Stormrider is a new vehicle which was designed from scratch and developed by Plasan. Altair Inspire was used for Topology optimization In order to find the ""best"" design for the vehicle front sub frame. The available volume (design space), 5 different load cases and target mass were specified and the optimization software calculated geometry to maximize stiffness. The optimization results were complex to manufacture with traditional technologies; the simulation and design teams collaborated on designing a manufacturable front sub frame assembly. The new design was simulated to ensure it will withstand all the required loads. The front sub frame was implemented and tested on the prototype vehicle. The optimized front sub frame proved mechanically sound, while satisfying the mass and geometrical requirements. The early stage optimization reduced the development time, by creating a valid geometry however, the topology to manufacturable design process is not trivial. In this presentation, we will present the mentioned development stages and compare the test results to the simulation predictions. Presentation at the ATCx in Israel, Netanya on October 30, 2019.

ATC Presentations

The C123 Process - A Rapid Simulation Process to Optimise the Weight & Performance Attributes of a BIW Structure

Dr. Stuart Bates, Concept Technical Specialist at Altair presents at the UK e-Mobility seminar 2019. Rapid Exploration of Packaging Alternatives e.g. Battery System Layout, Battery Frame / BIW Integration. Developing Balance Design (Weight vs Attribute Performance), Target Setting using Simulation.

Presentations, Videos

Altair Inspire – Joint Coupler

Rotational and/or translational movements of connected parts in your motion model can now be coupled together with the Couplers tool.

Tips & Tricks

Altair Inspire –Top Bottom Mid Surface Extraction

Top bottom mid surface extraction in Altair Inspire.

Tips & Tricks

Transformative Flight Transportation: Challenges Become Opportunities

Advances in energy storage, motor efficiency, and flight control systems have us on the potential cusp of a revolution in air mobility. This comes at a time when many traditional transportation infrastructures are saturated and new modes of mobility are desperately needed. The presentation will provide an overview of recent developments in urban- and extended-air-mobility and discuss the hurdles that must be overcome, not only technical obstacles but also challenges in regulations, societal acceptance, and business. It will provide context with an overview of our own technical challenges and successes, from the imminent Transition® to the aspirational TF-X.

ATC Presentations

Human Plus Machine: How Sarcos is Revolutionizing the Future of Work with Industrial Robotics

With the prospect of increasing labor shortages among a wide variety of industries, combined with the significant costs of occupational injuries and the ever-increasing pressure to increase productivity, leading robotics company, Sarcos is in a unique position to deploy industrial robotics designed to increase productivity while eliminating injuries, by augmenting rather than replacing human workers. Chris Beaufait, COO of Sarcos, discusses the current robotics landscape, why automation is not the right solution to the problems industries are facing, how Sarcos and its product lineup - including the full body, fully powered Guardian XO exoskeleton - will play a critical role in defining the workforce of tomorrow, and his vision for the robotics industry over the next five to 10 years.

ATC Presentations

The Key Role of Simulation in Development of Aluminum Profiles and Study of Glass Structures in Shorter Design Time

This presentation discusses advancements of the range and quality of products in the last few years at Faraone, thanks to the adoption of both Altair Inspire and SimSolid. SimSolid is a great tool that allows Faraone to study and refine the design of complex structures and a variety of different products, not just glass balustrades. In less than half an hour, it makes it possible to analyze and verify a three-story glass staircase, directly from the 3D CAD file, a simulation that would normally requires about half a day. Additionally, Moreover the original CAD drawing does not need simplification, SimSolid® works directly from the 3D CAD file, allowing fewer issues, and a better, final solution.

ATC Presentations

Design for Additive Manufacturing with Topology Optimization

Presentation by Avishai Warszawski, Mechanical Designer at IAI, Israel Aerospace Industries at the ATCx in Israel, Netanya on October 30, 2019. The goal of this project is to design a lightweight and stiff support bracket for delicate coaxes which are attached to an electronic unit. The machining design of this bracket, although very light in weight, did not provide the required stiffness and was also very expensive to manufacture. The best approach for design was only realized after the AM team was requested to find a solution. Topology optimization with Altair tools was used to define the best shape that provides the best solution. Finally, the bracket was printed in an SLM machine from AlSi10Mg. In the near future it will be qualified by dynamic tests in accordance with the defined environmental loads.

ATC Presentations

Hyperworks X Highlights & Future

Presentation by Sergi Chanukaev, Country Managing Director, Altair Israel, at the ATCx in Israel, Netanya on October 30, 2019.

ATC Presentations

Solid Modeling of a Mechanical Part

A short workflow illustrating the power of solid modeling and editing in Inspire Studio, applied to a junction pipe with flanges.

Videos

Create and Control NURBS Curves & Surfaces

Utilize Non-uniform Rational B-Splines (NURBS) curves and surfaces to accurately represent even the most complex shapes with flexibility and precision.

Videos

Inspire Motion 2019

In this course you will have the opportunity to learn about Inspire Motion. Modules contained within the course provide detailed descriptions of the tools and workflows within Inspire Motion. You will also have the opportunity to watch and perform hands on exercises.

eLearning

Quadcopters: From System Modeling to Real-Time Simulator

Presenter: John Straetmans, Computer Engineering Student, University of Michigan

This project attempts to build an accurate real-time (RT) drone simulator through the full integration of a 1D functional model of a drone created in Altair Activate®, along with its corresponding geometry, into Unreal Engine via the Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI) standard. Then, VR, peripheral controllers, and other functionalities were added to the representation. This task was accomplished by modifying the Altair RT Vehicle Package, making it able to handle not just vehicles, but any system model located in an FMU for co-simulation, in this case a quadcopter model. Once the FMU containing the Altair Activate® drone model was successfully loaded into Unreal Engine, the tools provided by the application allow additional features to be added, such as VR support. By implementing an FMU, together with its geometry, into Unreal Engine, we can visually analyze the dynamics of the system to further verify the drone model and its performance. In the future, this integration process should be facilitated to automatically load any FMU following just a few steps.

ATC Presentations, Videos

Altair MBD: Celebrating Accomplishments, What's Next

Presenter: Michael Hoffmann, Sr Vice President of Math & Systems, Altair

In this presentation, Michael Hoffmann, Sr Vice President, shares the company’s vision & strategy for Altair’s Math & Systems tools for Model-Based Development – based on providing an open platform tightly connecting 0D to 1D to 3D modeling & simulation. At different stages of their product development cycles, engineers can model and simulate their increasingly complex products as multi-disciplinary systems by using equations, block diagrams, and/or 3D CAD geometry. His scope includes Altair Compose™, Altair Activate™, Altair Embed™, and Altair MotionSolve™ as well as the multi-body motion capabilities in Altair Inspire™. He also spotlights several recent success stories about customers who have used these technologies to drive innovation through simulation.

ATC Presentations, Videos

eBook: Learn Casting and Solidification with Altair Inspire Cast

This eBook is aimed at helping those engineers, foundrymen, and researchers to help gain knowledge in a short period of time and focus on obtaining a practical understanding of the software, basic knowledge of casting techniques and simulations as opposed to real-life experimentation.

eBooks, Training Materials

eBook: Simulation-Driven Design with Altair Inspire

Inspire, the industry's most powerful and easy-to-use Generative Design/Topology Optimization and rapid simulation solution for design engineers empowers its users by creating and investigating structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily.

eBooks