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.

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Injection Molding EGuide

Design for Manufacturing

Although the overall injection molding process appears straight forward, the interrelationship between the numerous variables at each step is complex.

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3D Printing

3D Printing

Altair Inspire Print3D enables teams to cut product development and additive manufacturing costs by reducing material usage, print times, and post-processing. It provides a fast and accurate toolset for the design and process simulation of selective laser melting (SLM) parts. The easy-to-use advanced thermo-mechanical simulation enables design engineers to develop parts ready for additive manufacturing. By capturing behavior independent of the printer type, designers can evaluate and easily modify critical process variables.

Injection Molding

Injection Molding

Altair Inspire Mold is a modern, integrated software to streamline design for manufacturing (DfM) of injection molded components. Fast, accurate simulations answer the question “will it fill?” for even large, complex parts in under an hour. Identify potential manufacturing defects early in the development process and make better, more informed design decisions. Leap from manufacturing “know how” to “know why” and deliver superior products, reduce scrap, and slash tooling rework costs. Additionally, Altair Inspire PolyFoam simulates the polyurethane foaming process.



Altair’s offering includes a fast casting process simulation software that allows the user to enhance and optimize their manufactured components in order to avoid typical casting defects. Altair Inspire Cast is a simulation environment focused on creating high-quality components with increased profitability through a highly intuitive user experience catering to beginners and experts alike. Additional casting simulations products are accessible through the Altair Partner Alliance.

Altair Material Data Center, a high-fidelity material database for simulation

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Metal Forming

Metal Forming

Altair Inspire Form is a sheet metal forming simulation software that enables users to optimize their products for manufacturing, with the consideration of early formability, material utilization and cost. Cold and hot sheet metal forming, tube bending, hydroforming, and composite forming are supported. Run early manufacturing feasibility analysis within seconds or perform advanced process validation, optimization, and virtual try-outs leveraging an accurate, highly-scalable solution.



Every extrusion company is looking to eliminate costly prototypes and reduce redesign cycles. With Altair, advanced physics simulations are now accessible to organizations of all sizes. Altair Inspire Extrude is a simulation solution for both metal and polymer extrusion. It helps achieve productivity gains by reducing product development costs and improve extrusion quality, increasing production yield. Lower scrap rates can be achieved by exploring process improvements on a virtual press.

Process Manufacturing

Process Manufacturing

Altair EDEM™ software is being used by top-tier process manufacturing companies in the pharmaceutical, chemical, consumer packaged goods, and asphalt industries worldwide to optimize the performance of equipment handling and processing bulk solids. EDEM enables companies to accurately simulate and analyze the behavior of particles, from powders to tablets, providing key information on processes otherwise difficult or sometimes impossible to measure.

Altair Partner Alliance (APA) Solutions for Manufacturing

Further enhance your manufacturing with partner products from the APA. APA manufacturing solutions feature integration with Altair workflows to help improve the product development lifecycle.

  • For metal additive manufacturing, Amphyon by Additive Works is a powerful tool for simulation-based job preparation that enhances part accuracy and minimizes failure rates.
  • Complement Altair’s topology optimization with Materialise’s 3-matic software that works on an STL level to allow users to modify designs, remesh, create 3D textures, and more.
  • AFDEX by MFRC is the ideal tool to meet your forging simulation needs and better predict metal forming loads.

These tools and more available are available through your Altair Units license.

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Featured Resources

Mass Optimization of a 3D Printed, Small Series Prototype e-Drive Housing at Porsche

In his presentation, Sebastian Wachter of Porsche takes us through an exciting project where topology optimisation technologies were combined with 3D printing to create a highly innovative engine-gearbox housing that is 10% lighter than the existing component and twice as stiff.



Alstom coupled topology optimization with additive manufacturing to explore the feasibility of alternate manufacturing to traditional casting. This resulted in a 70% weight reduction of its locomotive component.

Customer Stories

Ford Enhances Manufacturing Efficiency

Sheet metal stamping is fundamental to the automotive manufacturing industry. A vast array of different tool, die, and process combinations are employed to create an equally diverse array of components. Traditionally, identifying the optimum approach for each part has been a labor intensive and time-consuming task that requires engineering teams with high levels of skill and experience. This case study demonstrates how Altair Knowledge Studio, a general-purpose data analytics tool, can enable engineering managers and data analysts to deliver clear and quantifiable benefits in the manufacturing domain. For Ford, this is reflected in dramatic improvements in the speed and efficiency with which the best possible sheet metal stamping processes were selected.

Customer Stories, Use Cases

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.

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