Altair's 2022.1 Simulation Software Release is Here!
This update focuses on sustainability solutions, simulation-driven design, and open-source design collaboration. The latest release builds upon Simulation 2022, including more new features and capabilities that broaden, strengthen, and further specialize Altair's comprehensive simulation toolkit.
Altair’s sustainable product design solutions begins with access to recyclable materials for material substitution. Altair® Material Data Center™ lets users access thousands of supported materials in its existing database, as well as an improved user experience in accessing high-fidelity material data. Integrated workflows support fatigue strength assessment of plastic components, providing a well-rounded, viable solution for innovative plastic part design.
The development of efficient, sustainable designs requires finding an optimal balance among weight, performance, and cost considerations. As a generative design leader, Altair provides game-changing tools for creating products that meet project requirements while adhering to industry sustainability and climate protection goals.
Topology optimization with Altair® OptiStruct® addresses lightweighting for complex parts, accessible through Altair® Multiscale Designer®, with several new release updates. Multiscale workflows within Altair® HyperWorks® and Altair® SimLab® let users build accurate material definitions for short and long fiber formulations. Integration with HyperWorks continues to offer early design certification for composite designs and support for injection molding and structural solvers.
Using cloud-based, shared infrastructure among an organization, users can minimize project complexity. Save resources, efficiently scale and share project workloads, and increase simulation performance with Altair's high-performance computing (HPC) tools to design greener, more sustainable products. Fast and efficient simulation is critical, and solver scalability is assured with Altair's robust simulation portfolio.
“Altair's complete engineering and CAE workflows for lightweight design and material substitution enable sustainable design.”
- Viktor Seres, chief executive officer, X-Plast | Read Story
Altair® Inspire™ delivers a dependable design creation and optimization experience via the Design Explorer which allows users to evaluate and validate varying designs quickly and easily so they can arrive at the optimal solution. Leveraging Altair® SimSolid® for lightning-quick design iteration, users can review simulation results and gain additional insights. In addition, parametric modeling is greatly enhanced for sketches, surfaces, and faces.
Updates for Altair’s manufacturability solutions include a demolding angle tool for casting, flow pattern preview tool for molding simulation, performance improvements for parametric modeling, and improved geometry features for stamping. With these enhancements, the Inspire family of products now enable even more accurate evaluations for the broadest range of additive and subtractive manufacturing processes.
Performing multiple design iterations is easier with the latest updates to Altair's structural analysis portfolio. Users can now transfer geometries between Inspire and SimSolid without using geometry files, providing users with a more holistic design experience. We've also added Solver Manager features and improved connections mapping to SimSolid.
A new OptiStruct update brings the ability to create solids from 1D beams and added materials and nonlinear analysis criteria, building upon its functionalities in stiffness, strength, stability, explicit dynamic, heat transfer, noise and vibration, fatigue analysis, and advanced topology and shape optimization.
HyperWorks's new Skeleton Modeling workflow streamlines the process of building a reduced order model for early conceptual optimization. Simplifying a donor model or topological optimization result promotes quicker turnaround times and facilitates more design studies. The workflow provides a mechanism to create the joints, members, and panels, and once created, lets users undertake real-time section editing, connectivity, and much more.
Model interpretation is further enhanced with 1D inflation capabilities. Being able to create 2D mesh or surfaces from a 1D section is an important step to shift from reduced order models back to detailed models.
“Altair gives us the best of both worlds in regard to speed and accuracy within simulations, ensuring we don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. And having their experts shoulder-to-shoulder with our team is a huge step forward for us. We’re thrilled to see what the future has in store for the team aided by Altair’s technology and staff.”
- Alessandro Franceschetti, head of structural engineering, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team| Read Story
For over 30 years, the world's top industrial, research and development, and educational organizations have employed Altair® Radioss® to solve complex linear and nonlinear engineering problems. Delivering the features and capabilities users know and trust, OpenRadioss™ is the open-source solver bringing together a worldwide community of experts and users to make the world a safer, greener place.
Altair's open-architecture philosophy has driven its product development for the past 37 years, encouraging innovation and advanced technology development, regardless of industry. Intuitive workflows build into all of Altair's simulation software lets users modify established code and produce complex designs quickly and easily.
Within Inspire's new UI Designer toolkit, assemble designs with predefined objects, modify, and save designs as a Python code skeleton that users can further develop. Tools that are also powering Altair's open-source software include OpenPBS®, a workload manager and job scheduler for HPC, and OpenMatrix™, an open-source computational programming language.
Today, "open-source" refers not just to software development - it encompasses projects, products, and any initiatives that embrace the core principles of open exchange and collaborative participation based around community-oriented development. With Altair Exchange, users can utilize shared spaces for fine-tuning models, finding better scripts, optimizing virtual workspaces and workflows, and more.
“OpenRadioss is a game changer for academia, research institutions, and industry alike, and gives the users the power to modify mature codes for their own use – without having to start from scratch – and lets the users collaborate to accelerate the pace of innovation.”
Elham Sahraei, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Electric Vehicle Safety ab (EVSL), Temple University
From model-based systems design and early geometry ideation and manufacturability, to detailed multiphysics simulation and optimization, Simulation 2022.1 includes a multitude of updates and enhancements. Here are some other product highlights:
Visit the Altair Community for additional details on what's new for each product included in the new software release.