Generative Design Taken to the Next Level with solidThinking Inspire 2016

Additive manufacturing accelerated with introduction of PolyNURBS; cost-saving benefits for broad range of production processes

TROY, Mich., March 15, 2016 – The new featured-packed release of solidThinking Inspire® 2016 introduces groundbreaking PolyNURBS functionality allowing users to quickly and easily flow optimized designs into manufacturable products by wrapping topology results with NURBS geometry.

“Our new PolyNURBS toolset is a game changer, allowing users to create geometry from optimized results much faster than traditional CAD modelling,” explains Andy Bartels, Program Manager. “The result is an incredibly robust tool that has not only expanded the use cases for Inspire, but also accelerates the path to cost-effective manufacturing.”

Doug Hedges, President of Sintavia, LLC., notes that, “Inspire does what few programs can; it takes a complex process and makes it easy to understand. My whole team was able to use the program after just a few hours of training and it has led to dramatic time savings in the design process.”

Key Updates for Inspire 2016 include:

PolyNURBS – Create manufacturable designs from topology optimization results with NURBS geometry using a simple workflow.

Results Comparisons – Easily compare results across multiple runs and loading scenarios in one table.

New Load Types – Consider temperature loads, velocity, acceleration, G-loads, and enforced displacement to simulate precise loading conditions.

“Inspire embodies our vision to make simulation available across multiple user communities to facilitate innovation,” says James R. Scapa, Altair Founder, Chairman and CEO. “We are excited to be deploying this technology through our global channel partners with their deep domain knowledge and expertise.”

Inspire 2016 is available through more than 120 channel partners worldwide, and through Altair’s patented HyperWorks licensing model. Inspire is also available as part of the solidThinking Suite, which includes Evolve 2016, released earlier this year.

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About solidThinking
solidThinking creates, develops, and markets technology that helps our user community bring the most desirable products to their customers faster. solidThinking software is sold and supported by a global network of distribution partners and is also available as part of the Altair HyperWorks® suite. solidThinking is a wholly owned subsidiary of Troy, Mich. (USA)-based Altair.

About Altair
Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,000 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates more than 45 offices throughout 22 countries. Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit