December 2011 Newsletter

New! solidThinking Tips & Tricks

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Whether you are new to the solidThinking community or a veteran user, every software tip and trick can add up to make a world of difference when working on a design. In an effort to offer our loyal customers useful information and foster collaboration, we are offering a featured tip or trick every month, accessible in our newsletter sidebar. This month we offer you a brief series of keyboard shortcuts to help you be more efficient when using solidThinking: solidThinking Keyboard Shortcuts

If you have a tip or trick you’d like to share, or comments, questions or feedback, please email us at Our team is here to answer your questions and share best practices. Your feedback or tip/trick may make it to our next newsletter – we’ll credit you, too!

solidThinking on Tour

Jim Hassberger presents at the Altair HyperWorks Technology Conference

The view from the solidThinking booth
at the ACADIA 2011 Conference

From the U.S. to Malaysia to Germany, the fall months had the solidThinking team touring throughout the world to meet with and present to designers, concept engineers and architects. They endeavored to help current and prospective users experience the software’s features and collaborate with trade show attendees, user conference groups, students and others on ways that innovative 3D software is redefining product design and development.

“Feedback from our user communities provides the solidThinking team with the most impactful knowledge to help shape our future products,” said Jim Hassberger, vice president of business development for solidThinking. “It’s what has aided in the development and improvement of solidThinking since we brought the products under the Altair brand. These user-focused conferences and events give us the opportunity to gather firsthand experiences and reactions to our current products, future enhancements and potential improvements.”

solidThinking product specialists and executives were on hand at the following conferences, where they met with users, provided demonstrations, previewed upcoming enhancements to the product and engaged in industry discussions about design and engineering trends.

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Views from above the conference show floor

Discussions included reducing weight with solidThinking Inspired and helping designers and engineers generate the most structurally efficient shape for a part based on loading conditions, materials and package space. Attendees learned about companies currently using the technology to develop strong, lightweight designs, while eliminating the need for guesswork, resulting in significant weight and material cost savings.

We encourage our readers to access more information and images from each of these conferences by visiting our solidThinking Facebook page.

Learn more about solidThinking’s 3D modeling, rendering and presentation, computational inspiration and data exchange features on the
solidThinking website, and track upcoming solidThinking events and trade show participation on the solidThinking events page.

solidThinking Team Spotlight: Darren Chilton


When not spending time with his wife and kids, mountain biking or golfing, solidThinking Program Manager of Product Strategy and Development Darren Chilton is leading the global solidThinking team in pursuing industrial design needs and trends.

A senior designer with solidThinking since 2008 and formerly the studio lead for transportation design with parent company Altair, the Battle Creek, Mich.-native has come a long way since his days as an industrial design student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. He specializes in using his knowledge of the industrial design process, product development and technology to create tools that enable designers to work more efficiently.

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Season’s Greetings from solidThinking

The solidThinking team would like to wish our customers, partners, colleagues, and the entire design community a happy holiday season full of joy, peace and relaxation.

From our family to yours, happy holidays and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Welcome Luca Frattari!


Luca Frattari has joined the Altair family as business development manager promoting Altair's technology and innovation in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC). Frattari holds a Ph.D in application of topology optimization in architecture and industrial design, including conceptual design, structural analysis, 3D modeling, visualization, rapid prototyping and innovative graphic user interface. His field work has focused on defining innovative methodologies for structural design and he will be working closely with the solidThinking Inspired team to further develop the product and its applications in architecture.

“Altair is working constantly to give designers the tools they need to create innovative, lightweight and sustainable projects, delivering products that allow designers to save materials, energy, time and to help them achieve efficient results,” said Frattari. “My goal is to show that working with Altair it is possible to take part in an experience that moves from the creation of a quick concept design towards structural analysis and optimization, while being being completely immersed in a digital environment that helps you to develop your ideas.”

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