May 2012 Newsletter

Progress on solidThinking EvolveTM 9.0

We’re pleased to notify our readers that the official launch of solidThinking 9.0 EvolveTM is near. We have made our final refinements to the product and are preparing translations for our international audience before making it fully available. We appreciate all of the excitement, interest and patience leading up to the launch and look forward to unleashing the software in our next newsletter. Stay tuned for more information in the next few weeks, and we encourage you to contact us directly in our newly launched forum with any questions or feedback. If you missed our last issue, access our blog for an instructional video and an extended list of detailed highlights about the release.

From the th!nklabs Team: Cool Design Helps Keep Power Adaptors Safe

Check out our product design colleagues at th!nklabs and their design project on Kickstarter


The WrapUp is a patented cover for your power adapter that efficiently protects it from stress and fatigue cuts over time. If you've ever owned an Apple product then you may have come across the need for this at some point as a consumer, so we encourage you to check it out and let us know your feedback. We and the th!nklabs team much appreciate your feedback and support.

Global Insights: A Moment With Professor Che-Chung Wang


Mingcun Lu, our product specialist in China, recently sat down for an interview with Dr. Che-Chung Wang, Ph.D., a highly respected professor for Shih-Chien University’s Department of Industrial Design. Professor Wang, a recent adopter of solidThinking software, shared his insights into the industry and feedback about solidThinking. He observed that, in the industrial design field today, most senior designers still prefer starting their designs from a sketch, which is the traditional method in Taiwan. “But in real-world projects, designers can’t go back to sketch and recreate a model on the spot when a customer requests modifications,” said Professor Wang. “solidThinking can help designers make any change and generate new rendering results immediately.”

“CAE technology also provides a new method for designers to consider construction in concept design, and this is a unique function provided by solidThinking,” added the professor. “Most importantly solidThinking can be quickly adopted by anyone, even non-professional users. solidThinking has a good interface, making it a suitable tool for designers.”

As a result of his evaluation, Professor Wang has brought solidThinking into his course as his primary teaching software—not only because it runs both on Windows and Mac, he said, but also because it can generate perfect models for CAM without any breaks.

Where in the World Is the solidThinking Team?

In the past month, you may have seen the solidThinking team venturing to various areas of the globe to trade insights with designers and share updates about solidThinking EvolveTM and InspireTM:

  • March 19-24, Luca Frattari, business development manager promoting Altair's technology and innovation in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), attended smartgeometry 2012 at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy N.Y., where the global community of innovators and pioneers gathered to discuss advancements in architecture, design and engineering.

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  • March 25 and April 15: Mingcun Lu and team attended the Shandong Province Vocational Student Skills Competition in Jinan, Shandong, China, where she delivered a presentation introducing solidThinking to the many teachers in attendance.

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  • March 30-31 and April 13-14: Darren Chilton and Craig Mackiewicz from solidThinking’s Troy, Mich., team exhibited at the IDSA Design Dialogue 2012 Conferences in Detroit and Chicago, where they interacted with students attending from a variety of regions in the U.S.

Thanks to all of the conference attendees taking the time to connect with solidThinking. Please continue to visit our events page. for more information on upcoming conferences where we can connect with you!



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May Tips & Tricks: Exporting for 3D Printing


In this month’s Tips & Tricks, Darren Chilton discusses the best methods for exporting models as polygonal data for 3D printing in either .stl or .obj file formats. Click to watch the video for tips on:

  • Using view tessellation for on-screen visual feedback while editing the level of detail
  • Using Advance Tessellation tool to create stitched/watertight geometry
  • Understand the parameters that control polygonal data creation
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!

Connect With Us:

Training webinar: Getting started with solidThinking Inspire 8.5

  • Tuesday, May 8 @ 9:00 a.m. EDT
  • Thursday, May 24 @ 1:00 p.m. EDT

Training webinar: Getting started with solidThinking Evolve 9.0

  • Thursday, May 10 @ 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Tuesday, May 22 @ 9:00 a.m. EDT

Register for a training or access our recorded webinars on the solidThinking events page.

Join us at the Americas HyperWorks Technology Conference (#HTC2012) May 15-17. Register at:

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