Resources for Inspire  

Solid Modeling of a Mechanical Part

A short workflow illustrating the power of solid modeling and editing in Inspire Studio, applied to a junction pipe with flanges.

Videos

Create and Control NURBS Curves & Surfaces

Utilize Non-uniform Rational B-Splines (NURBS) curves and surfaces to accurately represent even the most complex shapes with flexibility and precision.

Videos

Simulation-Driven Design of Sheet-Metal Components

A good Design is not complete unless it meets desired performance and qualifies for efficient manufacturing. Design of sheet-metal components demand the following, From a Design perspective - if sheet-metal can be used for intended design, their sizing & shape, choice of material, weight and cost. From Manufacturability perspective - manufacturing feasibility of the designed shape, allowable thinning and wrinkling limits, addressing process constrains and importantly forming feasibility. Leveraging Simulation to drive the design as it unfolds at the concept generation stage, helps design engineers to accrue downstream benefits upfront.

Webinars

Generative Design and Topology Optimization Report

This special report by engineering.com covers two of the most talked-about trends in the product design community today: Generative Design and Topology Optimization. These simulation techniques allow customers to design lightweight and performative parts using a simulation-driven design approach.

Technical Papers, Use Cases

Fit PolyNURBS in Altair Inspire

The new Fit PolyNURBS feature allows you to automatically wrap optimization results with PolyNURBS. This option can be found on the optimization Shape Explorer.

New Features, Videos

Spot Welds in Altair Inspire

With Altair Inspire you can easily create spot welds for sheet metal parts design

New Features, Videos

Altair Inspire Load Case Tables

Easily organize and manage all boundary conditions with load case tables

New Features, Videos

Friction in Joints in Altair Inspire

Friction can now be considered in setting up dynamic motions

New Features, Videos

Suppress/Unsuppress Entities in Altair Inspire

Joints, fasteners, and motion entities (for example, springs or motion contacts) can now be suppressed. This feature is useful for studying the effects of a given entity on system behavior or when debugging a model

New Features, Videos

Altair Inspire Overhang Shape Controls

Optimal lightweight designs can be defined in Altair Inspire taking in account several constraints for additive and traditional manufacturing processes, including the overhang angle for 3D printed parts.

New Features, Videos

Real-World Applications of Generative Design

Using Topology Optimization to Create Manufacturable Product Designs Generative design is one of the hottest buzzwords in the product development world. You've seen the organic structures and promises of material reduction and cost savings, but how and when do you apply these principals to your design process, and how to you ensure that those designs can actually be manufactured? Find out how manufacturers like American Axle are leveraging generative design to improve real-world, in-service products using both traditional and advanced manufacturing processes.

Webinars

Design for Extrusion

Driving designs that are cognizant of the downstream manufacturing processes Increasing manufacturing costs and stiff competition coupled with low profit margins are posing tremendous challenges to extrusion companies, especially automotive and aerospace industries. One way the leading companies stay ahead of the competition is by reducing the product development time and production costs through virtual testing. Design engineers and analysts use CAE software to analyze and validate die designs and thereby reduce/eliminate costly die trials. This webinar explains how extrusion simulation framework provides an easy to use CAE environment to: - Validate extrusion die designs - Optimize process conditions - Identify potential defects and correct them before becoming critical problems

Webinars

Aeroswift

The South African aviation manufacturing solutions provider Aerosud and the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) teamed up to launch a challenging 3D printing project, Aeroswift. Aeroswift collaborated with Altair to develop a methodology for designing large additively manufactured products. An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) frame was designed as a demonstration and subsequently printed on Aeroswift. To improve manufacturability while meeting all component requirements, the project engineers used Altair Inspire™ and its topology optimization capabilities in the design process.

Customer Stories

Designing for Additive Manufacturing - A South African Case Study

Presented by Nic Minnaar from Altair and Jacobus Prinsloo from Aeroswift, we discuss the value of using topology optimization when designing for additive manufacturing. Aeroswift's 3D Printer is able to print parts which are up to ten times bigger and print them ten times faster than any other printer. In the case study the thought process behind the design of the largest UAV frame ever to be printed in metal, in a collaboration between Altair and Aeroswift, is presented.

Webinars

Redesign and Topological Optimization of Transtibial Prosthesis by Reverse Engineering

Presentation by Eduardo Bajo, FEA Engineer at IDAERO.

Presentation of a project consisting of redesign with topology optimization of a transtibial leg prosthesis. It is a project in which the reverse engineering workflow has been followed, starting with 3D digitization of an amputated limb and real old prosthesis. Subsequently, they have been reconstructed in 3D to simplify and applied topology optimization, taking into account the biomechanics of human gait, using Altair Inspire software. Finally, the reconstruction of the optimization through organic design has been carried out with the software Evolve.

This project won the 1st prize in the II International Industrial Design Contest UPM-Technical University of Madrid.

During the presentation it will be presented the new 2019 Edition of the Industrial Design Contest UPM, open to students and professionals, sponsored by Altair.

Presentations, Videos

Concept Design - Get it Right From the Start

Presentation by Orlando Sadaro, Managing Director at Design 8.

If you are a designer then this presentation is right up your alley. Design seems to be an iterative process by nature. But what if we don't accept this default? What if we could get it right, from the start...? It would lead to a shorter time to market, less material use and better product performance. A dream? My presentation is about solidThinking design software helping you achieving just that. Get a head start and take the best possible solution to start exploring your design thoughts.

Presentations, Videos

Robotic Design of a Bushbot Chair

Presentation by Stephan Henrich, Robotikdesin und Architektur.

In this presentation, Stephan Henrich discusses several projects from different areas, including additive generative robotic fabrication and concept design.

Presentations, Videos

How to Design Die-Casting Parts with Altair Inspire Cast

Presentation by El Abidi Ahmed, CAE Manager - Senior Expert at U-Shin Group.

Presentations, Videos

Concept Design with Altair Inspire

Concept Design with Altair Inspire seminar held during the 2018 Global ATC in Paris, France on October 18, 2018.

Presentations, Videos

Leverage the Power of Simulation-Driven Design

In order to stay competitive while pushing the envelope on innovation, simulation must drive the entire design process from the early concept design phase all the way to production. Leveraging robust simulation—including motion analysis, finite element analysis, and manufacturing feasibility analysis—early and often has become a necessary driver to innovation and is helping numerous industry-leading companies to meet quality, cost, and time-to-market targets.

Webinars

The Complete Design for Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Toolchain

To successfully take advantage of the benefits of 3D printing and additive manufacturing, a new design and simulation process must be used. It is not beneficial to simply ‘print’ a current design. New tools and advanced computational power have enabled users to optimize solid geometries for stiffness and weight, and also allowed them to simulate loading conditions and lightweight designs. These new computational tools also give users the opportunity to test how a design will perform under real-world conditions.

Webinars

The Benefits of Designing Medical Devices with Topology Optimization and Additive Manufacturing

The additive manufacturing industry continues to grow as serial manufacturing applications across many sectors are realized. Topology optimization and generative design software further exploit the benefits and capacity of additive manufacturing by generating designs that increase function and reduce material, weight, design time, and cost.

Webinars

Innovate Philippines' AEC Landscape with Inspire

Tony Pimentel from Pimentel & Associates is innovating the Philippines Architecture, Engineering and Construction landscape with Inspire.

Video Testimonials, Videos

Simulation Driven Design in the Cloud

Chad Zamler, Marketing Director of solidThinking, presents at Converge 2017 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Iowa State University - Cyclone Racing

Cyclone Racing utilized topology optimization and generative design to decrease the mass of its FSAE vehicle by generating a new design concept for its wing mount achieving 67% weight reduction of the bracket.

Customer Stories

IAI and SpaceIL

IAI and SpaceIL utilized topology optimization with 3D modeling and rendering to design a 3D Printed thruster bracket to be used on its Google Lunar XPRIZE craft for its trip to the moon.

Customer Stories

MIT, Pune

A university team at MIT, Pune used topology optimization and additive manufacturing to develop two new designs for the Quad-rotor UAV drone that were lighter and stronger than previous designs.  

Customer Stories

Ryerson’s International Hyperloop Team

Ryerson's International Hyperloop Team utilized finite element analysis and topology optimization to redesign a metal additive manufactured motor bracket. PolyNURBS was used to make the design 3D print-friendly.

Customer Stories

Faraone

Faraone accelerates the design approach for lighter and stiffer architectural components with premium topology optimization technology.

Customer Stories

Alstom

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

LEIBER Group

LEIBER Group, which specializes in developing lightweight metal components, applied topology optimization to determine the ideal shape for a vehicle suspension beam, resulting in mass savings of over 50%

Customer Stories

Harita Seating Standardizes on Altair Suite of HyperWorks for all CAE Applications

HyperWorks used by leading Indian manufacturer of seating systems Harita, for homologation testing, regulations and crash analysis for all commercial vehicle seats, bus passenger seats and tractor & off-road seats

Customer Stories

Inspire Motion Piston Model

A model of an automotive piston to demo the motion capabilities of Inspire.

Demo Models

Inspire Motion Models

Six demo models highlighting the capabilities of the Inspire Motion module featuring scripts for how to demo the models.

Demo Models

An Interview with Ben Farmer of Robot Bike Co. Discussing the Development of their R160 Bike with Altair

Robot Bike Company (RBC) is a new startup established in the UK by aerospace engineers and mountain biking enthusiasts who identified the potential of combining additive manufacturing technologies with carbon fiber to, in their own words, “create the best bike frames possible”. To deliver a customizable, lightweight, high strength bike, RBC’s frame was intended to be created from carbon fiber, a material very common in the industry. The carbon fiber tubes, as well as the bike’s other components and systems were to be joined by additively manufactured titanium ‘nodes’, manufactured based on the specification of individual riders. Altair ProductDesign’s engineering team was tasked with optimizing these joints, which included the head tube, seat post and chain stay lugs, to ensure they were as lightweight as possible and still able to withstand the forces of downhill mountain bike riding, all while being fit for the AM process.

Videos

Gator Motorsports

Gator Motorsports utilized Inspire to redesign its brake pedal, as well as suspension bell cranks. This resulted in increased stiffness and a reduction of weight.

Customer Stories

Politecnico di Milano University

The Politecnico di Milano University implemented generative design software to quickly and easily identify the ideal shapes and materials for three architectural design concepts.

Customer Stories

Technische Universität Dresden

The team at Technische Universität Dresden used Altair Inspire to redesign a Formula Student steering column mount that saved 35% of the weight and is produced with additive manufacturing.

Customer Stories

Inspire Gripping Bracket

An Inspire model of a robotic gripping bracket.

Demo Models

3D Systems Skateboard Case Study

3D Systems utilized a process incorporating solidThinking Inspire to generate the ideal skateboard deck and truck material layout for a unique design now displayed at the Cooper Hewitt – Smithsonian Design Museum.

Videos

3D Systems

3D Systems utilized topology optimization, finite element analysis,  and generative design to conceptualize a new material layout for a 3D printed skateboard deck and trucks.

Customer Stories

Scania

Scania uses a simulation-driven design process including topology optimization and finite element analysis. This speeds up their design and development process and produces lighter, more efficient components.

Customer Stories

AAM

American Axle & Manufacturing employed topology optimization and FEA to redesign an automotive carrier to achieve a weight reduction of 20%.

Customer Stories

Empire/Renishaw

Renishaw and Empire Cycles utilized generative design to conceptualize the world's first metal additive manufactured  bicycle frame. This resulted in a 33% weight reduction of the bicycle.

Customer Stories

HardMarque

HardMarque coupled topology optimization with additive manufacturing to conceptualize and refine the design of a piston. The final piston design is 23.5% lighter than the original design. 

Customer Stories

Race Face

Race Face redesigned a bicycle crank using generative design and finite element analysis. The concept design process yielded a part with increased stiffness and strength without increasing the weight of the part.

Customer Stories

Peter Macapia, LabDORA

Architect Peter Macapia aims to change perceptions of how buildings can look; generative design software aids in imaginative engineering and architecture projects, integrating design and testing in the same space.

Customer Stories

When Engineering Intuition is Not Enough

A new technology helps design engineers quickly create dramatically lighter structures — and better understand the effects of material placement in whatever they’re developing.

Customer Stories

Inspire Wheel Model

An Inspire model of a wheel optimization.

Demo Models

Nelson Mandela University: Designing a Winning Eco-Car

Martin Badenhorst, Masters Student at Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, shares how he managed to reduce the weight of their eco-car by 20%.

Customer Stories, Videos
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