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SolidThinking Inspire∝
SolidThinking Inspire∝ enables design engineers, product designers, and architects to create and investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily. Inspire uses the Industry leading Altair OptiStruct∝ technology to generate design concepts. The software is easy to learn and works with existing CAD tools to help design structural parts right the first time, reducing costs, development time, material consumption, and product weight.
Benefits
Design Faster
Generate concepts which meet structural performance requirements at the beginning of the design cycle. This results in significant time savings over the traditional approach of design, validate, redesign to meet structural requirements.
Design Smarter
Inspire makes it easy to perform ^what-if ̄ scenarios where package space, connections, load conditions, and shape controls can be modified. Reviewing the resulting concepts often reveals valuable insights.
Design Lighter
Inspire makes efficient use of material, only placing it where required to satisfy structural performance requirements. Reduced design weight leads to material cost savings, performance improvements and reduced shipping costs.
Capabilities
Geometry Creation and Simplification
Create, modify, and de-feature solid modelsusing Inspire¨s modeling tools:
, Sketch Tools - Build or modify parts bysketching lines, rectangles, circles, and arcs.
Geometric constraints such as tangencyand perpendicularity can also be applied.
, Trim/Break - Cut and remove sketchcurves at the point of intersection.
, Push/Pull - Extrude flat or cylindricalfaces to create solid parts or holes,modify dimensions.
, Boolean Operations - Add, subtract,or intersect solid parts to create morecomplex geometry.
, Defeature - Remove imprints, rounds,fillets, holes, and pockets, or plug holes andpockets, or create patches and bridges.
Optimization Options
Inspire offers users a number oftopology options:
, Optimization Objectives - When runningan optimization, Designers can choose toeither maximize stiffness or minimize mass.
, Stress Constraints - A global stress constraintcan be applied to limit the maximum stressin the model during optimization.
, Displacement Constraints - Displacement constraints can be appliedto a model to limit deflections in desired locations and directions.
, Export to OptiStruct - Designers canexport OptiStruct input files foradvanced simulations.
Manufacturing and Shape Controls
Generate design concepts that are not onlystructurally efficient but also manufacturableusing Inspire¨s shape controls:
, Symmetry Planes - Force asymmetricdesign spaces to generate symmetricoptimized shapes.
, Cyclic Repetition - Create cyclicallyrepeating shapes like propellers or wheels.
, Draw Directions - Generate shapes thatcan be easily molded or stamped byapplying single or split draw directions.
, Extrusion Shape Control - Generatesconstant cross-section topologies in aspecified direction.
Analysis
Investigate linear static and normalmodes analysis on a model and visualizedisplacement, factor of safety, percent ofyield, tension and compression, von Misesstress, and major principal stress.
Customizable Materials Database
Inspire is packaged with a material libraryincluding various aluminum, steel,magnesium, and titanium alloys.
Custom materials can also be added.
Part Instances
Parent-Child Instances - Individual partscan be copied and pasted as an instance.Whenever one is updated, the other isautomatically updated as well. Instancinginformation can also be imported from CAD files.
Pattern Repetition - When a designspace is repeated multiple times in amodel using part instances, Inspire willautomatically apply pattern repetitionto the design spaces so they generateidentical shapes.
Interactive Results Visualization
Explore optimized shapes using a simpleslider to add or remove material. Users candecide which features are important andthen pick the concept design best suitedto their needs.
Assembly Configuration
Multiple assembly configurations can becreated. These configurations can then beused to evaluate various design scenariosand the resulting concepts.
Multiple Language Formats
Chinese, English, French, German, Italian,Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
Shape Controls & Design Constraints
, Min/Max Size
, Draw Direction
, Symmetry
, Pattern Repetition
, Cyclic Repetition
, Stress Constraints
, FrequencyConstraints
, DisplacementConstraints
Geometry Import
, ACIS
, Pro/E
, Catia (V4&V5)
, SolidWorks
, IGES
, STEP
, JT
, STL
, Parasolid