solidThinking Inspire is a breakthrough in digital product development delivering simulation-driven design tools in a friendly and intuitive environment. Design engineers and architects use Inspire to generate and explore structurally efficient concepts in the earliest phases of the design process. Using Altair’s award winning OptiStruct optimization solver as its engine, Inspire generates the ideal shape for a design given the package space, material properties and the loading requirements. Leveraging the tool consistently results in decreased design cycle time as well as significant material and weight savings.
solidThinking Inspire Step by Step…
Sketch or import a design
Inspire allows users to sketch 2D profiles that can be pushed and pulled into solids, or to import CAD data from other software. All major CAD packages are supported.
See the ideal part
Topology optimization is a mathematical method that generates the ideal material layout while also reducing local stresses and maintaining structural stiffness for the design.
Create the design space
A “design space” represents the maximum volume a part can occupy. Parts can also be identified as “non-design space”. These will not be modified during the optimization.
Control the result
After an initial optimization, manufacturing and shape controls can be applied to the geometry to affect the topology result. Here symmetry and extrusion controls were used.
Assign materials and loading
The design space is assigned a material and loading conditions. The loading conditions are defined as forces, pressures, torques, and supports to hold the part.
Export the design proposal
The design proposal results can be exported and refined in an external CAD package. By generating the optimal design geometry in Inspire design cycle time is reduced.
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