solidThinking Inspire

solidThinking Inspire enables design engineers, product designers, and architects to create and investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily. Traditional structural simulations allow engineers to check if a design will support the required loads. Inspire enhances this process by generating a new material layout within a package space using the loads as an input. 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.

Inspire 2017

The new featured-packed release of solidThinking Inspire 2017 introduces many groundbreaking new features including:

  • The new Motion tool allows users to easily mechanize their models and investigate system motion to predict loads for moving parts.
  • The Topography Optimization tools can be used to change shapes of shell structures by introducing stamped bead patterns for better structural performance.
  • Updated Partition Tools allow users to divide a part into design and non-design regions by selecting a hole, pocket, or face to offset.
  • The Bolt Pretension tool allows users to achieve more accurate results when bolts are under pretension.
  • The new Gauge Optimization feature allows users to optimize the thickness of surface parts. Gauge optimization can be run by itself, or at the same time as topography optimization.
  • Motion analysis results for a part can now be extracted for use in structural (FE) analysis and optimization. Peak loads will be automatically extracted from the motion simulation and used in analysis and optimization runs.
  • Users can now define forces, torques, and g-Loads in terms of their x, y, z components.
  • When optimizing fasteners, users can now constrain the axial and shear forces using the optimization properties in the Property Editor.

In addition to the best-in-class features added in solidThinking Inspire 2017 and Inspire 2017.1, the latest release, Inspire 2017.2 adds the following new features:

  • Transient Load Extraction for Motion: Motion analysis results for a part can now be extracted for use in structural (FE) analysis and optimization. Peak loads from transient analysis will be automatically extracted from the motion simulation and used in analysis and optimization runs.
  • Multi-Feature Loads and Supports: You can now double-click or hold the Ctrl key to apply a single load to multiple points, edges, or faces. This new feature can be used when applying loads, pressures, torques, supports, and enforced displacements.
  • Move Faces Tool: The new Move Faces tool allows you to translate or rotate holes, pockets, and surface features.
  • Move Tool Alignment: The Move tool now allows you to align the tool to points, edges, and faces. You can also align a part or objects that are being moved.