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Altair Compose™ - Data Type

Altair Compose™ Getting Started videos on data type.

Getting Started Videos, Training Materials, Tutorials, Videos

Altair Compose™ - Function

Altair Compose™ Getting Started videos on function.

Getting Started Videos, Training Materials, Tutorials, Videos

Altair Compose™ - Basic Plot Commands

Altair Compose™ Getting Started videos on basic plot commands.

Getting Started Videos, Training Materials, Tutorials, Videos

Altair Compose™ - Operators

Altair Compose™ Getting Started videos on Operators

Getting Started Videos, Training Materials, Tutorials, Videos

Altair Compose™ - Plot Types

Altair Compose™ Getting Started videos on plot types.

Getting Started Videos, Training Materials, Tutorials, Videos

APEL Extrusions

APEL Extrusions employs die extrusion simulation software to test die extrusion performance. This allows APEL to greatly speed up the design process and test multiple simulations per week.

Case Studies

Altair Embed™ & CCS Software Installation

Step by step instructions to install the Texas Instruments Code Composer Studio, Uniflash and Altair Embed™ software on your computer.

Tutorials, Videos

Faraone

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

Case Studies

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.

Case Studies

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.

Case Studies

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.

Case Studies

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.

Case Studies

Altair Activate™ and CarSim FMI Tutorial Video

This short tutorial introduces the Functional Mockup Interface and how to use Activate and CarSim for co-simulation for coupled systems analysis.

Videos

Altair Activate™ and XLDyn Integration

XLSE’s easy to use interface and project view capability is ideal for managers and teams to keep abreast of project status.

Training Materials, Tips & Tricks, Tutorials, Videos

Customer Story: Peter Macapia

Dr. Peter Macapia discusses solidThinking's part in reinventing structural systems and rethinking what a building is.

Videos

Evolve Design Process: Part 3 (Unique ConstructionTree History)

The ConstructionTree provides a graphical view of a model's construction history.

Videos

Studio-X

Studio-X and Tokyo DIGITAL use topology optimization to improve structural optimization and enhances building performance while reducing assembly time and material waste with lightweight design. 

Case Studies

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.

Case Studies

Sintavia

Sintavia utilized Altair Inspire to prove the ability to additively manufacture optimized aerospace replacement parts that exceed existing part performance while decreasing the overall weight.

Case Studies

Ron Mendell

Hollywood concept artist Ron Mendell converts sketches to fully rendered digital 3D models, incorporating real world materials, dimensions and constraints.

Case Studies

Sundog Eyewear

Sundog Eyewear accelerates design times through the use of conceptual design softwarewhile improving visualization of the final product using integrated rendering.

Case Studies

Texas Instruments

Using Altair Embed, Texas Instruments was able to develop an embedded simulation of an entire system.

Case Studies

Triton Bikes

Triton Bikes utilized Altair Inspire to Increase performance, decrease the overall weight, and simplify manufacturability of a 3D printed custom bike rear yoke.

Case Studies

U-Shin Ltd.

U-Shin is currently employing Altair Click2Cast to perform testing and optimization to create sound, redesigned automotive parts.U-Shin has seen significant time and cost savings by utilizing Altair Click2Cast.

Case Studies

TokyoFlash

TokyoFlash is a world leader in the design and sales of unique watches. They use Altair Evolve to speed product development.

Case Studies

Steve McGugan Industrial Design

Award winning industrial designer Steve McGugan uses Altair Evolve to design and model a range of unique products.

Case Studies

Customer Story: Novellini

The Novellini Group is a pacesetter in Europe in the manufacture of bathroom solutions and wellness products.

Videos

Evolve ‬Tutorial‪: Watch (Part 2, Editing)

Now Antonio shows you how to edit an existing model to create a totally new design.

Videos

Evolve Interface Tour: Part 1 (Selection and Editing Modes)

An introduction to Evolve's three modes used to select, edit, and reshape objects.

Videos

Customer Story: Pininfarina Extra

Innovation, Essentiality, and Elegance are the three values of Pininfarina Extra. See how solidThinking products help them.

Videos

‪‪Customer Story: XOX Audio Tools

XOX Audio Tools utilizes high design and advanced technologies to create cutting-edge musical instruments.

Videos

Evolve Interface Tour: Part 2 (Modeling Views and Display Modes)

Learn how to change modeling views and display modes.

Videos

Evolve Interface Tour: Part 3 (Modeling Tools)

An overview of the Modeling Toolbar, Console, and Modeling Tool Panel.

Videos

Evolve Interface Tour: Part 4 (The World Browser and ConstructionTree)

Learn how to organize your model and edit objects using construction history.

Videos

Evolve Interface Tour: Part 5 (Translating, Rotating, and Scaling)

A quick overview of the translate, rotate, and scale tools.

Videos

Evolve Interface Tour: Part 6 (Rendering, Materials, and Lighting)

A quick introduction to interactive rendering mode, materials, lighting, and final rendering.

Videos

Evolve Design Process: Part 4 (Model Quality Tools)

Evolve provides tools for analyzing curve and surface curvature, continuity, and tangency.

Videos

Evolve Design Process: Part 5 (Fast Integrated Rendering)

Evolve’s integrated progressive rendering gives immediate feedback on the final image.

Videos

Evolve Design Process: Part 6 (Model Export in Multiple Formats)

Ensure simple data exchange with CAD tools used during the product development process.

Videos

Evolve Design Process: Part 1 (Organic Surface Modeling Freedom)

NURBS geometry definition methods offer both flexibility and precision.

Videos

Evolve Design Process: Part 2 (Parametric Solid Modeling Control)

Evolve parameter editing allows you to revise your model easily, at any time.

Videos

Evolve ‬Tutorial‪: Watch (Part 1, Creating and Rendering)

Antonio Flores guides you through the creation and rendering of a watch model.

Videos

Inspire Design Process: Part 3 (Assign Materials and Loads)

Use Inspire's intuitive tools to add contacts, joints, and fasteners, then assign materials and loading conditions.

Videos

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

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. Increasingly, selective laser melting applications featuring medical-grade Titanium are utilized in the production of orthopedic implants, such as lumbar and cervical fusion cages, with lattice structures that increase bone in-growth. This major benefit to patients is complemented by a reduction in material, production time and cost to manufacturers. Learn how companies are increasing functionality while decreasing costs by combining design optimization and advanced additive manufacturing technologies.

Webinar Recordings

Discover the NEW features of Click2Cast 4.1

This webinar will highlight and feature: Adding/removing/modifying a material using the New Material Editor. Adding a coating to a mold and setting up the parameters. Predicting micro porosity using the NIYAMA criterion.

Webinar Recordings

Introducing solidThinking Click2Extrude 2017 Metal - Webinar

Join our experts for an introduction of Click2Extrude Metal! You’ll see live demonstrations while exploring new features and learn how to effectively use Click2Extrude Metal to improve quality and productivity by being able to detect and rectify upfront defects such as:

Webinar Recordings

Model Based Development of Mechatronic Products with solidThinking Compose, Activate and Embed - Webinar

Learn how next generation math and system design products can be applied right from concept studies, control design, multi-domain system performance optimization to controller implementation & testing.

Webinar Recordings

The Complete Design for Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Toolchain - Webinar

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.

Webinar Recordings

Inspire Topography Model

A model to be used to demo of Inspire's Topography Optimization features.

Demo Models

Webinar - 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.

Webinar Recordings

Inspire 2017 Oil Pan Topography Model

An oil pan model to be used to demonstrate Inspire's topography optimization features.

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, Models

Woodland/Alloy Casting Inc.

Woodland/Alloy Casting is simulating and testing aluminum casting projects in Altair Click2Cast. By running simulations in Altair Click2Cast, Woodland/Alloy Casting can more accurately predict defect-free castings, while reducing time and cost in the overall casting process.

Case Studies

Inspire Design Process: Part 6 (Export Geometry and Refine in CAD)

The design proposal results can be smoothed to solid geometry and exported to an external CAD package.

Videos

Wisconsin Precision Casting Corporation

Wisconsin Precision Casting Corporation, an investment casting manufacturer utilized Altair Inspire and Altair Click2Cast for a design study that focused on the redesign of a regenerative turbine pump cover.

Case Studies

PaceControls

PaceControls developed its 3rd generation Android-based HVACR Equipment control, which satisfied all project requirements and had 0 defect escapes, by implementing a Model Based Design (MBD) process.

Case Studies

Novellini

Novellini applies industrial design and modeling software to set the pace of innovation for the manufacture of bathroom solutions and wellness products in Europe.

Case Studies

Korg Italy

Korg utilized 3D modeling and rendering simulation to manage the frequent design modifications that occur during the product development process. 

Case Studies

Bros Manifatture

Bros Manifatture is a "superbrand" in the world of fashion jewelry and watches with over 200 new products each year.

Case Studies

Evenflo Juvenile Products

Evenflo employs topology optimization and generative design simulation for “sustaining engineering” where fast turnaround is essential for functional improvements of  infant car seats design.

Case Studies

The Design Revolution Offered by Combining Additive Manufacturing with Simulation Driven Design

Topology optimization is a computer based calculation procedure which can design mechanically stressed component structures in such a way that the highest possible rigidity can be achieved with minimal material usage. Only those parts of a component which are essential for the required flux of force and necessary stability are generated. This results in complex structures which can only be built partially or not at all using conventional production processes. At this point the advantages of additive manufacturing come into focus.

Videos

Adruino Series: Blinking the Arduino LED

First steps in programming an Arduino

Tutorials, Videos

Arduino Series: Dimming an LED in Less than One Minute

Demonstration of rapid development with Altair Embed

Tutorials, Videos

e-Mobility Series: Increasing fidelity of vehicle dynamics models

Activate models of a series-parallel hybrid electric vehicle powertrain coupled with CarSim via the Functional Mock-up Interface

Tutorials, Videos

e-Mobility: Fuel economy simulations

Activate model of a series-parallel hybrid electric vehicle powertrain to evaluate fuel economy and system performance

Tutorials, Videos

Creating/running scripts

Introduction to creating and running scripts

Tutorials, Videos

AMETEK

AMETEK utilized model-based development to develop a new embedded control system for a aerospace suit  chiller unit under a very tight schedule and high safety standards.

Case Studies

Evolve Polymesh Mug Model

An Evolve model of a coffee mug. This was modeled using Evolve's Polymesh and Nurbify tools.

Demo Models

Evolve Bike Seat Model

An Evolve model of a bicycle seat that was created using basic NURBS modeling tools.

Demo Models

Evolve Helmet Model

An Evolve model of a bicycle helmet created using Evolve's polygonal modeling and Nurbify tools.

Demo Models

Paradigm Change in Design-Related Simulation

This paper revisits design-related simulation, namely tools relevant for usage by designers in the design process are discussed.

Technical Papers

Simulation Based Concept Design

Simulation Driven Design initiatives have delivered part of the value promised by the original vision. However, unrealized value still remains in the application of conceptual simulation.

Technical Papers

Ankers

Ankers performed co-simulation using a combined multibody and brake systems model in MotionView and Activate to generate more accurate results to analyze thermal and other effects on braking.

Case Studies

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.  

Case Studies

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%

Case Studies

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.

Case Studies

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. 

Case Studies

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.

Case Studies

Development of a New Lightweight Aluminum Profile for a Glass Balustrade

The design of architectural components such as a balustrade can be challenging, since the design does not only have to look good, it also has to meet several safety requirements and standards. In addition, all designs have to be developed within the shortest time possible. To meet these challenges the engineers, architects and designers at Faraone are always looking for solutions that can reduce their design and testing cycles.

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.

Case Studies

AAM

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

Case Studies

Development of a New Lightweight Aluminum Profile for a Glass Balustrade

Gabriele Romagnoli, Head of Structural Engineering at Farone, presents at Converge 2017 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Automotive Lighting

Automotive Lighting uses free-form modeling software to create concepts for customers in a fast and flexible way. Concepts are presented visually  in daytime and nighttime conditions using photorealistic rendering.

Case Studies

Dimensions Furniture

Dimensions Furniture incorporates industrial design and modeling software to design and render furniture products for presentation to buyers and direct handoff to manufacturing teams.

Case Studies

Philips

Philips uses modeling software to quickly and easily visualize design concepts so design and engineering colleagues can work hand-in-hand throughout the process, and ultimately conceptualize final products.

Case Studies

Pininfarina Extra

Pininfarina Extra blends the use of industrial design, modeling and topology optimization software to achieve the brand's values of elegance, essentiality and innovation outside of the automotive industry.

Case Studies

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.

Case Studies

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.

Case Studies

Robot Bike Company

Robot Bike Co. designs and manufactures fully customizable 3D printed carbon fiber mountain bike frames. Finite element analysis was used to determine loading conditions and optimize for additive manufacturing.

Case Studies

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.

Case Studies

Shanghai Arts and Crafts Factory

The Shanghai Arts and Crafts Factory utilizes digital NURBS-based conceptual design tools to generate ideal 2D and 3D designs and renderings for parade floats.

Case Studies

XOX Audio Tools

XOX Audio Tools utilizes high design and advanced technologies to create cutting-edge musical instruments.

Case Studies

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.

Case Studies

The Digitalization of Biomimicry Design from the Ocean

Sebastian Möller, Projektleiter at ELiSE Alfred Wegener Institut, presents at Converge 2017 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Simulation Driven Design in the Cloud

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

Presentations, Videos

Design Research Experiences at ZH CoDe

Filippo Nasetti, Senior Associate at Zaha Hadid, presents at Converge 2017 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

A Tooling Revolution for Plastic Injection Molding

Stefan de Groot, Technologist Additive Manufacturing at PROTIQ, presents at Converge 2017 in Essen, Germany

Presentations, Videos

Bend-It – Rethinking Customized Orthopaedic Devices Using Additive Manufacturing

Dustin Ahrendt and Felix Schmitt from Technische Universitat Dresden present at Converge 2017 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Master Class: How to Design for Additive Manufacturing

This Master Class held at Converge 2017 in Essen Germany, presents the making of the 3iPRINT Project, which was a joint effort from csi entwicklungstechnik, APWORKS and EOS.

Presentations, Videos

Additive Manufacturing Design

Jason Lopes, Production Development Engineer at Carbon, presents at Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Presentations, Videos

Mega Data, Mega Structure, Mega City

Michael Peng, Technical Director and Senior Associate at Gensler, presents at Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Presentations, Videos

High Performance, Dynamism and Autonomy for Humans

Greg Lynn, Principal at FORM, presents at Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Presentations, Videos

Towards Real-time Topology Optimization

Hod Lipson, Professor of Engineering and Data Science at Columbia University, presents at Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Presentations, Videos

Optimization of Railway Bolster Bracket for Antiroll Bar

Juan Manuel Romero Cortes, Calculation Lead Engineer at Alstom Transport Spain, presents at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Master Class: Using a Crowdfunding Tool for a Start-up

David Suriol, Co-Founder of Vortex Bladeless, presents at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Space 4.0 or the Next Paradigm for the Space Industry

Franck Mouriax, General Manager of Structures at RUAG Space, presents at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Biomimetically Inspired Topology Optimization

Irmgard Lochner, Professor and Consultant at University of Applied Sciences of Biberach, presents at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Keynote: Modern Architecture – Design Process, Tools and Technology

Neb Erakovic, Director Structural Design at CH2Mmace, was a keynote presenter at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Functional Architectural Sculpture

Il Hoon Roh, Artist/Architect, presents at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Designing APWorks’ Light Rider – How the First 3D-Printed Motorcycle Came to Life

Daniel Schneider, Technical Sales Manager at Airbus APWorks, presents at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Design for the Future: 5 Trends You Need to Know

Christine Outram, Chief Product Officer at Veritas Prep, presents at Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Presentations, Videos

Taming Smart Materials to Behave

Doris Sung, Founder of DOSU Studio Architecture, presents at Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Presentations, Videos

Build a Rocket

Tim Morgan, Director of Industrial Design at Newell Brands, presents at Converge 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Presentations, Videos

We Have the Tools, But Let’s Not Lose Sight of the Knowledge

Rafa Corell, CEO at Indigraf, presents at Converge 2016 in Essen, Germany.

Presentations, Videos

Design for High Performance Recreational Products

Pankaj Dubey, Country Head and Managing Director at Polaris India, presents at Converge 2016 in Bangalore, India.

Presentations, Videos

Sunshine School Bus Design Story - Industrial Design for Automotive

Sathiya Seeland, Head of Styling for Product Design at Ashok Leyland, presents at Converge 2016 in Bangalore, India.

Presentations, Videos

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 Testimonials, Videos

What Can We Learn from Nature for Modern Architecture Structures?

Eric Rusinol, an Architect from The Sagrada Família Foundation, gives us some insight into the project to finish Antoni Gaudí's iconic Cathedral in Barcelona, touching on the teams use of optimization and concept generations technologies from Altair.

Videos

Efficient Control of AC Machines using Model-Based Development

This webinar, hosted by IEEE, focuses on Motor Control using Embed

Webinar Recordings

Inspire Wheel Model

An Inspire model of a wheel optimization.

Demo Models

Inspire Gripping Bracket

An Inspire model of a robotic gripping bracket.

Demo Models

Inspire Motion Piston Model

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

Demo Models

Click2Cast Gravity Casting Model

Downloadable gravity casting model for Click2Cast

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

Click2Cast High Pressure Die Casting Component Model

Downloadable high pressure die casting component model for Click2Cast

Demo Models

Click2Cast Brake Caliper Model

Downloadable brake caliper model for Click2Cast

Demo Models

Click2Cast Faucet Model

Downloadable faucet model for Click2Cast

Demo Models

Click2Cast Cast Iron Block Model

Downloadable cast iron block model for Click2Cast

Demo Models

Click2Extrude - Bearing Optimization Model

Downloadable bearing optimization model for Click2Extrude

Demo Models

Click2Extrude - Tool Deflection Model

Downloadable tool deflection model for Click2Extrude

Demo Models

Click2Extrude - Skin Tracking Model

Downloadable skin tracking model for Click2Extrude

Demo Models

Click2Extrude - Hollow Profile Model

Downloadable hollow profile model for Click2Extrude

Demo Models

Click2Extrude - Charge Weld Model

Downloadable charge weld model for Click2Extrude

Demo Models

Click2Extrude - Coupled Analysis Model

Downloadable coupled analysis model for Click2Extrude

Demo Models

Click2Extrude - Solid Profile Model

Downloadable solid profile model for Click2Extrude

Demo Models
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