New design software from Altair

TROY — The engineering technology developer Altair Inc. (Nasdaq: ALTR) announced the release and immediate availability of its new Altair Inspire simulation-driven design platform, and its Altair 365 cloud collaboration platform.

The company said Altair Inspire enables manufacturers to use simulation to drive the entire design process, accelerating the pace of innovation and reducing time-to-market. This new platform brings together simulation systems for generative design, engineering analysis, and manufacturability under a single, intuitive user environment, appealing to designers and engineers with little or no simulation experience.

The Altair Inspire user interface. Altair photo.

“We believe the future of successful product development will rely upon an increasingly broad simulation user community,” said Altair founder, Chairman and CEO James R. Scapa. “These new releases are part of a path toward simulation access for every designer and engineer at every phase of product development from concept to manufacturing to in-service operation.”

Altair 365 is a collaboration platform on Microsoft Azure. Altair 365 allows customers the flexibility to access Altair Inspire and the entire solidThinking suite in the cloud under its new solidThinking units licensing model. Whether running on the desktop or on Altair 365, Altair Inspire customers will enjoy the same intuitive user experience and simulation capabilities. Altair 365 (the user interface is pictured at the top of this article) offers additional enterprise services including visual collaboration with peers, version control, secure data management and scalable high-performance computing resources.

Said Altair DEO James Dagg: “This platform release vastly expands upon Inspire’s leading generative design and simulation capabilities to include manufacturing solutions for casting, metal forming, and extrusion processes with more to come in the future. Our goal is to make simulation-driven design a reality by continuing to place technology like Altair Inspire in the creative hands of all designers and engineers to drive innovation throughout the development process.”

Altair Inspire is available through both Altair’s HyperWorks and solidThinking suite offerings. To learn more about the Altair Inspire platform, visit to register for an upcoming introductory webinar or to contact a regional representative.

Troy-based Altair has more than 2,000 employees in 71 offices in 24 countries, serving more than 5,000 customers. More at

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