Product Design

solidThinking Inspire Takes Structural Concepts to New Level

25 Jun, 2013 By: Nancy Spurling Johnson

Version 9.5 further simplifies design optimization for engineers, product designers, and even architects.

As an editor, I would be thrilled to have access to a software program that could take a subpar or outdated article, apply a few guidelines specified by me, and generate specific ideas about how to improve the content. Alas, no such software exists.

Designers — specifically, those developing structural concepts — are more fortunate. solidThinking Inspire software takes an existing design or a new 3D sketch and generates an optimized material layout within the package space using the loads as an input. It helps design engineers, product designers, and even architects to quickly create and investigate structurally efficient concepts. “solidThinking Inspire changes the way product designers and structural engineers approach design,” says Andy Bartels, program manager for solidThinking Inspire. “It enhances human creativity by proposing designs that can be evolved into a finished product and easily exported to your preferred CAD tool.”

New features in solidThinking Inspire 9.5, launched this week, allow users to apply Inspire to an even larger set of designs than before and make better early-design decisions, Bartels added. The software is easy to learn and works with existing CAD tools to help design structural parts at reduced cost, development time, material consumption, and weight.

What’s New: solidThinking 9.5

Important new features in solidThinking Inspire 9.5 are illustrated in the following diagram and video:

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