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.


Designers at the Leiber Group used Inspire to redesign a bracket that connects the axle and air spring of a truck. Using the changes proposed by the software, the designers created a new bracket with a mass that is nearly half that of the original cast part.


solidThinking Inspire helped designers at Leiber Group improve the design of a truck bracket.


Catching On


Inspire is really catching on in the engineering community, Hassberger said. More than 1,000 customers had adopted the tool, and the company has trained more than 750 engineers this year alone. “In the past six to eight months, we’ve seen a huge uptake and interest in it.” Engineers who are not simulation experts can easily learn Inspire and use it to guide the design process, Hassberger added. “They’re just gobbling it up.” New Inspire users typically require just a few hours of training at most, according to the company, and many require none at all.

Approximately 90% of Inspire users are in the manufacturing field, the company reports, but the software is catching on in the field of architecture as well — among professionals as well as academia, “which is always looking for new ways to create beautiful designs that have structure,” Hassberger said. Using Inspire allows building designers to move to more organic shapes that are visually interesting and often make their way into high-profile projects.

CAD Compatibility

“Inspire is an and system, not an or,” said Bartels, meaning that it works in tandem with CAD software, and does not replace it. “Use is not constricted by development of CAD vendors.” Inspire can be used in combination with any 3D CAD product on a Windows or Mac platform.


Inspire is compatible with any 3D CAD solution running on a Windows or Mac platform.


Availability and Pricing


solidThinking Inspire is available as a standalone product ($6,495 single license; $7,995 network) or with the purchase of HyperWorks, the open-architecture CAE platform developed by parent company Altair.

More information about Inspire and a free trial of version 9.5 are available on the solidThinking web site. Available resources include a collection of new videos that offer a tour of the user interface, a review of the latest features added for Inspire 9.5, an overview of how Inspire fits into the product design process, and more, as well as a series of tutorials developed for the Inspire 9.5 release.

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