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solidThinking Inspire is a breakthrough in digital product development delivering simulation-driven design tools in a friendly and intuitive environment. Design engineers and architects use Inspire to generate and explore structurally efficient concepts in the earliest phases of the design process. Using Altair’s award winning OptiStruct optimization solver as its engine, Inspire generates the ideal shape for a design given the package space, material properties and the loading requirements. Leveraging the tool consistently results in decreased design cycle time as well as significant material and weight savings.


  • Shortened Design Cycles
    Generate concepts which meet structural performance requirements at the beginning of the design cycle. This results in significant time savings over the traditional approach of design, validate, redesign to meet structural requirements.
  • Deeper Understanding of Designs
    Inspire makes it easy to perform “what-if” scenarios where package space, connections, load conditions, and shape controls can be modified. Reviewing the resulting concepts often reveals valuable insights.
  • Reduced Design Weight
    Inspire makes efficient use of material, only placing it where required to satisfy structural performance requirements. Reduced design weight leads to material cost savings, performance improvements and reduced shipping costs.

Geometry Creation

Create, modify, and de-feature solid models using Inspire’s modeling tools:
  • Sketch Tools
    Build or modify parts by sketching lines, rectangles, circles, and arcs. Geometric constraints such as tangency and perpendicularity can also be applied.
  • Trim/Break
    Cut and remove sketch curves at the point of intersection.
  • Push/Pull
    Extrude flat or cylindrical faces to create solid parts or holes, modify dimensions, or remove features such as fillets.
  • Boolean Operations
    Add, subtract, or intersect solid parts to create more complex geometry.

Manufacturing and Shape Controls

Generate design concepts that are not only structurally efficient but also manufacturable using Inspire’s shape controls:
  • Symmetry Planes
    Force asymmetric design spaces to generate symmetric optimized shapes.
  • Cyclic Repetition
    Create cyclically repeating shapes like propellers or wheels.
  • Draw Directions
    Generate shapes that can be easily molded or stamped by applying single or split draw directions.

Base Model

Concept Using 30% of the Material

Concept Using 30% of the Material and Manufacturing Controls

Customizable Materials Database

Inspire is packaged with a material library including various aluminum, steel, magnesium, and titanium alloys. Custom materials can also be added.

Part Instances

  • Parent-Child Instances
    Individual parts can be copied and pasted as an instance. Whenever one is updated, the other is automatically updated as well. Instancing information can also be imported from CAD files.
  • Pattern Repetition
    When a design space is repeated multiple times in a model using part instances, Inspire will automatically apply pattern repetition to the design spaces so they generate identical shapes.

Interactive Results Visualization

Explore optimized shapes using a simple slider to add or remove material. Users can decide which features are important and then pick the concept design best suited to their needs.

Geometry Reader Support

Geometry readers for AutoCAD 3D, Unigraphics, CATIA, SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER, Parasolid, STEP, ACIS, JtOpen, and IGES formats are provided.

Rapid Prototyping

Design concepts can be exported in STL format for use with 3D printers.

Integration with solidThinking Evolve

Import models from Evolve to generate design concepts in Inspire, and export structural shapes back to Evolve with a single click.

Assembly Configuration

Multiple assembly configurations can be created. These configurations can then be used to evaluate various design scenarios and the resulting concepts.



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Windows 7 and higher
Mac OS X 10.10 and higher
**Only 64-bit versions**

Intel Chip
4GB RAM (8GB recommended)
OpenGL Video Card 256+ MB

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Latest version
Mac OS X:
2017 build 7305
2017 build 7305
Mac OS X:
2017 build 7305


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