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Access to all products within the Altair Inspire Platform

Altair Units is a revolutionary license model replacing the traditional way of licensing software.

Normally you’d choose a software title for which you’d purchase a license. With Altair Units, you choose a number Units to start any product you want for which you have enough Units.

You lease Altair Units per year.

Altair Units can be freely distributed within your organization. This way, you can grant access to the software to anyone in your organization. This makes Altair Units the most flexible software licensing model that exists today.



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Altair Units Model

With Altair Units, customers have full access to every Altair product and Altair Partner product, plus the power to solve on any scale. Therefore, the Altair Units Model is scalable, shareable, and more cost effective than obtaining individual licenses:

  • Customers purchase a pool of sharable units;
  • Users draw units from the pool to access multiple Altair (partner) products, across any location;
  • Units return to the pool after use and become available to all users.
Flexibility to Run Anywhere

Flexibility to Run Anywhere

Customers have full access to the software instantly, including more than 150 Altair and partner products, and can run these applications on-demand locally, in the cloud, or in a hybrid setup.
Freedom to Choose

Freedom to Choose

By consolidation of the software environment, the same licenses can be used for many different applications. Consolidation also helps with containing management costs, as well as eliminating restrictions floating within a zone.
Value-based Licensing

Value-based Licensing

End users can use a variety of pre- and post-processors simultaneously on a machine and drawing only units for the most valuable product. Solver instances also level on desktop offering tremendous value and savings of over 70%.

All the tools for a successful design

Altair's broad product portfolio is organized into suites of tools that align with the core roles of concept engineering. From designers to engineers, the solutions equip your teams with the tools they need to be successful, under a single, value-based license:

  • Access to a rich portfolio of technologies at affordable price points with tailored bundle of products targeting specific users.
  • Scalability to maximize the power of existing investment on high-performance computing resources in- house and on the cloud on demand.
  • Execute simulations anywhere (on-premises or cloud) without business restrictions.
  • Simplicity of a single Altair One™ experience to manage software and its usage.

Altair One - Cloud-based License Management

Explore further with dynamic, collaborative access to simulation and data analytics technology plus scalable HPC and cloud resources, all in one place:

  • Mobilize resources quickly to meet real-time demand.
  • Cut down time-to-market.
  • Scale easily and pay only for what you need.
  • Data always at your fingertips and managed for you.
  • Leave the integrations to Altair, so you don’t need to be a cloud expert on every platform.

Number of Units per product

Please see below image to see how many Units you need per Altair Platform title.

solidThinking Units - Access to all products within the Altair Inspire Platform solidThinking Units is a revolutionary license model replacing the traditional way of licensing software.


Altair Units

The price of Altair Units depends on which products you wish to use. That is why these products are divided into 3 categories:

  • Industrial Designer (ID) Suite - € 90,- per Unit per year
  • Mechanical Designer (MD) Suite - € 180,- per Unit per year
  • Concept Engineer (CE) Suite - € 350,- per Unit per year

Units from a higher category are compatible with products from a lower category, so e.g. CE Units work with products from the MD and ID Suites. Vice versa this is not possible, so ID Units cannot be used for MD or CE Suite products.

Units per year

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I also lease Altair Units per month?
I once had an annual license, can I also use the Altair Units?
Can anyone in my company use the Altair Units?
I work together with a company on a project, can I also give them access to my Altair Units?
If I lease 10 Units, can two people use products that require 5 and 2 Units at the same time?
Can I also use the Units offline?
Where can I find the products that I can use?
There is an update for an Altair product, do I get access to it?
Can I give it a try?
Can I reduce the number of Units during the lease term?

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Would you like more information about Altair Units?
Please contact us at:

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