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Altair Inspire Studio is the new solution for innovative designers, architects, and digital artists to create, evaluate and visualize designs faster than ever before. With unrivaled flexibility and precision, its unique construction history feature along with multiple modeling techniques empowers users throughout the creative process.

By building on the functions of Altair Evolve, Inspire Studio introduces a sleek, efficient user experience. Each tool and workflow are now optimized for an efficient design experience from initial sketches to exploring concepts with parametric NURBS-based polygonal, surface, and solid modeling.

Produce stunning product presentations in real-time with the in-built high-quality, physically-based global illumination renderer supporting images and animations.

Running on both MacOS and Windows as a standalone product or under Altair’s flexible token-based licensing model, Inspire Studio frees designers’ creativity from the constraints of traditional CAID tools, while assuring export of robust digital models for product development.



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Endless Possibilities

Inspire Studio enhances creativity by letting designers drive their design. Via an intuitive user interface, with its powerful construction history tool, quickly create, explore multiple iterations, and make changes without any rework.

Mix & Match

Mix and match modeling techniques within the same environment. Combine fast, free-form polygonal modeling with the control and precision of surface and solid modeling to effortlessly create and explore even the most challenging designs.


Offering an intuitive setup, large choice of environments and materials, Inspire Studio’s rendering engine creates stunning images and complex animations, in real time with physically accurate lighting.


Inspire Studio is equipped with the following functionalities to offer you versatile 3D NURBS modeling.

Complete Feature List

Fantastic User Interface
Well known from the other Altair Inspire products, Studio offers you a breathtaking look at your workspace, containing multi-touch icons, and adjustable, tabbed toolbar and a programmable Tool Belt. This gives you access to all modeling and rendering tools you frequently use and brings any functionality directly to you.

Hybrid Modeling
With Altair Inspire Studio, you can combine working with sketches, curves, surfaces, polygonal modelling (SubD) and solids, all in one program.

Construction History
Automatically backtrack to an earlier stage of your design, reusing or modifying objects from past stages in real-time.

Well known from the more CAD-likes like e.g. SolidWorks, you can now also use Sketches in Altair Inspire Studio. Create and edit constraint-based technical sketches by easily applying geometric relationships between components and drive your 3D geometry completely parametrically.

NURBS Surfaces & Curves

Utilize Non-uniform Rational B-Splines (NURBS) curves and surfaces to accurately represent even the most complex shapes with flexibility and precision.


Now create the most complex shapes easily in 3D using polygonal modeling. Combine the ease and simplicity of polygonal modeling with the precision and flexibility of NURBS to quickly create free-form surface and solid geometry that is smooth and G2 continuous.

Polygonal Modeling to NURBS
We call the SubD’d smooth polygonal shapes in Studio PolyNURBS, because as soon as a polygon is smoothed, it automatically becomes a NURBS shape that can be exported with maximum precision to any other 3D software or machine.

Bring your designs to life with easy-to-create object animations. Move, scale and rotate objects, also along a path as the camera moves. You can save your animation in a standard film format such as MPG, of course also in a photorealistic way.

Photorealistic Rendering and Animation
Create high-quality rendered images and animations with a physically based global illumination engine in biased photorealistic, unbiased and Presto interactive modes. In other words: very, very nice results!

Technical Drawings
Coming soon...

Inspire Studio Overview

Altair Scheduled Classes

Learning available at your fingertips!
Altair offers a variety of training resources that improve customer productivity with Altair software. Courses are available for both professional and academic users. The resources available include the following:

  • Classroom courses scheduled globally
  • Virtual courses in all time zones
  • Access to eLearning for learning at any time
  • Direct access to our support forums

Altair University: Het online platform voor Altair Training & Academic Programs
Altair University: Het online platform voor Altair Training & Academic Programs

Altair University

The home for Altair Training & Academic Programs

Altair facilitates a source of instructive training programs, tutorials and other learning materials with Altair University. Software users from the Altair platform, but also students can go here for learning purposes or amplify their knowledge of the software.

For example, as a user on this platform you will find the Training Program with an overview of (virtual) training, tutorials, ebooks and learning materials that you can follow at your own pace. Students can go to the Academic Program for free software licenses, academic learning tools, tutorials, ebooks and even internships!

You can also use the Altair Support Forum at Altair University where you can go for specific user questions.

Free Altair Student Edition

Get access to the most comprehensive, open architecture CAE simulation platform in the industry, which offers the best technologies to design and optimize high performance, weight efficient and innovative products.

Altair University: Het online platform voor Altair Training & Academic Programs
Altair University: Het online platform voor Altair Training & Academic Programs

Altair Inspire Studio Forum

Looking for help with Altair Inspire Studio?

Have a look at the Altair Inspire Studio Support Forum! With more than 60.000 users, 73.000 posts and over 17.000 topics, it's more than likely that you might find an answer or a solution to one of your problems or questions regarding Altair Inspire Studio.

Altair Product Documentation

This is the most comprehensive Altair Documentation Hub on the internet. On this page, you will find all the product-specific help manuals and release notes (HTML and PDF) you'll need for your Altair Software.

Altair University: Het online platform voor Altair Training & Academic Programs


System Requirements



  • Windows 10 to 11 - 64 Bit

System Requirements:

  • Intel SSE3 CPU processor or higher
  • 8 GB RAM
  • nVidia CUDA or AMD Graphics Card with OpenCL
  • 3-button mouse with scroll function


At this moment, there is no macOS version of Inspire Studio available



At this moment, there is no Linux version of Inspire Studio available



Commercial Licenses

Product Type
Altair Inspire Studio

Total Price
€ 450,- excl. BTW per year 1

1 - Incl. access to the latest versions and technical support.

Educational Licenses

Inspire Studio History

New in Altair Studio 2021 (February 2021)


    • New Push/Push Tool
      Use the new Push/Pull tool to modify designs that do not have construction history freely. Push Pull allows you to move faces, changing the size or shape of your design.
    • Move Faces & Features
      Move Feature allows you to move faces, but also entire features (such as holes).

Push Pull

    • New Surface Intersect Tool
      The Surface Intersect and Make Manifold tools have been combined into a new Intersect tool with the following features:
      • Multi-output depending on the result of intersecting the input objects
      • Trimeshes are accepted as input objects
      • Automatic creation of solid bodies as output
      • Automatic removal of pieces inside solid bodies
      • Faces not in solid bodies can be optionally added as individual bodies

Trim / Split

    • New Split Tool
      You can now divide selected surfaces based on a selected trimming tool. You can choose which side to keep or keep both sides.
    • New Untrim Tool
      Use the new Untrim tool to restore a surface that has been trimmed.
    • Updates to Design Table
      • You can now include sketch dimensions in design tables.
      • You can now create multiple snapshot tables. You can set different values for variables in each table.

Design Table

  • Tool Name Changes
    • On the Curves tab, the Intersect tool has been renamed Split.
    • The old Split tool has been renamed Divide


    • New Mini Move Tool in PolyNURBS
      A new Mini Move tool is displayed when editing a PolyNURB. Use the Mini Move tool to move or scale the selected vertices, edges, or faces. For many cases, this eliminates the need to enter and exit the Move command while editing PolyNURBS.


  • New Create Polyline Tool (PolyNURBS)
    You can select points to create a polyline that consists of PolyNURBS edges, and then extrude the polyline to create a PolyNURBS body.
  • New Extract Polyline Tool (PolyNURBS)
    You can extract any object edge as a polyline. The polyline can be extruded as PolyNURBS face that can be edited into a PolyNURBS body.


    • New Mirror Tool (Sketching)
      You can mirror selected sketch objects around a selected centerline. The mirrored objects are constrained to maintain their size and position.
    • Constraint Legend for Sketching
      Next to the Control Panel, a legend is displayed indicating by color which sketch curves are Underdefined, Fully Defined, Over Constrained, Fixed, and Imported.


  • Tool Name Change
    The Sketching tool Split has been renamed Divide.


  • Quick Render
    You now have options to Render and Render in Darkroom:
    • Render will process the image in the application without the overhead of loading Darkroom.
    • Render in Darkoom will send the image to Darkroom for processing (Render in Darkroom).

Die Design (Windows)

  • Draw Direction Calculated by Default
    When you select a part, the draw direction is calculated by default. You can still adjust the draw direction using the Set Draw Direction tool.
  • New Symmetry Tool
    You can now define symmetry boundary conditions before designing the die face.
  • Updated Binder Tool
    The Binder tool has been updated to support symmetric parts.
  • Updated Addendum Tool
    The Addendum tool has been updated to support symmetric parts.
  • New Bridge Tool
    You can now bridge two addendums or an addendum and a part.
  • New Matching Die Tool
    You can now use the Matching Die tool to create matching dies by offset.


  • In-Application User Assistance
    Prompts appear when you select a tool that opens a guide bar or microdialog. The text prompts you what to do next.
  • Online Help
    Press F1 or select File > Help > Help to view the online help.
New in Altair Studio 2019 (October 2019)
New in Evolve 2017 (February 2017)
New in Evolve 2016 (April 2016)
New in Evolve 2015 (April 2015)
New in Evolve 2014 (April 2014)
New in Evolve 9.5 (July 2013)


User cases, video's, manuals, tutorials and more. Everything you need to get you started with Inspire Studio.


View the brochures below to discover how the Altair Inspire™ products meet industry requirements.

Altair Inspire for Industrial Design

Altair’s industrial design tools allow designers, architects, and digital artists to create, evaluate, and visualize their vision faster than ever before. Focus on ideas instead of being hindered by shortcomings of the software tools and liberate creativity with design software that lets the user model freely, make changes effortlessly, and render beautifully.

Altair Inspire for Consumer Goods

What makes consumers loyal to a product? There are many factors ranging from sensory perception to quality and durability, and now more than ever, the sustainability of the product and its impact on the planet. Consumers use the same factors to judge all products no matter if it’s a dishwasher, athletic shoes, or mobile phones. Altair’s broad portfolio of solvers helps in every step of design.

Altair Inspire for Automotive

The automotive industry is evolving at an unprecedented pace; a transformation driven by simulation.As a product development partner to the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers, Altair works to accelerate product development, enhance passenger safety and experience, all while optimizing vehicle fuel economy and durability. The technologies are changing the way vehicles of all types are designed.

Altair Inspire for Marine

From the design and manufacture of small recreational crafts and large oil tankers to the most technologically advanced aircraft carriers, Altair has assisted the world’s leading shipbuilders and boat designers to develop higher performing, safer and lower cost vessels through the application of simulation technology. Altair helps naval architects address complex engineering challenges and mitigate environmental risks associated with seagoing loads including structural, hydro, dynamic, thermal and fatigue, as well as above surface and underwater weapon threats for the military and homeland security.


See below the various applications and examples of Inspire Studio (or its predecessor Evolve) in practice.



Converting Apple Adapters into Robots

Converting Apple Adapters into Robots

Working Bench for Kids

Working Bench for Kids






The latest video tutorials to get you started with Inspire Studio.

Manufacture a 3D-printed Pen



Chair Workflow

Bike Wheel

Construction History

More Info?

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