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Altair SimSolid™ – 3D Solid Seam Welds
Seam welds are now modeled as 3D solids. This replaces the previous connection based approach. Welds are defined by section size and length along the edge. Simple trapezoidal shapes are used to represent the welds. Weld material properties are taken from the adjacent parts.

Reduce Time-to-Market Using Rapid Design Iteration
One of the biggest challenges in the consumer electronics industry is reducing the time-to-market given the highly competitive landscape and there is a stronger emphasis on virtual simulations over physical prototyping. However, performing virtual simulations on large complicated assemblies can be a tedious and time-consuming process due to the complexity of the assembly.

This webinar presents Altair’s CAD-based simulation process that can drastically reduce the time taken to build and solve large complicated electronic components.

How NOV Leverages Disruptive Technology in Structural Simulation
The oil and gas industry is no stranger to challenges. In today’s world, the challenges come from an extremely competitive energy market, the growth of renewable energy, the increasing demand for minimizing the environmental footprint, and most recently the economics effects of the COVID pandemic. For these reasons, the industry is adapting to these challenges by adopting digital transformation initiatives leveraging new technologies and innovative solutions for its success. SimSolid is Altair‘s next-generation, structural simulation tool that can accurately solve complex and large structures directly on CAD models in Minutes! Unlike conventional FEA based tools, SimSolid does not require geometry simplification, meshing, model setup, or high computational resources.

Altair Inspire – Altair SimSolid Analysis
Tips and Tricks

You can now use SimSolid as your solver when running a structural analysis in Inspire. This gives you the ability to edit geometry, which was not possible in the stand-alone version of SimSolid, as well as yielding significantly faster results when running an analysis in Inspire. Linear static and normal modes analyses are supported when using the SimSolid solver, as well as all boundary conditions and results visualizations. SimSolid extends Inspire’s solver capacity and makes it much faster to analyze large assemblies and complex parts.

How Whirlpool Evaluates and Validates Concepts in Minutes with Altair SimSolid
In this webinar, Alexandre Luis Marangoni, Senior CAE Engineer at Whirlpool Corporation discusses how they validated SimSolid against FEA solver results, then implemented the tool into their concept design processes.
SimSolid is used at Whirlpool to quickly evaluate concept feasibility, answer critical design questions, and deliver designs to project teams faster than ever before.

Altair will demonstrate additional powerful functionality of SimSolid, preview the upcoming SimSolid 2020 release, and introduce an exciting new integration with Altair Inspire. Inspire's award winning user experience for geometry creation and modification can be learned in just a few hours, and now delivers SimSolid's speed and accuracy for structural analysis. For users without access to CAD software, Inspire and SimSolid combine to enable interactive geometry modification while analyzing large assemblies and complex parts, all within one common user interface.

Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance Uses Altair SimSolid to Bring Vehicles Chassis Faster onto the Road
Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance is a French-Japanese strategic partnership between the automobile manufacturers Renault (based in France), Nissan (based in Japan) and Mitsubishi Motors (based in Japan). Today, the automotive group has 122 manufacturing plants worldwide with nearly 450,000 employees controlling ten major brands: Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Infiniti, Renault Samsung, Dacia, Alpine, Datsun, Venucia, and Lada. The ambition of the alliance is to offer autonomous drive, connectivity features, and services on a wide range of affordable vehicles. As part of the Renault Chassis Le Mans plant, which is building car-to-ground connecting components for the Renault Group and for the Alliance, the CTC Chassis Technical Center is a CAD engineering center where 350 engineers and technicians are working with a focus on testing and validation. Renault has been using SimSolid to perform simulations to develop lighter chassis faster.

SimSolid 2019.5 Introduction
In this course you will have the opportunity to learn about the capabilities contained within SimSolid. Modules contained within the course provide detailed descriptions of the tools and workflows within SimSolid. You will also have the opportunity to watch and perform hands on exercises throughout the modules.

What Customers Are Saying About SimSolid
Users from CNH Industrial, Multimatic, and Plastic Omnium discuss the impact of Altair SimSolid on their work.

Norwood Sawmills Case Study
In the early 1990s, Peter Dale designed and built his own portable sawmill to help with the construction of a new log cabin. Recognizing a gap in the commercial market, he promptly founded Norwood Sawmills. More than twenty-five years later, it’s a thriving company that continues to specialize in rugged sawmills for customers such as builders, landowners, and furniture makers. Reflecting the company’s roots, Norwood Sawmills has established an enviable reputation for innovative, high-quality product design, and currently holds over 50 patents. To date, the company has produced in excess of 35,000 sawmills at its factories in Canada and the USA, supplying the equipment in flat-pack format to customers in more than 100 different countries.

Rapid Structural Evaluation of Complex Electronics Assemblies
One of the biggest challenges in the consumer electronics industry is reducing the time-to-market given the highly competitive landscape. Given the lack of time, companies are becoming more and more dependent on virtual simulations rather than physical prototyping to inform the design process. However, performing virtual simulations on large complicated assemblies can also be a tedious and time-consuming process due to geometry simplification and meshing. Additionally, rapid changes in material, geometry, and assemblies complicate the model building process and make it difficult to generate answers comparing various design iterations.

This webinar seeks to introduce a CAD-based simulation process that drastically reduce the time it takes to make informed design decisions on large complicated electronic components. The methods presented in this webinar enable both the design and engineering teams to rapidly explore the performance of large electronic assemblies in seconds as opposed to hours.

Webinar: How Brompton Bicycle Makes Design Decisions in Seconds with Altair SimSolid
Together with Altair, Brompton Bicycle will give you insight into its experiences of utilizing Altair SimSolid, a revolutionary structural analysis solution developed specifically for design engineers. During the 60 minute session, Jonathan Heath, Lead Mechanical Engineer at Brompton Bicycle, demonstrates live how SimSolid is enabling their design and engineering teams to rapidly explore the performance of its new product gaining accurate feedback on whether parts and assemblies are fit for purpose in just a few seconds.

Designer Oriented Software - Is it Accurate?
Ian Symington of NAFEMS investigates the accuracy of Altair SimSolid through a series of eight analysis benchmarks.

Article originally published in Benchmark Magazine by NAFEMS, the International Association for the Engineering Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Community. Find out more at nafems.org.

Fabric & Altair SimSolid
Fabric, the robotic micro-fulfillment centers Company, Leav Oz-Ari, discuss the challenges its engineering team meet and how the move to Altair SimSolid has cut its simulation time from hours to a just few minutes.

SimSolid 2019.4 Introduction
In this course you will have the opportunity to learn about the capabilities contained within SimSolid. Modules contained within the course provide detailed descriptions of the tools and workflows within SimSolid. You will also have the opportunity to watch and perform hands on exercises throughout the modules.

Webinar: Lead-Time Reduction at Renault with Altair SimSolid
Renault presents how they've adopted SimSolid to significantly speed up design time and gain deep design insights upfront in the design process.

Find out how SimSolid is used to run multiple structural simulation iterations directly on their CAD geometry in minutes with amazing accuracy.

Altair SimSolid – Copy Boundary Condition
Copy of loads and boundary condition: This would allow user to copy loads and boundary condition from one structural subcase to another structural subcase or structural subcase to modal subcase.

Altair SimSolid – Spots for Load Application
Many traditional FEA systems require faces to be split to create localized loads and constraints. SimSolid has a better way – Spots.


Altair SimSolid – Linear Superposition of Subcases
Linear Superposition of subcases in SimSolid.

Altair SimSolid – Partial Dynamic Response & Dynamic Reaction Forces
Partial dynamic response & dynamic reaction forces in SimSolid.

The Key Role of Simulation in Development of Aluminum Profiles and Study of Glass Structures in Shorter Design Time
This presentation discusses advancements of the range and quality of products in the last few years at Faraone, thanks to the adoption of both Altair Inspire and SimSolid. SimSolid is a great tool that allows Faraone to study and refine the design of complex structures and a variety of different products, not just glass balustrades. In less than half an hour, it makes it possible to analyze and verify a three-story glass staircase, directly from the 3D CAD file, a simulation that would normally requires about half a day. Additionally, Moreover the original CAD drawing does not need simplification, SimSolid® works directly from the 3D CAD file, allowing fewer issues, and a better, final solution.

Design for Additive Manufacturing with Topology Optimization
Presentation by Avishai Warszawski, Mechanical Designer at IAI, Israel Aerospace Industries at the ATCx in Israel, Netanya on October 30, 2019.

The goal of this project is to design a lightweight and stiff support bracket for delicate coaxes which are attached to an electronic unit. The machining design of this bracket, although very light in weight, did not provide the required stiffness and was also very expensive to manufacture. The best approach for design was only realized after the AM team was requested to find a solution. Topology optimization with Altair tools was used to define the best shape that provides the best solution. Finally, the bracket was printed in an SLM machine from AlSi10Mg. In the near future it will be qualified by dynamic tests in accordance with the defined environmental loads.

Hyperworks X Highlights & Future
Presentation by Sergi Chanukaev, Country Managing Director, Altair Israel, at the ATCx in Israel, Netanya on October 30, 2019.


Maximize Productivity in SimSolid
Getting started with SimSolid? View this video to see how you can get started and maximize your productivity with the tool.

The Secrets to Fast AND Accurate Simulation Webinar
No Tradeoffs Required!

There has always been a required compromise when it comes to structural simulation. This tradeoff required users to select a tool that excels in either depth/accuracy OR speed (you have likely experienced this yourself).

With Altair SimSolid, this compromise is no longer necessary. SimSolid works directly on CAD geometry and gives its users incredibly accurate design insight in seconds to minutes.

Blazingly Fast AND Incredibly Accurate Simulation is possible! View our webinar to learn more!

SimSolid Drives Down Analysis Time at Don-Bur
Truck trailer manufacturer, Don-Bur, discuss the challenges its engineering team was having with simulation in SolidWorks, and how a move to SimSolid has cut its simulation time from hours to a just few minutes.

Lead-Time Reduction at Renault with Altair SimSolid
Renault presented on their use of Altair SimSolid at the HyperWorks 2019 Roadshow in France. They showed a reduction in lead time from weeks to hours with results accuracy within 5% of their standard processes.

Evaluate the Largest Assemblies in Minutes with SimSolid
Moving stage for the Qintai Culture & Art Center in Wuhan, China.
The CAD assembly used for the analysis consisted of 7738 parts, including hundreds of bolts and welds. It required approx. one hour to import and setup the model, 30 minutes to solve the analysis on a regular laptop. SimSolid model created by: INNEO.

Image source: SBS Bühnentechnik GmbH

Digital Architects
To build a very simple, robust, sustainable roof structure for a prosthesis lab associated with the Centre medico-chirurgical de l'Ulcère de Buruli, which is a hospital in Bouaké, on the Ivory Coast of Africa, the project team used Altair SimSolid, to conduct very fast, full assembly tests, saving time and money, while providing increased flexibility, without compromising accuracy.

Simulation V Atoms
Dr. Nuno Lourenco, Senior Manager Body Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover presents at the 2019 UK Altair Technology Conference. The increasing complexity of mechanical systems across multiple industries poses challenges to simulation activities, where solvers, pre- and post- processors often fail to capture all control variables and noise factors affecting a system and can lead ultimately to a gradual loss of credibility to simulation tools and engineers. A hypothesis is presented that the answer is to tackle that system complexity through simplicity, in an approach that is more akin to software development rather than traditional mechanical
system design.

Meaningful Results Earlier in the Design Process with SimSolid
Especially in the early design stages of product development, variants change quicker than conventional FEA tools and processes can keep up with. This is even more apparent when full assemblies or complex structures have to be evaluated. Simulation can be a powerful tool to help inform product development decisions, but you need fast, accurate results in order to react at the speed of design.

Empowering Designers with Predictive Simulation Technology
Jon Heath, Lead Mechanical Engineer at Brompton Bicycle presents at the UK ATC 2019. The Brompton bicycle has been engineered over many years using very much traditional engineering development methods. Introducing FEA tools and methods into the development process has allowed Brompton to reduce development time and improve early stage design robustness.



This presentation details how the company has implemented the Altair Inspire, SimSolid and HyperWorks suites into its development process, enabling its design team to find problems quickly and correct them before prototyping.

Transforming Design & Decision Making by Applying Simulation Throughout Product Lifecycles
Seen here presenting at the UK Altair Technology Conference 2019, James R. Scapa brings more than 35 years of engineering experience to his dual role of Chairman and CEO of Altair Engineering, Inc., a title he has held since the company’s inception. In 1985, Mr. Scapa and two partners founded a small consulting activity in the new field of computer-aided-engineering. Today, the company employs over 2,000 employees with more than 82 offices throughout 25 countries.



Through Mr. Scapa’s leadership, the company is now a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services that empower client innovation and decision-making. With over 5,000 clients, Altair serves the automotive, aerospace, government and defense, heavy equipment industry sectors as well as the consumer products, shipbuilding, energy, electronics, life sciences, and architecture engineering and construction markets. Prior to establishing Altair, Scapa served as an engineering consultant to the automotive industry, beginning his career with Ford Motor Company in 1978. Scapa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Import CAD and Define Connections
Step 1 in getting started with SimSolid, Import CAD and identify connections

Setup and Run Analysis
Step 2 in getting started with SimSolid, setup loads and run analysis


Review and Evaluate Results
Step 3 in getting started with SimSolid, interactively review and evaluate results


Analyze and Compare Variants
Step 4 in getting started with SimSolid, import and compare variants


Altair SimSolid Tutorial Projects
Altair SimSolid tutorial projects contain CAD models, SimSolid project files and complete workflow instructions. They are intended to complement the SimSolid Fast Start Training Guide with additional instructions on several typical use cases. They are a great resource which allow you to compare SimSolid against your existing FEA solutions.

Altair SimSolid Connections Training Guide
Altair SimSolid is a next generation, high capacity, structural FEA product. It uses new computational methods which operate on original, unsimplified CAD geometry and does not need a mesh. This training guide provides details on how to connect and manage large assemblies in SimSolid. For general overview, please see SimSolid Fast Start Training Guide.

Altair SimSolid Dynamics Training Guide
Altair SimSolid is a next generation, high capacity, structural FEA product. It uses new computational methods which operate on original, unsimplified CAD geometry and does not need a mesh. This training guide provides details on how to perform dynamic analysis in SimSolid including modal frequency response, transient response and random response analysis. For general overview, please see SimSolid Fast Start Training Guide.

Altair SimSolid Thermal Analysis Concepts Guide
Altair SimSolid is a next generation, high capacity, structural FEA product. It uses new computational methods which operate on original, unsimplified CAD geometry and does not need a mesh. This training guide provides details on how to perform steady state thermal analysis including convection and conduction. It also talks about thermal stress analysis in SimSolid. For general overview, please see SimSolid Fast Start Training Guide.

Altair SimSolid Fast Start Training Guide
Altair SimSolid is a next generation, high capacity, structural FEA product. It uses new computational methods which operate on original, unsimplified CAD geometry and does not need a mesh. This training guide provides more details on the workflows and the technology behind SimSolid. This document is a great resource to get you going.

Altair HyperWorks Brochure
Altair HyperWorks is the most comprehensive, open architecture CAE simulation platform in the industry, offering the best technologies to design and optimize high performance, weight efficient and innovative products.

Altair SimSolid Technology Overview
An overview of the theoretical foundation of SimSolid, including mathematical background, computer implementation, and positioning among numerical methods.

Serapid
Serapid, the developer and manufacturer of the original Rigid Chain, designs and manufactures telescopic mechanical actuators for the horizontal and vertical movement of heavy loads. See how they use Altair SimSolid™ to aid in gravity loads of complete structure simulation.

Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre
See how McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre in London, Ontario is uses Altair SimSolid™ to evaluate the biomechanics of bone stresses.

Simulation-Driven Design: Solving the Geometry Problem
One of the challenges of simulation is that geometry of CAD and traditional FEA are different, necessitating time consuming simplification work to define the mesh and resulting in losses in accuracy.

Altair SimSolid takes a different approach, analyzing fully featured CAD assemblies directly with no absolutely no mesh.

Andron Handling
Andron Handling needed to assess the strength of the welded fabrication and vertical clamping arms for both lifting and clamping loads. In previous analysis of this type in Altair SimSolid™, they would have removed the wheels from the model and applied reaction forces at the bottom of each of the clamp arms. In this case, Andron used a different approach that would not have been possible with previous FEA toolsets.

Altair SimSolid Datasheet
Altair SimSolid is a structural analysis software developed specifically for rapidly evolving design processes. It eliminates geometry simplification and meshing, the two most time-consuming and expertise-extensive tasks done in traditional FEA, enabling the analysis of fully-featured CAD assemblies in minutes without meshing.

Join the Simulation Revolution: Introduction to Altair SimSolid
SimSolid is a game-changing simulation technology for designers and design engineers. SimSolid accelerates product exploration with highly accurate engineering simulation:

-Analyze complex assemblies in seconds to minutes
-Simulate more, prototype less
-Predict product performance for better design decision making

SimSolid – Shortcut Keys
You can access many commonly used functions in SimSolid with keyboard shortcuts, which are generally faster and more efficient than using the toolbar

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