solidThinking Inspire

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SolidThinking Inspire allows design engineers, product designers and architects to investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily.

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solidThinking Inspire review by <span>Jared C.</span>
Jared C.
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"Excellent, easy to use software"

What do you like best?

This software is incredibly intuitive and really provides an excellent finished product. The software runs relatively quickly and will typically error right away, which is a nice feature. I did not use the geometric editing portions of the software, but it seems promising to be able to edit files directly in the program. The exportation of the finished product was also very easy to do and I was able to directly insert it into the CATIA v6 model that my team had been working on.

What do you dislike?

The optistruct functionality doesn't work as well as it could; the material often has gaps that don't make sense. When running very detailed models, there's a 5GB default maximum for the file size and that made me lose 14 hours of the optimization. Also, I found that decreasing the element sizes did very little as far as improving the results. The inclusion of carbon fiber into the material palette would be a very helpful addition.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just play with it. It'll probably take some time to really get good at it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing a fuselage structure for a tandem helicopter. The main benefit is not having to use Hypermesh, a program with a different order of magnitude as far as learning curves are concerned. I'm not completely convinced the program is as robust as hypermesh and optistruct, but I'm sure with more time that functionality can be simplified and streamlined into a more robust version of solid thinking.

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solidThinking Inspire review by <span>Christian T.</span>
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"Creative design workhorse"

What do you like best?

Ability to use Nurbs style modeling to make free form designs analyze. It allows the user to break their old design paradigms and really think and model in the abstract. I think poly-Nurbs modeling will be the future of CAD modeling, the freedom of free form modeling to be used with additive manufacturing, casting or molding opens up a whole world of new designs that make lighter, cheaper, and more unique parts.

What do you dislike?

Having to run a full analysis to get results on small changes. Would be nice to have an iterative function that could adjust analysis results with small changes to the model. A more robust solver would also be nice. Sometimes it kicks out when you make the elements small.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Excellent software for new designs. Changes your thinking about traditional structures.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Design for additive manufacturing and designing new lightweight structures. Creating innovative designs that can be analyzed before prototypes that are difficult and expensive to manufacture have to be built and tested.

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solidThinking Inspire review by <span>Alan P.</span>
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"Wonderful Tool and Great Tutorials"

What do you like best?

I personally used Inspire solely for optimization of parts on my school's FSAE team. I found it very easy to pick up due to the helpful tutorials made available online. The software gave great results, was highly optimizable, and expanded ideas for potential part geometry.

What do you dislike?

In certain scenarios it was difficult to get the software to behave properly, albeit the load cases were odd, The modeling function was difficult to parameterize and I often had to settle for a generally dimensioned part or using CAD and importing a part rather than tightly controlling the base workpiece through Inspire.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely worth experimenting with. There are huge implications and possibilities for design engineering and improvement as well as general understanding of ideal design principles.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The greatest benefit was a general understanding of the potential for Inspire in future design work. Inspire brought up geometries which returned safety factors up to 10-15 times greater than previous designs without any additional weight.

solidThinking Inspire review by <span>Clayton M.</span>
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"Get approximate design guidance/results quickly"

What do you like best?

Quick easy to learn

UI is great and commands are efficient and easy to use

Solves fast

Helps to get to an efficient design with fewer iterations

What do you dislike?

Errors can be ambiguous

Hard to get a result that is manufacturable, especially for fabricated steel plate designs and/or complex designs

Needs better feedback during solves to see how long the solve will take

Needs better more efficient ways of organising and duplicating load cases where there are many similar load cases

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommended as a quick design tool to cut down on design time for issues of weight saving or basic FEA but for complex designs or load conditions a higher level program will be required. Good quick 3D editing tools but again if the edits are complex it's best to use more traditional 3d CAD software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Vehicle weight reduction

Quick initial FEA solves, just using Inspire for the FEA solver has been useful. We now get more engineers to do basic initial FEA work and if further more complex FEA work is required we use our other full feature FEA software

solidThinking Inspire review by <span>Nathan L.</span>
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"Excellent. Great tutorial and excellent results for increasing stiffness and decreasing weight."

What do you like best?

I love the way in which Inspire allows direct import of a full Solidworks assembly into the interface. I was quickly able to model the exact scenario i desired to optimize and get accurate results for what I wanted to achieve. The results were verified at Formula North this year when Iowa State's car drew attention from anyone that saw it saying "Those actually hold up?" I was amazed at the stiffness we saw with this optimization.

What do you dislike?

I struggled to smooth out the profile that I got from my shape optimization. With the intricate curves and edges, I found it easier to measure individual components of the shape and try to re-model it in Solidworks to avoid using the shaping tools in Inspire. If the shape optimization tool was able to bring the part closer to a feature recognition, I would be willing to spend more time trying to decipher which lines and edges to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Follow the tutorial. Use a different FEA program to go back and forth and compare results. Still no real-life evaluation to determine accuracy other than pass/fail.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My Formula SAE team needed to find a way to reduce weight throughout the aerodynamic system. Through CFD results, I was able to create a desired loading scenario for the part to be optimized within. This system was able to increase it's down-force, stiffness, and still become lighter than our previous mounting design. This translates to a better performing racecar.

solidThinking Inspire review by <span>Derek K.</span>
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"Excellent design optimization tool"

What do you like best?

Novel user interface, icons that clearly illustrate engineering concepts, CAD-style interactions and behavior, easy to interpret and use results, a lot of intelligent features the CAE community has been wanting for years

What do you dislike?

Some features and interactions not intuitive, Not always obvious when you have selected a tool and are in a particular 'context', Infrequent bugs and crashes, Compatibility with complex models can be iffy

Recommendations to others considering the product

Inspire is a unique tool for CAE that bridges the gap between design and engineering nicely and allows for increased efficiency between these two disciplines. Designs and engineers alike benefit from the modern UI, which allows them to test and iterate before they dial in their CAD for manufacturability. Also is much more powerful than standard CAE tools included in things like solidworks and rhino, but not so intensive as software like Ansys, Siemens CAE, etc. Overall great tool that's worth adding to any design or engineering teams toolbox.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Used for design and topology optimization on parts and assemblies. Reduces iteration cycles on the design end, allows for designs to be tested quicker up front thus improving overall design cycle efficiency.

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