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solidThinking Inspire review by <span>Jared C.</span>
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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.

solidThinking Inspire review by <span>Nicolas C.</span>
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"Very user friendly optimisation program"

What do you like best?

Inspire is very easy to use to optimise the design of any mechanical part. The interface is very user friendly and you can get results in few minutes, unlike many other optimization softwares. You can import many types of 3D modeling files and export the optimized geometry in many other formats. Also, SolidThinking offer this software for free to students, which is very appreciated for educative purposes.

What do you dislike?

The "analyse" module of SolidThinking Inspire 2017 is impossible to use on a optimized model on Mac OS 10.12. (It is a software bug). However, it is possible to use the "analyse" module on an imported model. I had to install the software on Windows instead for completing my projects. I hope this compatibility problem will be corrected in a future update or the 2018 version.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This software is very easy to use. I recommend it in an education purpose (engineering) or in an entreprise who do mechanical design.

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

As a member of a Baja SAE team, I use this software to minimise the weight of many parts of the vehicle. With a 10 hp engine only, the vehicle have to be as light as possible to be competitive. Many parts are critical and it is very important to ensure that they will resist to the applied loads in competition. We uses SolidWorks for the design of the vehicle and the optimisation module of SolidWorks is very less powerful than Inspire.

solidThinking Inspire review by <span>Marcel J.</span>
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"I used the software to show a group of minor students applications for topology optimization. "

What do you like best?

The fast learning curve and simple straight forward approach. Very welcome was the cost free use for our students. We use SolidWorks as modelling software throughout the curriculum. Importing general formats into Inspire is a huge plus. Solidworks has no capability in itself for optimization, although the simulation options are good for students. An add-in for SW (ParetoWorks) is really awful. If you want to do optimization, just like more complex simulation, the simulia/abaqus software of Dassault is expensive and complex for students with limited background in statics, materials and strength.

What do you dislike?

I prefer modelling software as Inventor or SolidWorks over Inspire, by far. But that said, I haven't dug into Inspire or Evolve enough to really judge it. I have similar experience when using sketchup or Rhino for a project once. It does not compare with professional modelling software. However, every software has it niche users that can do awesome stuff.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Powerfull tool when used for quick experimentation. I recommand import of general formats from modelling software that you're probibly used to. It than shows a perfect companion.

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

We experimented with some mechanical machine parts. With Inspire we realized mass reduction with better mises distribution. Knowing that we had to let go of some conventional subtractive manufacturing methods and investigate additive manufacturing.

What we also did is export the mesh like texture for aesthetics, read artistic looks in design. It works nice.

solidThinking Inspire review by <span>Rahul P.</span>
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"Interesting UI choice"

What do you like best?

The software is really powerful. Most of which I have no idea how to use. It will be good to provide guides to simple tasks (A bit like Fusion 360 or Simscale). It was overall a very good piece of software.

What do you dislike?

I found that the UI was too over simplistic. As in they were icons with no descriptions when you hovered over (not was bad as evolve though). This is alright if you know the software inside out but I found it rather difficult to use. I did not like the student licensing system because I work between my windows PC (at home) and MacBook (at university). The licence tied me to one system. Also the license expires after I am a student (may be provide a free/cheaper hobbyist licence?).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its a cool piece of software. Definitely should try it out since its free for students

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

I primarily used it for modelling lightweight structures to be manufactured using additive manufacturing

solidThinking Inspire review by <span>Aaron H.</span>
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"Inspired!"

What do you like best?

The best thing I like about solidThinking Imspire is the unique optimization feature. Being able to "grow" a part is amazing.

What do you dislike?

The think I like least is the learning curve. It's unlike the top parametric modeling software and takes getting used to. Also it is supposed play nice with native solidworks files, but doesn't.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very cool software for optimizing parts. Can also be used to model parts.

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

I use inspire in my SAE Baja team to optimize parts we have designed in solidworks.

solidThinking Inspire review by User
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"Nice Topology Optimization"

What do you like best?

I think the optimization is very easy and quick to execute. I think a great tool to develop quick optimizations and make a better first design.

What do you dislike?

I think that the tools to create CADs are a bit difficult to use. Consequently it is easier now to develop the part in other software which is bad since we need to use more than a tool at once.

I also think that having multiple options in one icon makes finding new commands a bit tough.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try, nice and easy to use.

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

Topology optimizations.

Easy, quick and reliable in its use. I think that is a perfect tool to begin with several options to improve the designs.

solidThinking Inspire review by <span>Ryan R.</span>
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"Solid Thinking Inspire"

What do you like best?

License Management Is easily manageable.

The software has great tools to get a quick understanding of possible design geometry.

The surfacing environment is very efficient and useful.

The Load case controls are efficient and pretty accurate.

Meshing is a very easy process.

What do you dislike?

Direct CAD Geometry manipulation would be ideal in order to iterate even more efficiently.

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

This software brings the napkin sketch philosophy of design to the world FEA. It gives a quick understanding of expected geometric options around specific use cases. The traditional process of manually imagining possible geometry, modeling it and setting up a full-fledged FEA analysis seems to have been replaced with this much more efficient workflow.

solidThinking Inspire review by <span>Morgan M.</span>
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"Confusing to start "

What do you like best?

The ease of contacting support, and how local everyone is made it very easy to communicate.

What do you dislike?

It needs a better and more training presentations, it was hardly enough to get going for those not familiar with this type of software

Recommendations to others considering the product

More tutorial videos.

Major cas programs have huge user bases that create videos, without the need of the company to do so.

You are starting out and do not have that user base to make those videos. You need to supplement that until you reach the mainstream.

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

Optimizing tube chassis

solidThinking Inspire review by <span>Tomasz T.</span>
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"One of the strongest TO on the market"

What do you like best?

I like a lot there.

The first impression: extremely clean GUI with multi-function icons replacing pull-down menus is a thrill.

The actual topology optimization functionality is very decent. Probably the best program on the market to demonstrate what TO is about.

I do have my wish list for additional design constraints, and I know that this engineering software class develops very quickly, so this is just a matter of time to see what I've been waiting for.

What do you dislike?

I know that SolidThinking recommends to use Inspire only as a guide for the actual mechanical design, but I think that they undersell Inspire. With a better algorithm for transforming the TO results to CAD surfaces, this program is ready for a virtually final desing output.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look around and check other TO programs like GENESIS with ANSYS and GTAM or TOSCA with Simulia to see how it compares.

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

Structural design of LED illumination systems, lamps etc. Obtaining optimized part geometry that surpasses my imagination.

solidThinking Inspire review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Great tool to experiment"

What do you like best?

User Interface is very good. It helps to clearly find the commands you need. Topology Optimization option helps to make design lightweight! You can do different values, experiment and see the results for better understanding or validation with FEA. Super easy to use

What do you dislike?

Not so smooth results after implementing Topology Optimization on the CAD geometry: You might need to do additional smoothening steps. Also if you have a FEA check in mind, it won't do TopOpt optimally with that, you will need to do it manually

Recommendations to others considering the product

New users should give it a try

FEA and Lightweighti component design users should give it a try as well.

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

Understanding working of TopOpt and light weighting.

solidThinking Inspire review by <span>Kyle K.</span>
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"Great way to to create fluid and creative structures."

What do you like best?

The ability to create natural fluid structures that have engineering data to back up the styling.

What do you dislike?

Some of the controls don't feel intuitive, for example the camera and basic modeling controls.

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

I used this program to help me create a frame structure for a sport utility vehicle. Using the program cut down the time it would have taken me to manually design the frame.

solidThinking Inspire review by User
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"Good UI and easy to learn"

What do you like best?

Unlike most engineering software which are difficult to learn and use, the solid thinking package offers good functionality with intuitive UI and rich documentation. An engineering could learn to use the software and produce meaningful and beautiful results in just a few days.

What do you dislike?

Inspire hides a bunch of technical details that are relevant to generate good computational results. This may not be bad for a beginner. However, such deliberate simplification could be a deal breaker for more experienced users who require deep customisation on solution procedures.

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

Mainly for topology optimisation. My favourite is the poly-morph function that can generate smooth structure (not necessarily optimised) from discretized mesh.

solidThinking Inspire review by User in Automotive
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"Great user-friendly program"

What do you like best?

The program is really user friendly and has good resources for someone new to learn on the way

What do you dislike?

At the moment, I have not found something I dislike.

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

I have used it in Formula SAE design and have gained weight reductions of up to 32% in some parts. In fact, we earned an innovation award thanks to this during competition

solidThinking Inspire review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"Easy to use, but powerful tool"

What do you like best?

I like the ease-of-use in terms of importing a CAD, setting up basic loads, viewing the optimized results, and exporting.

What do you dislike?

The odd gui. The tools are used by clicking specific parts of an icon on the toolbar, and the lack of details in the progress section for running simulations. Also the results menu is hard to navigate/clearly (see all the runs made), and the app often crashes on load or opening a complex part.

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

It allows a quick analysis of optimizing based off of many parameters rather than manually running FEA and optimizing from there.

solidThinking Inspire review by <span>Josue E.</span>
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"Good experience"

What do you like best?

The interface is simple and responsive, all the tools are easy to pick and intuitive. The program is easy to handle.

What do you dislike?

The PolyNURBS tools creates odd bends and twisted surfaces

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easy to use, good results

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

Inspire is good to accelerate design processes

solidThinking Inspire review by User
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"TOPOLOGY OPTIMIZATION TO MINIMIZE THE MASS"

What do you like best?

I like the simplicity of the interface. You can import neutral files and work without difficulty.

I like so much the possibility to run more load cases with one optimization.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the difficulty that you met when change the material after that you run the optimization and the fact that you have to rebuilt almost entirely the solid with manual operation.

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

Using this software you can save a lot of time.

solidThinking Inspire review by User in Consumer Goods
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"Great tool"

What do you like best?

Easy to use software. Very user friendly.

What do you dislike?

I do not have any major cimplaints about this tool

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

Used it for weight reduction, material reduction and strength maximization.

solidThinking Inspire review by User in Automotive
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"Optimize your design!!!!"

What do you like best?

Very cool way to take a design, throw it in a computer, and use dynamic modeling to make it even better!

What do you dislike?

Really steep learning curve, and not so intuitive to use at first when applying loads and pulling in parts

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make the buttons easier

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

Optimization and design!

solidThinking Inspire review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Frequent user of Inspire, very impressed."

What do you like best?

The ease of use. Very intuitive and thorough.

What do you dislike?

It crashes too frequently. The feature creation is not the easiest to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

highly recommended for the additive manufacturing world.

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

we are using it to speed up our workflow and produce geometries that use less material to print, saving us money.

solidThinking Inspire review by User
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"Easy to learn and functional"

What do you like best?

For creating additive manufacturing optimized designs (SLM) this is the perfect choice. Easy to learn, fast way to optimized geometries.

What do you dislike?

Can cause problems when shaping the CAD with polynurbs - possibly because my PC is not good enough.

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

Weight saving at structural components.

solidThinking Inspire review by User in Non-Profit Organization Management
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"A very fine product"

What do you like best?

Easy interface, works very well for my needs

What do you dislike?

A learning curve for design/modeling software by its nature is involved, but no longer than other products I have used

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

Visualizing from sketchbook to computer to generate models and parts as a ceramic designer

solidThinking Inspire review by User
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"Msc thesis project"

What do you like best?

Correct results, easy to use, easy to import files from other modelling softwares.

What do you dislike?

The low compatibility with Cad softwares (mesh modelling was very hard).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easy to use and learn.

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

-50% mass in structural component for a building, integration with DMLS.

solidThinking Inspire review by User in Machinery
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"Easy to use software"

What do you like best?

Software is intuitive and easy to use. Good to get first structural ideas.

What do you dislike?

Not enough options in some areas. Lacks dynamic loads.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Test before buying this product to see if it suits your business

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

Wheight reduction

solidThinking Inspire review by User
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"Exploratory Software for Additive Manufacturing"

What do you like best?

The user interface was sleek, smooth and easy to use.

What do you dislike?

Not enough tutorial information was available which makes it a bit hard to use

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

Preliminary inquiry into additive manufacturing for helicopter blade

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