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solidThinking Inspire® Certified for Company-Wide Use by Daimler

Organic inspiration for automotive design engineers

TROY, Mich., July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Daimler AG has officially certified solidThinking Inspire®, a product that enables design engineers to create and investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily. With this certification, the tool becomes available to all design engineers at the customer as part of the Altair HyperWorks® computer-aided engineering software suite. Traditional structural simulations allow engineers to check if a design will support the required loads; solidThinking Inspire enhances this process by directly generating an optimal new material layout within a given design space using loads as an input.

The automotive industry is continually striving for lighter and more structurally efficient designs to meet global emission regulations while improving product performance. With solidThinking Inspire, these goals can now be achieved during the initial conceptual design phase of a new component or system, since the tool supports a simulation driven design process. Furthermore, solidThinking Inspire helps design engineers follow the functional and resource-efficient design rules found within nature - an approach often called biomimicry - for additional inspiration. This typically results in more organic looking shapes and structures than traditional design methods.

With the Daimler certification, all design engineers within the car and truck development departments of the company may now use solidThinking Inspire within their projects, giving them an opportunity to create efficient structures with minimum weight. This works for components, assemblies, and entire systems. Design engineers may also use solidThinking Inspire to apply a required stiffness on a component where needed, helping to avoid undesired vibrations and contributing to overall vehicle comfort and quality.

"Historically, the sophisticated optimization technology contained within solidThinking Inspire was only available to simulation specialists. This technology can now be used where it offers the greatest return - within the concept phase of a new development project," said Pietro Cervellera, Managing Director Altair Engineering GmbH. "We are thrilled about the certification and look forward to supporting the organization both during and after deployment."

About solidThinking, Inc.

solidThinking creates, develops and markets technology that helps our user community bring the most desirable products to their customers faster. solidThinking software is sold and supported by a global network of distribution partners and is also available as part of the Altair HyperWorks® suite. solidThinking is a wholly owned subsidiary of Altair. Privately held with more than 2,300 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates more than 40 offices throughout 22 countries.

About Altair

Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,300 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates more than 40 offices throughout 22 countries. Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

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