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olidThinking creates, develops, and markets technology that helps our user community bring the most desirable products to their customers faster. solidThinking was started in 1991 to meet the needs of Italian industrial designers, and acquired by Altair in 2008. Our offering has now been expanded to assist product development for designers, engineers, architects, and scientists. solidThinking software is sold and supported by a global network of distribution partners and is also available as part of the Altair HyperWorks suite.


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solidThinking Inspire enables design engineers, product designers, and architects to create and investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily. Traditional structural simulations allow engineers to check if a design will support the required loads. Inspire enhances this process by generating a new material layout within a package space using the loads as an input. The software is easy to learn and works with existing CAD tools to help design structural parts right the first time, reducing costs, development time, material consumption, and product weight.


  • Geometry simplification tools
  • Smoothing options
  • Linear static analysis
  • Concentrated mass parts


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solidThinking Evolve allows industrial designers to develop forms faster, using either Windows or Mac OS X. It enables you to capture an initial sketch, explore styling alternatives, and visualize products with realistic renderings generated in real time. Evolve provides organic surface modeling and parametric control, with NURBS-based surfaces and solids and a unique ConstructionTree history feature. It frees designers from the constraints of engineering-oriented CAD tools, while allowing the export of digital models required by others in the product development process.


Model in Complete Freedom

Choose the modeling technique that best suits your needs. Surfaces or solids, NURBS or polygonal modeling, solidThinking implements them all and allows you to mix these techniques effortlessly.

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Enhance your design experience. Invent. Explore.

Perfect. Develop and visualize product concepts without the limitations of traditional software. With automated construction history management, solidThinking enables rapid development of design alternatives to discover new design opportunities, explore form and innovate upon existing designs. solidThinking’s unmatched flexibility and streamlined designer’s desktop environment speed workflow and improve productivity – providing more creative time for designers to design.

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Create stunning visualizations in a realistic environment.

After creating your design, visualize it with diverse settings and lightings that accurately reproduce the real world. Quickly and easily generate photorealistic/artistic renderings or animations, HTML Web pages or QuickTime VR movies to prepare presentations that will “take your viewer’s breathe away.”

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Exchange your projects with CAD and animation programs.

Import/export plug-ins include IGES, DXF, 3DS, 3DStudio Max, DWG, Lightwave, Maya, RIB, SolidWorks, STEP, STL, VDA-FS and VRML.

Create your own libraries of models, materials and scenes.

Build on previous designs and save time. The extensible libraries of models, materials and scenes let you create an unlimited archive of parts, assemblies, surface attributes and materials that can be easily retrieved, customized and used for development of new products.

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