Few weeks back SolidThinking Inspire version 2016.1 has been released. I am following the tool from its version 2015 avatar, and really happy the way the tool is flexing its muscle to become probably the most easy to use yet powerful concept generation/optimization for the design engineers.
Some new features, I found useful as design engineer, in the tool added in last one or two releases are:
Enforced Displacement: I found it extremely important for the design problems where you don’t know (or difficult to calculate) the applied load but you know the resulting displacement.
For example, take a case of a complex truss where you would like to find out stresses at different joints and you know how much different locations of the truss displaces.
Midsurface: This option will not only help you increase your analysis or optimization productivity but also will help you checking manufacturing feasibility for the sheet metal components you intend to manufacture through stamping.
Stamping Feasibility: As I already mentioned earlier, you can now quickly check your sheet mental component design for DFM inside SolidThinking Inspire about forming defect that might occur.
Post Processing: I think after addition of the post processing features like “MIN MAX”, “List”, “Compare Results” Inspire is now moving towards more complete FEA tool than ever before.
PolyNURBS: Now there is this fun way of creating 3D geometry on top of the optimized concept suggested by Solidthinking Inspire.
Although the geometry produced out of the PolyNURBS may not looks like conventional engineering surfaces but I think it’s so far the best possible option available out there in market to convert the Topology optimized shape into CAD. What do you think?