Altair Inspire 2019.4

Altair Inspire version 2019.4 includes the following new features and enhancements.

New Features: Inspire

Four toolbelts have been added to help you quickly access the tools you need for geometry, structures, motion, and PolyNURBS. They are accessible via the Alt, Ctrl + Alt, Shift + Alt, and Ctrl + Shift + Alt shortcut keys. You can use the toolbelts with the default configuration of tools, or you can customize the toolbelts by adding and removing tools as required.
Downloadable Offline Help
You can now download and install an offline help package from within the product by selecting File > Help > Download Offline Help.
New Shortcut Keys
You can now use function keys to quickly run a structural analysis (F8) or motion analysis (F9) using the current run settings, or to open the Force Explorer (F10).

New Features: Structures

SimSolid Analysis
You can now use SimSolid as your solver when running a structural analysis in Inspire. This gives you the ability to edit geometry, which was not possible in the standalone version of SimSolid, as well as yielding significantly faster results when running an analysis in Inspire. Linear static and normal modes analysis are supported when using the SimSolid solver, as well as all boundary conditions and results visualizations. SimSolid extends Inspire’s solver capacity and makes it much faster to analyze large assemblies and complex parts. You can choose whether to use SimSolid or OptiStruct as the solver in the Preferences under Inspire > Run Options > Analysis solver.
Cylindrical Coordinate Systems
You can now create cylindrical coordinate systems from the Systems tool microdialog.
Displacement Component Results in Local Systems
Displacement components can now be reviewed in local systems using the Animation toolbar.
Pressure Mapping
It is now possible to apply a non-uniform distributed pressure using an option in the Pressure tool’s microdialog. Selecting the Non-Uniform Pressure option opens the Pressure Mapping table, where you can enter the position and magnitude of your pressure data. You can also import this data in .csv format.
Model Configuration Enhancements
The Model Configuration toolbar (F5) has been enhanced so that you can update configurations on the fly, as well as rename and delete configurations.
Single Login for Remote Job Submission
Now you will only be asked to verify your credentials the first time you log in to the remote job server.

New Features: Motion

Plot Manager
A new Plot Manager is now available which makes it easy for you to manually browse and plot motion results data, create cross plots (i.e. data vs. data), define pages in different layouts, and save the plots you've defined as a template for reuse. The Plot Manager can be opened by clicking the Display the Plot Manager icon on the motion Animation toolbar.
Analytical Motion Contact for Box Primitives
If motion contact sets contain parts that are detected as box primitives, the solution between the box and other analytical shapes (sphere, cylinder, and frustum) will now be analytical rather than mesh-based. Using geometric primitives in these cases generally improves the efficiency of the solution.
Force Computation Option for Motion Contacts
Motion contacts now have a Force Computed at option available from the guide bar options menu, microdialog, table, and Property Editor. The new Nodes option can be used to obtain more accurate contact normals for mesh-based contacts in certain applications, such as sliding contact between a flat region on one part and a curved region on another. You may also find it to work more robustly in sharp corner/edge type situations or where large part penetrations may have been seen in the past with the Element Center option.
Plots of Jerk and Angular Jerk
Jerk and Angular Jerk plot components are now available in the plot context menu for actuator and motor, respectively. They can be used to measure the derivative of acceleration during transient motion analysis.
Export Data at Output Steps Only
When exporting .csv files from a model that includes motion contacts, there is now an additional option in the context menu that allows you to export only the output steps.
Write a .h3d Output File from MotionSolve
You now have the option to select Generate Animation File in the Advanced section of the Run Motion Analysis window. When enabled, MotionSolve will write a run.h3d file to the run history folder at the end of a successful motion analysis. This file can be used to play back the animation in HyperWorks (via HyperView) or using the stand-alone HyperView Player. The Exclude contact data setting is useful for reducing the overall size of the H3D file when your model has motion contacts, while the default setting (None) prevents the .h3d file from being written for motion analysis.
Interactive Callout Plots
Motion callout plots have been enhanced to be more interactive. They now have behaviors similar to pop-out plots where you can drag the vertical time slider, zoom and pan the plot, interrogate values by hovering over a curve, and hide curves by clicking on the legend.
Improved Counter and Tour Mode for Joints
The behavior of the counter and tour mode for the Joints tool has been consolidated so that the features work intelligently depending on whether you are creating or editing a joint. This improvement has also been implemented for other motion tools that have a guide bar and counter.
MDL Export Improvements
The graphics associated with parts in rigid groups are now consolidated under a GraphicSystem. With this change of hierarchy, models having large numbers of parts become easier to manage. Additionally, we have made changes that reduce the overall number of points and markers that are created for parts.

New Features: Print3D

Orient Parts for Minimum Undercut
Added a new Min Undercut tool that orients the part to minimize the supports needed for 3D printing. It analyzes possible orientations and selects the one that minimizes the total area of the undercut surfaces.