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solidThinking Inspire 2014
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solidThinking 3D Printed Slot Car at RAPID 2014
Product design technology company solidThinking has announced the most recent version of its solidThinking Inspire, a software tool for finding and developing the most structurally efficient concepts. The 2014 iteration of Inspire will include geometry simplification tools, linear static analysis, concentrated ass parts and smoothing options, with the ability to export solid geometry.
“With solidThinking Inspire 2014 we focussed on enhancing the concept development process by proposing designs that can be rapidly iterated and easily exported to the user’s preferred CAD tool,” explained Andy Bartels, Program Manager for solidThinking Inspire. “We put a strong emphasis on improving the usability of the software while adding new features like geometry simplification tools for easier model setup and analysis to help users verify their concepts, all directly in the Inspire interface. These new features will allow customers to apply Inspire to a much broader set of design problems.”
More details are available on the solidThinking Inspire 2014 landing page, which features a collection of new videos, including a tour of the user interface, a comprehensive overview of the latest features added for 2014, and an overview of how the software fits into the product design process. In addition, customers may access tutorials created specifically for the solidThinking Inspire 2014 release, product demos and an interactive infographic.
Earlier this year, solidThinking released solidThinking Evolve 2014. Evolve allows industrial designers to develop forms faster, using either a Windows PC or Mac. Evolve captures an initial sketch, then allows exploration of styling alternatives and the visualization of products with high quality renderings generated in real time. It combines both the modeling freedom of organic surfaces and the control of parametric solids with its unique ConstructionTree history feature. Evolve releases designers from the constraints of engineering-oriented CAD tools, while allowing the export of digital models required by others in the product development process.