Altair acquires Simsolid


Simulation software company Altair has acquired structural analysis software-provider Simsolid.

Simsolid provides structural simulation of CAD assemblies without the need to simplify geometry, cleanup, or meshing. The software has been largely developed by Dr Victor Apanovitch, a former professor at Belarus Polytechnic University and the cofounder of the Simsolid Corporation.

James Scapa, Altair’s chairman and CEO said, “We believe Simsolid is a revolutionary technological breakthrough which will have a profound impact for product design.

“It’s incredibly fast, accurate, and robust and we believe a game changer for our industry.”

Simsolid’s computational engine is a commercial implementation of novel and unpublished mathematics based on extensions to the theory of external approximations. The software controls solution accuracy by using multi-pass adaptive analysis, making it extremely fast and memory efficient. This enables large and complex assemblies to be solved rapidly even on laptop computers.

Dr Uwe Schramm, Altair’s chief technical officer said, “We are very serious about solution accuracy. Others have tried to accelerate the interface between CAD and simulation by degrading the mathematical robustness.

“It is our feeling that by rapidly moving forward with the methods in Simsolid and expanding them across applications we can have a real effect on how design gets done while maintaining our high standards for computational excellence.”


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