2016 Highlights: Altair’s Year in Review

It was inarguably the year of Converge. The solidThinking global conference series began in Los Angeles, CA and swept across Europe and Asia introducing the symbiosis of design and technology through spectacular presentations, world-class creativity, and impassioned talks. Forward thinking product and experience creators converged, brilliantly fusing the world of design and technology with topics ranging from the future of transportation, Biomimicry, 3D printing in Hollywood, architectural design innovative buildings, design in space, consumer products and so on. Glowing coverage and descriptions poured in. Here is a sampling from LA, California, by attendee Andy Silber, Essen Germany, publication Autocar Professional in India, and Altair team interview televised via Naver in Korea

It was also a busy year for other events. We hosted over 30 ATCx events globally. From Supercomputing in the US, Hannover Messe in Europe, GALM in Asia and SAE in Brazil we supported 250 industry events worldwide. Moreover, we conducted well over a 100 webinars.

Apart from Converge, solidThinking was busy growing in other ways as well! New feature packed Inspire 2016 with PolyNURBS toolset was released early in the year followed by Inspire and Evolve 2017 recently!

The release of Compose®, Activate®, Embed® was announced, Click2Cast® 4.0 and Click2Extrude® 2017 were launched, Inspire Unlimited℠ was announced and Solid Iris Technologies adding photorealistic rendering and visualization capabilities was acquired.

A key milestone was the release of Envision®, a modern, cloud-based business intelligence platform.

The HyperWorks® team rolled out a major product release with HyperWorks 14.0 which included several new products, feature enhancements, updated functionalities and licensing methods.

Expanding the HyperWorks portfolio by 10 new products, the Altair Partner Alliance added 5 new partners and enabled 150 new customer sites.

Altair started reaching new generations of engineering students at a whole new level. Michigan Tech became one of the first engineering schools in the nation to fully incorporate Altair’s technology into its entire mechanical engineering curriculum.  Dalhousie University (Dal) in Canada incorporated HyperWorks into its Mechanical Engineering program at the University this year.

Altair’s strategic acquisitions of AWE Communications GmbH with its WinProp wave propagation and radio network planning software and CEDRAT with its Flux technology with domain expertise to support IoT, added to its previous acquisition of high-frequency technology FEKO placed Altair on an accelerated path in the EM space.

Altair added two impressive new Board Members this year. Trace Harris is a finance, strategy and business development executive and Oren Michels is an entrepreneur, investor, board member and advisor to technology startups in the US and Europe.

A significant year for PBS Professional®! Altair made a milestone shift to move the HPC community closer to achieve exascale computing with its announcement to provide open source licensing option for its high performance workload manager PBS Pro. PBS was also selected as workload manager for the National Center for Atmospheric Research Center (NCAR)’s new Supercomputing System. Additionally, they have expanded their availability via several strategic collaborative channels including Intel, HPE as well as their upcoming release of Altair PBS Cloud™ .

The Altair ProductDesign Team enjoyed its fourth successful year with the Enlighten Award. The winners this year were GM for the 2016 Cadillac CT6 (OEM focused Full-Vehicle category) and ContiTech for the 2016 Mercedes S-Class (Module category).

Altair’s global footprint continued to grow.

Altair expanded its presence around the globe, signing on several new HyperWorks re-sellers including partners in Hungary and Slovakia.

Altair COO Brett Chouinard provided his insights on the growth of product innovation in ASEAN, Malaysia, during an interview with Bloomberg TV

At the heart of the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI)’s automotive technology centre, MAI Intelligent Technology Systems (MITS) launched this year, is the HyperWorks Unlimited Physical Appliance (HWUL-PA), a 96-core private cloud server that provides users unlimited plug-and-play access to all of Altair’s HyperWorks computer-aided design (CAD) and engineering (CAE) software, as well as high-performance computing (HPC) tools for design, engineering and simulation purposes.

Altair also announced collaboration with the University of Philippines to promote the development of next generation architects through the use of cutting edge simulation technologies in teaching, training and design projects.

The Indian government enacted new regulation this year which acted as a great boost for EMC technology growth in India. Rising Interest in Simulation Engineering and HPC Solutions Brought Record Growth to Altair Engineering Sdn Bhd in South-East Asian Region.

We were part of so many cool projects! However, if I had to pick just a few I would have to go with these. The APWorks Light Rider Motorbike – Airbus AP Works used topology optimization and a simulation- driven design process using HyperWorks to create the world’s first ever 3D printed motorcycle.

Engineered. Bespoke. The R160 Mountain Bike by Robot Bike Co. is probably one of the most popular stories of the year! A collaboration of cutting edge technologies led to the unveiling of the Robot Bike Co. R160 mountain bike frame – designed and manufactured in the UK with partner companies Altair, HiETA Technologies and Renishaw using metal additive manufacturing.

And of course the Square Kilometer Array project – a HyperWorks supported building of the world’s largest telescope. The SKA is a radio telescope that will have a total collecting area of one square kilometer; will improve our understanding of the Universe as well as monitor the sky in unprecedented detail and speed.

For the fourth consecutive year, Altair received an Excellence in the Workplace Award; Best and Brightest for Wellness. This year Altair was honored to receive a prestigious Jaguar Land Rover Supplier Excellence Award. This award for performance excellence, was presented to Altair by Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr Ralf Speth and TV presenter Jodie Kidd at an exclusive ceremony held in the company’s heartland in the West Midlands. Another award received this year is the HPCwire Reader’s Choice Award. Altair won Best Application of HPC in Manufacturing in this annual Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards for simulation work done with Stanley Black & Decker using Altair’s HyperWorks Unlimited® Physical Appliance.

The United Shore Professional Baseball League (USPBL) homers generated $10,000 for Utica Community Schools students thanks to toggled®. Once again making it to the top 25, this year ilumisys® dba toggled Ranked #8 on Crain’s Detroit Business 2016 List of 25 Most Innovative Companies in Michigan.

By now you have probably seen the Banana Story. Altair’s Magnus Lindvall was challenged by his wife saying he could not crack open a banana in a particular way. Challenge accepted. He did just that. Funny story. But guess what – it has gone on to become Altair’s BIGGEST story; going viral on Facebook with over 45,000 views!

Click here and find out for yourself.

This year Altair implemented “Altair Gives Back” – a generous program of community involvement in several core categories of Culture & Arts, the STEM program, Healthcare and Human Services. The program is highly supportive of and encourages voluntary services and charitable donations.

It was a busy summer!

Altair exhibited at this year’s Maker Faire Detroit, adding to the innovative spirit by showcasing several of our solutions. There were several booths with interactive components. An activity packed weekend with unconventional ingenuity, unbridled creativity and a whole lot of forward thinking!


We welcomed the littlest Altarians for “Take your Child to Work Day” – It was a fun-filled day with dancing, activity stations, and pinewood derby.


Speaking of the “littlest” Altarians” – Altair families grew! We had many babies born (with a couple on the way) with 12 announcements sent out in 2016!

And now, from around the globe, sharing Altarians’ moments from throughout the year. As we conclude another exciting, successful year, we wish you the very best of the coming New Year!

Biba A. Bedi
Biba A. Bedi

About Biba A. Bedi

Biba has a background in business operations support functions of contract program management, human resources, key financial operations, marketing and communications. She joined Altair as a result of Altair’s acquisition of EMSS in 2014 and her current role of Director Corporate Communications and Client Relations includes management, coordination and production of the global Success Story pipeline, authoring success stories for HyperWorks®, content production support and author relations management for Altair Corporate magazine Concept to Reality (C2R), development of press releases, Altair newsletter A60 production, support integration and advancement of blog and social media strategy. She is the Corporate/Americas media POC, as well as presenter liaison for corporate technology conferences. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from St. Bede’s College (Himachal Pradesh University), in Shimla, India.