Altair’s 2014 Year in Review

In a veritable blink of an eye, 2014 will draw to a close. It certainly has been a spectacular year for Altair, filled with many achievements as well as great memories from community and industry events. Let’s review some unforgettable moments:

Mickey Mouse, Mousetraps, and More


solidThinking Inspire 9.5 was named a 2014 winner in the Design Tools: CAD/PDM/PLM category of the Golden Mousetrap North American Design + Manufacturing Awards. The Golden Mousetrap Awards celebrate the people, companies, and technologies that are driving today’s design and manufacturing industries.

RAPID 2014: solidThinking SLAM at the Materialise Slot Car Race


Kids aren’t the only ones who enjoy slot car races! Engineers and software developers from 25 different companies gathered at RAPID 2014 to design and build a winning slot car.

Altair and EM Software & Systems – South Africa (EMSS) Close Deal


This move added the FEKO® solver to the HyperWorks® suite, extending the Altair simulation offering into electromagnetics, a very relevant domain for the aerospace, automotive, and shipbuilding industries.

Altair Receives 2014 Michigan Economic Bright Spots Award


Corp! Magazine annually recognizes Michigan companies and entrepreneurs that have made innovative contributions to the vibrancy and strategic trajectory of Michigan’s economy. Pictured, center, Mike Kidder, VP of Corporate Marketing, accepted the award on behalf of the company.

Introducing solidThinking Inspire 2014


The “weight” is over! solidThinking Inspire 2014 launched with significant new enhancements, including geometry simplification tools, smoothing options, linear static analysis, concentrated mass parts, and more.

Altair Garden Club 2014


This was the inaugural year of Altair’s onsite employee garden.  The Altair Garden Club grew organic vegetables and herbs with great success this past summer, treating all employees to a delicious “Salsa Sampler” with the bounty of tomatoes and herbs produced!

Materialise Joins the Altair Partner Alliance


Rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing leader Materialise joined the Altair Partner Alliance (APA), making 3-matic STL available to all HyperWorks users!

Altair Launches HyperWorks® 13.0


With a focus on simulation-driven design, HyperWorks® 13.0 successfully launched in September, increasing engineering productivity with respect to peformance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and access to new technologies.

Human-Centered Design Focus Lands Altair Thinklabs at TEDxDetroit


Altair Thinklabs® worked with Blake Leeper to redesign his prosthetic running blades for elite athletic competition.  Blake is a paralympian runner hoping to qualify to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This human-centered design project received an enthusiastic reception at the 2014 national conference of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) at its unveiling in Austin, Texas.  Subsequently, the team was selected to present the project in their hometown at TEDxDetroit.

RUAG Space Builds 3D Printed Antenna with Support from Altair ProductDesign


Working with Altair ProductDesign, RUAG Space redesigned and optimized an antenna support for an Earth observation satellite, producing the part using additive manufacturing, or 3D printing.  Results were presented at the European Space Agency (ESA) conference in Noordwijk, Netherlands, as well as during the Altair-hosted Additive Manufacturing Design and Engineering Symposium at EuroMold 2014.

Altair PBS Works™ Named “Best HPC Software or Technology” by HPCwire


At the Supercomputing 2014 in New Orleans, La., Altair PBS Works™ received an HPCwire Readers’ Choice Award for “Best HPC Software or Technology”.  CEO Jim Scapa, pictured left, was on hand to accept the award.

Altair Recognized as Top Workplace in 2014


In the Detroit Free Press 2014 Top Workplaces in Michigan, Altair ranked #10 out of 25 large companies surveyed.

solidThinking Inspire Team Receives 2014 MSED Platinum Award


At MSED’s 21st Annual Black Tie Gala, the solidThinking Inspire team was honored with the 2014 Marketing and Sales Executives of Detroit Platinum Award.

Many thanks to all Altair customers, partners, and employees for your irreplaceable role in Altair’s past and future. Best wishes for continued innovation and success in 2015!

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.