You can call them mechatronic, smart products, or cyber-physical systems, the combination of mechanical structures and mechanisms with sensors, actuators, and computing power has changed product performance expectations. These new systems require full-system simulation to drive the mechanical, electrical, and control requirements necessary to deliver outstanding customer experiences. Altair math and system design products include concept studies, control design, multi-domain system performance optimization, controller implementation, and testing.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

When developing best-in-class mechatronic systems, mechanical, electronics, electrical, systems, and control engineering need to collaborate efficiently. The team needs to share a holistic system understanding, with early simulation essential to interdisciplinary design decisions. Altair technology is available through a flexible software licensing model, which encourages a more cohesive and integrated engineering team. Altair offers simulation tools for all disciplines more affordable and readily accessible.

Optimized Systems

Optimizing at the component or subsystem level doesn’t ensure optimal performance of a complex product, which is especially true on multi-disciplined programs. Altair helps teams break down the historic siloed approach so that teams can engineer the product collaboratively. High-performing organizations use the latest modeling techniques to combine 1D, 2D, and 3D simulations, ensuring fast development of accurate digital twins.

Tools for the Entire Team

Altair’s broad offering of structural simulation and optimization tools is widely known. Altair technology also drives the design of electrical, electromechanical, and controls systems from concept design to validation. Optimize the dynamic performance of mechatronic systems, analyze power consumption, design, and validate control laws for electrical devices. Create new electrical actuation concepts, investigate different machine architectures, and virtually assess the impact of electrical subsystems on the global performance with Altair.


Altair provides an industry-leading portfolio of multiphysics-enabled software to simulate a wide range of interacting physical models including fluid-structure interaction (FSI), flexible bodies, aeroacoustics, and thermomechanical simulation. Together with Altair’s multidisciplinary optimization and scalable HPC offering customers can solver real world engineering problems quickly and effectively.

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Mechanism Simulation

Early Dynamic Motion: Simulation-driven design deployed early in development is a proven way of significantly reducing expensive prototype-builds and physical testing. Altair® Inspire™ easily generates dynamic motion simulations of complex mechanisms, automatically identifying contacts, joints, springs, and dampers. Forces obtained from a motion analysis are automatically applied as inputs to a structural analysis or optimization and can be used to determine initial requirements for motors and actuators.

Advanced Multi-body System Simulation: Altair® MotionSolve®performs 3D multi-body system simulations to predict the dynamic response and optimize the performance of products that move. By considering realistic motion-induced loads and environmental effects, engineers and designers can be confident that their products, when made and operated, will perform reliably, meet durability requirements, and not fail from fatigue. MotionSolve drives multi-disciplinary product development teams by enabling the combined simulation of motion and control.

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