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solidThinking acquired by Altair Engineering, releases version 7.6 globally

Michagan-based Altair Engineering, Inc., has acquired Italian-produced solidThinking and released a new version 7.6 globally for Mac and Windows


The global rollout of solidThinking 7.6 follows the recent acquisition of the company’s asssets by Michagan-based Altair Engineering, Inc. solidThinking is one of the only CAID (computer-aided industrial design) software packages available for both Mac OS X and Windows worldwide and has gained a significant market share among top European industrial design firms and global industrials.

Many of the world’s leading designers from Italdesign Giugiaro, Cartier, Bulgari, Nikon, Toshiba and Volvo are among its passionate user base. solidThinking shortens the product-development cycle by reducing the number of physical prototypes needed in the design process.

solidThinking 7.6

Version 7.6 includes an updated rendering engine, a streamlined user interface, rich photorealistic content functionality and a number of other user-centric enhancements.

“We are pleased to introduce the global design community to our most comprehensive release of solidThinking to date,” said Alessandro (Alex) Mazzardo, vice president of product strategy and marketing, who started solidThinking in 1991 with his brother Mario Mazzardo, vice president of product strategy and management. “solidThinking is an extremely flexible, ‘what-if’ design software that empowers the creative community — industrial designers, style centers, conceptors, design firms and anyone who creates product concepts — to invent, explore and evaluate new ideas easily, rapidly and cost-effectively, without the limitations of traditional software.”

“solidThinking is a perfect tool to improve new design solutions in a very intuitive way,” said Marco Borraccino, head of design at Panerai, a globally renowned luxury and high-end watch manufacturer. “I have used solidThinking for several years and release after release, the product has consistently delivered increased functionality that focuses on user needs. Moreover, the embedded rendering engine quickly delivers stunning renderings.”

To learn more about solidThinking 7.6 and to watch demo videos ordownload a trial version go here.

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