8 ALTAIR Inspire Cast Tutorials: Adding Custom Materials

Article by Drew Tucker on Apr 16, 2020

Welcome to part seven of our Altair Inspire Cast blog series. In this eight-part series, we address common issues that can occur and share how to easily solve them. In this quick tip, you’ll learn how to add custom materials.

Tip #7: How to add a custom material yourself

Have you run into a case where the alloy you cast isn't found in the Inspire Cast database? Well, it's easy enough to add in a custom material yourself! Here's how to do it in a few easy steps.

The first step is to assign a model as your cast part. This allows you to select materials from the drop menu. There are some preliminary options here, though we can get a lot more by clicking the “Materials Viewer” button on the left side of the prompt.

Altair Inspire Cast Materials Viewer Button

Altair Inspire Cast Material Database

Couple important notes here: The default tab you start on is for the standard materials library. You’ll be able to select your material group, specific alloy, and database here. You view the existing materials data here as well. 

If you want to make a custom material, select the Edit button at the bottom of your screen. This takes you to the materials editor menu.

Altair Inspire Cast Materials Editor Menu

The material editing window is where we enter our material data into the system. To do this we need the following temperature-dependent data:

  • Density
  • Specific heat
  • Conductivity
  • Dynamic viscosity
  • Environmental heat transfer coefficient
  • Latent heat
  • Liquidus and solidus temperature from the chemical composition of the alloy

Again, these values will all need to be temperature-dependent so you’ll need multiple data points for many of these. You’ll be able to edit these data points by either entering them in manually or by dragging the existing plotted points to the correct positions.

Once you’ve entered the data, hit save and you’ll be able to fun your custom materials in Inspire Cast. 

We wrap up our series with step-by-step instructions for accessing your solidThining units. Learn more here .  

If you have any questions or want to know more information about other Altair Simulation products like Inspire and HyperWorks please contact us .

About Drew Tucker

Drew Tucker is an Application Engineer for Manufacturing Solutions at Altair. He is the lead for Altair's explicit manufacturing simulation solutions in the Americas, and is heavily involved in metal casting & prototyping. Drew is a graduate from Western Michigan University's Engineering College and has over 10 years experience in manufacturing sector. Drew is focused on bridging the gap between additive and traditional manufacturing technologies specifically, through the use of simulation software.

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