Altair Student Edition – Known Limitations

The Altair Student Edition may NOT be used for commercial purposes!

  • Inspire, Inspire Cast, Inspire Form, Inspire Extrude Metal, Inspire Extrude Polymer, Inspire Mold, Inspire Polyfoam, Activate, Compose, Embed, Esacomp, Inspire Studio, Inspire Render, Flux, FluxMotor, Knowledge Studio, Thea Render and PollEx are full-featured versions (no model size limitations for the above-mentioned products)

FEKO & WinProp Limitations

HyperWorks Desktop Limitations


  • HyperWorks Desktop (the classical GUI)
  • HyperWorks (X version, new GUI)

Solver Limitations

  • OptiStruct Advanced Solutions – certain dynamics solutions like frequency response and transient, user materials etc. will show a license error while solving, this error can be ignored and results will be output correctly
  • License error 9 and 6 is printed in the solver window, despite solving the file for both Radioss and OptiStruct, this error can be ignored and results will be output correctly
  • OptiStruct Optimization is node limited
    • Radioss; OptiStruct: 100,000 nodes
    • AcuSolve: 500,000 nodes
    • Radioss runs are restricted to 4 cores (-nt4)
    • Multi-Body models (MotionSolve): 200 bodies
  • Solvers cannot be started from a command line (only from within the Analysis page from within the Graphical User Interface

Supported CAD formats

  • Import: IGES, SolidWorks and STEP
  • Export: IGES, STEP

Pre – Processing

  • HyperCrash export limited to 100,000 nodes
  • HyperMesh Import / export: Radioss, OptiStruct limited to 100,000 nodes
  • HyperMesh X (new interface) Solver Deck export in Unity requires extension to be added in file name (ex: abc.fem, abc.rad)
  • User profiles that are not supported
    • Feko
    • HyperXtrude
    • HyperMold
    • HyperWeld
    • Non Altair Solvers (for import and export although the interface format is in the file > open window)


  • HyperView Reads h3d files only with the maximum allowable model size of 100000 nodes and only 1 page with up to 16 windows may be created
  • MotionView reads graphics H3D files with the maximum allowable model size of 100,000 nodes

Platform Support

  • Platforms : Windows 7/10
  • Architecture : x86_64

Altair Simlab Limitations

Supported CAD formats

  • Import : Parasolid, STEP, CATIA, Creo, NX, SolidWorks, Inventor, ACIS, AutoCAD, JT

Supported Solvers

  • OptiStruct : 200000 nodes
  • AcuSolve : 200000 nodes
  • Radioss : 100000 nodes
  • Flux : 25000 nodes in 2D & 100000 nodes in 3D
  • Molding : 100000 nodes


  • Node count is limited to 200000 nodes
  • Import/open .slb files created in full version is not possible in the student edition
  • Export of Solvers deck is not available
  • Some of the advanced analysis types for OptiStruct are not available in the student edition
  • Platforms : Windows 7/10
  • Architecture : x86_64

Altair Monarch Limitations

  • Activation is supported via the Altair License Management System licensing method only.
  • Monarch Automation is not available.
  • Only 10 rows can be exported in Monarch Classic and Data Prep Studio.

Altair EDEM Limitations

  • 10000 particle limit
  • 2 x CPU max (no GPU)
  • Disabled functionality on CFD Coupling Interface, MBD coupling interface, Heat Transfer Module and Field Data Import.

Altair PSIM Limitations

  • Altair PSIM Student Edition does not include Code Gen, and Co-simulation features.

Altair S-FRAME Limitations

  • Disabled functionality on member auto design by ICD

Other Limitations:

  • The Student Edition can only be requested online
  • The license is valid for 12 months
  • The Altair Student Edition may NOT be used for commercial purposes
  • Radioss result file format is *.h3d (A0# file is not supported)
  • The Student Edition is not available for banned countries: CUBA, SYRIA, IRAN, NORTH KOREA and SUDAN or for students who are banned for other reasons and are included on US Government lists of banned parties.