Altair Student Edition – Limitations


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

HyperWorks Desktop Limitations

Solver Limitations

  • Radioss; OptiStruct: 100,000 nodes
  • AcuSolve: 500,000 nodes
  • Radioss runs are restricted to 4 cores (-nt4)
  • Multi-Body models (MotionSolve): 200 bodies

Supported CAD formats (HyperMesh)

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

Supported FEM formats  (HyperMesh)

  • Import / export: Radioss, OptiStruct
  • Solvers cannot be started from a command line (only from within the respective panel in the Graphical User Interface)

Post-Processing (HyperView)

  • Reads h3d files only with the maximum allowable model size of 100.000 nodes
  • Only 1 page with up to 16 windows may be created

Simlab Limitations

Supported CAD formats

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

Supported Solvers

OptiStruct : 200000 nodes

AcuSolve : 500000 nodes

Radioss : 100000 nodes

Flux : 25000 nodes in 2D & 100000 nodes in 3D

Molding : 100000 nodes


Node count is limited to 200000 nodes

Other Limitations:

  • The Student Edition can only be requested online (no DVD medium is available)
  • Platforms (mainly): Windows 7/8.1 (x86_64)/10
  • The license is valid for 12 months
  • Radioss result file format is *.h3d (A0# file is not supported)
  • Model Files for Student Edition users – accompaniment to the tutorials in the help.
  • 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.