Altair, a CAE software and HPC technology provider, brings extensive experience in overcoming the aerospace and defense industries' unique engineering and design challenges through simulation-driven solutions. With the latest versions of its simulation software, concept design methods and optimization tools, Altair applies an overall focus on new design processes for the development and manufacturing of innovative products. With the increase in global competition and environmental awareness, there is an increased need to develop optimum weight structures. Aligning our expertise of using optimization technology to determine minimum weight structures, we have been instrumental in pioneering the establishment of predictive methods for advanced manufacturing including additive layered manufacturing. With the application of Altair's light-weighting strategies, increased performance of components are realized through the creation of highly complex structures. Altair works closely with its customers, partners, manufacturers of AM machinery and researchers to help develop a robust end to end process for the design and validation of additive manufactured products. We strongly believe that bringing simulation software and rapid manufacturing technology forward in the design process can be a source of inspiration along with a winning response to accelerated product lifecycles.