Engineering simulation is the key that will unlock your future innovation. It is the quickest way to validate and optimize designs. These software tools are no longer obscure systems that require specialized skill sets.
Some engineers and designers still shy away from simulation software, but that is quickly changing for two reasons.
1) There have been many improvements to CAD embedded tools like Solidworks Simulation and PTC Creo Simulate.
2) Companies like ANSYS have created easy-to-use upfront simulation tools like AIM and Discovery Live.
This article was written for the people hanging on to outdated misconceptions about engineering simulation. It’s time that everyone realized a few things.
The tools have gotten easier to use and processing power has become more accessible. This has begun to make it easier for engineers to run simulations. It doesn’t take a doctorate or a dedicated super-computer-workstation.
Due to the advancements in technology, eventually every engineer in every industry is going to be able to use engineering simulation. In fact, it could get to the point very soon if you are not using engineering simulation as part of your workflow; you could get left behind. It’s really that much of a competitive advantage when it comes to solving problems quickly.
Engineering simulation no longer needs to be looked at as something scary or complex. It has transformed into something that can be fast, easy to use, and affordable.
Take a look at the ANSYS Discovery product lines for example.
These new engineering simulation tools offer all engineers and designers a fast, simple way to create better products.
The discovery product family is a suite of tools that are designed to put simulation in the hands of every product development engineer. The Discovery family includes; Space Claim, Discovery Live, and Discovery AIM.
Space Claim is a direct modeling tool that provides the ability to quickly edit designs and repair geometry within CAD files. It’s bundled with Discovery Live and AIM to provide an easy way to simply geometry and perform quick design experiments.
Discovery Live is truly an instantaneous simulation tool that is designed for rapid design iterations. You won’t believe until you see it! Real-time concept exploration. No waiting, just results. Make a chance to your design and see simulation results update before your eyes.
Check out our demo on Discovery Live. There’s no “demo magic” here. You’ll see our engineers adjust geometry on-the-fly and quickly run simulations on several changes in a matter of minutes (We often blow people’s minds with this.)
Discovery AIM Complete simulation, driven by an intuitive guided workflow. In-depth concept and design analysis without any coding or guess work. This a high-fidelity tool that provides an entry point into the full power of the ANSYS platform. This multi-physics tool provides a high level of control and the ability to create your own meshes. With AIM’s combined physics workflows your team could easily evaluate how fluids and structures interact. You could look at electric conduction, stress analysis, and even add in additional contacts for assemblies you may want to observe.
The ANSYS Discovery product line really makes simulation accessible. Even an industrial designer that may not have a lot of engineering specific knowledge could use these tools to quickly optimize designs and validate design A versus B (or C, D, E, F, etc. if they feel so inclined).
These basic easy-to-use, affordable tools provide engineers with an entry into using simulation as a part of their workflow.
Don’t believe me yet? Watch this short video to see it for yourself.