ANSYS: The simulation software experts 

ANSYS has a pretty powerful reputation in the world of simulation.

They are three times larger than their nearest competitors and 96 of the top 100 Fortune 500 Industrial companies use ANSYS – which is an incredible statistic. A big reason why ANSYS is so popular among top companies is that they’re completely CAD agnostic and can truly work with anyone.

It doesn’t matter if you’re using Creo, SolidWorks, Autodesk, or CATIA – the ANSYS simulation software can plug in easily with just about any CAD platform without any problems.

Engineers use ANSYS from their first design sketches all the way up to when they’re producing parts.

I think we’ve all had situations where we start with one tool, and as we progress, we eventually reach the limitation of a tool set. When this happens, it means you either can’t find your desired answer or result or you’re furiously searching Google for a more advanced toolset.

I’ve seen people get stumped. The cost of switching from a lower end to a higher end tool is not only more expensive but now you have to learn a different tool set. So, you try to work with what you have.  

I get it. The day will come when you have a more challenging problem, for example, that needs a more advanced nonlinear analysis tool that can’t be readily solved with a lower end tool.

You’ll want to consider using a high-end simulation product like ANSYS.

Predicting Fatigue Cracks with FEA

Often times things fail through repeated loading time in the field. You get a crack which initiates and then propagates – in which case will eventually fail.

A lot of people will try to predict the life of a crack. Doing it the right way will save time, money, and effort early on in your design phases.

Regardless of what tool you are using to do fatigue analysis, this on-demand educational video will teach you something new.

We’ll talk about how you can start doing fatigue failure prediction in your current design system, and regardless of your simulation experience – you’ll be able to pick up on the concepts of predicting fatigue cracks.

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is used to ultimately produce less prototypes and optimize product design to develop products better and faster. ANSYS Mechanical is a suite of structural FEA analysis tools that solve complex structural engineering problems.

Watch the webinar recording on “ANSYS Mechanical: Predicting Fatigue Cracks with FEA“.

This is a webinar preview. Watch the full video here.

Did you know you can test and simulate designs in a matter of seconds, with just a few simple parameters? You can. Take a look at the video at the top of this post. That’s not magic. It’s Discovery Live. In this video ANSYS runs simulations on 4 design ideas in about 20 seconds!

Engineers and designers constantly need to test new designs and changes to existing designs. Running complex simulations and building physical prototypes is expensive and takes a lot of time. It can slow down the design process and force engineers to jump in and out of a projects. Modern simulation tools help you speed up your design process, validate designs, and save time.

ANSYS coined the phrase “engineering at the speed of thought.” It’s a little corny, but it’s pretty accurate. Engineers and designers can save a lot of time by immediately testing design iterations to quickly define good ideas, and rule out bad ones. How much time could you save by running simulations upfront in the design process?

Discovery Live is perfect for all engineers and designers – whether or not you’ve used simulation before. You can learn more about Discovery Live here. You can also start a free trial if you want to try it out for yourself (you’ll just need to create an account with All it takes is a computer with a modern NVIDIA graphics card that has at least 4GB of RAM. Check it out. Compare ANSYS Discovery packages/prices here. We partner with ANSYS to provide solutions like Discovery Live to people like you – Contact us to learn more

Want more? See it in action during this 28 minute ANSYS Discovery Live (and AIM) demonstration video.

Designers and engineers need to quickly create and validate design concepts/changes to understand the impact they have on a product or process. Some simulation tools require specialized computers and can make it difficult to successfully setup and execute simulations. That is not the case with Discovery Live and its task-based intuitive workflow and solving engine!

Discovery Live is true to its namesake. It helps engineers and designers run upfront design level simulations live, in real-time, leveraging the power of modern graphics cards. This allows people like you to quickly optimize geometrical features and explore variations in geometry and operating conditions.

This toolset helps engineers and designers optimize designs variations prior to the creation of physical prototypes or passing their designs to dedicated analysts for details analysis – dramatically cutting down on design cycle time. This is a new chapter for product design.

So, what does the speed of ANSYS Discovery Live mean for you? It means finding design performance, and experimentation on the most complex models is available and instant. It means no problems with model integrity, or things like meshing, as you see immediate insight and trends into your designs. It means having an interactive simulation experience where you test your ideas in real-time. Discovery Live is the low-cost upfront simulation tool providing the insight you need at the speed you demand.

Learn more about ANSYS and Discovery Live here. You can also compare ANSYS Discovery packages/prices and start a Free ANSYS Discovery Live trial here.

See it in action during this 28 minute ANSYS Discovery Live (and AIM) demonstration video.

And, as always, let us know if we can answer any questions or show you a little more about any of the ANSYS tools.


Traditional preventive maintenance of industrial assets leads to expensive and unnecessary maintenance costs. Digital twins can reduce those costs by combining an accurate physics-based virtual replica of a product with data collected from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The end result of digital twins is having predictive maintenance insights at your fingertips to analyze smart machines in real-world operating conditions. Designers and engineers can leverage this intelligence to make more informed decisions and avoid unplanned downtime.
The latest release of ANSYS 19.1 boosts productivity and eliminates product complexity across all physics. The software provides a way for product developers to rapidly build, validate, and deploy simulation-based digital twins within a single workflow. The release empowers designers and engineers to accelerate productivity and eliminate product complexity while lowering costs and time-to-market.

ANSYS 19.1 brings updates across all physics to improve users’ productivity and generate accurate designs and results. Eric Bantegnie, Vice President and General Manager of the ANSYS systems business unit says,”This release empowers customers with most efficient productivity gains – spurring product innovation and dramatically effecting their bottom lines, as well as on the global economy.”

ANSYS 19.1 delivers the ANSYS® Twin Builder™

The ANSYS Twin Builder improves predictive maintenance outcomes and optimizes your product’s operations. The Twin Builder applies the power of a multidomain systems modeler with extensive 0D application-specific libraries, 3D physics solvers, and reduced-order model (ROM) capabilities. When combined with embedded software tools, it allows you to reuse existing components of your product model. Twin Builder integrates easily with IIoT platforms so that you can connect your twin for testing or observing real-time data. The software also allows you to perform predictive maintenance on your physical products.

Building your Digital Twin

ANSYS Twin Builder saves time in the engineering process to build an accurate physics-based twin through model reuse and easy composition. It gives you:

  • Support for multiple modeling domains and languages
  • Extensive 0D application-specific libraries
  • Third-party tool (including 1D) integration
  • 3D ROM creation and integration
  • Embedded software integration

Validating your Digital Twin

Validate an accurate representation of your product and optimize product performance by 25% using:

  • Multidomain simulation with integrated post-processing
  • Rapid HMI prototyping
  • Systems optimization
  • XiL integration

Deploying your Digital Twin

Improve your operations with 10-20% reduction in maintenance costs:

  • Quickly connect to supported IIoT platforms
  • Export and deploy generated models

Building, validating, and deploying simulation-based digital twins within one workflow with the ANSYS Twin Builder will save millions of dollars for customers in oil and gas, industrial, energy, and aerospace and defense industries.

Learn more about ANSYS here.

As products become more complicated with the convergence of the physical and digital worlds, companies face additional pressure to drive innovation and increase product quality. If you don’t already know – ANSYS released their latest product update a few weeks ago – ANSYS 19. The newest release allows for your team to accomplish lower cycle times and reduce costs while increasing quality and eliminating risk.
“With the digital revolution accelerating the pace of disruption and product innovation, engineers must overcome extraordinarily sophisticated design and engineering challenges to deliver breakthrough products faster than ever,” says Eric Bantegnie, Vice President Systems Business Unit at ANSYS. “With ANSYS 19, engineers can use simulation pervasively to tame complexity and spur innovation at every level, resulting in the next generation of smarter, more cutting-edge products.”

ANSYS 19 delivers enhancements to ANSYS’ entire product offerings; structures to fluids, systems and semiconductors, and electromagnetics. ANSYS 19 delivers simulation and analysis solutions that greatly enhance productivity and create a more seamless workflow at every stage — empowering engineers to accomplish more in shorter timelines. 

For those of you, whether you’re a designer, engineer, or upper management that makes decisions that affect the way your team develops products within your company, you’ll want to take a look at these new features.

  • 3D Design: Discovery Live, Discovery SpaceClaim, Discovery AIM
  • Electromagnetics: Design with wireless, autonomous, & electrification technologies
  • Embedded Software: Embedded software & human machine interface design capabilities
  • Fluids: Create more accurate computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations
  • Semiconductors: Solve power noise, thermal properties, reliability, & performance
  • Structures: Access faster solvers and increased availability of high performance
  • Systems: Systems simulation for battery management design and deployment & functional safety analysis for all safety-critical industries

Improvements at the solver and technology level result in even faster, more powerful product performance. ANSYS 19 improves time to market and increases engineers’ productivity. Take a look at the new ANSYS 19 features here.

Contact our ANSYS Business Unit Manager, Jeff Huber, for further questions or interest.

All great discoveries and inventions begin with a vision. A vision to make a better product, solve a unique problem or make life easier in some capacity. For centuries scientists and engineers have made tremendous progress in discovering scientific phenomena, or in solving technological challenges. I could write extensively about many of those inventions and discoveries, but there is one I would like to highlight.
In 1928, a Scottish biologist named Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from vacation. As he was sorting through some petri dishes he noticed something unusual. One particular dish had several colonies of bacteria and a cluster of mold. However, there was no bacteria growth near the cluster of mold. Although he did not realize the magnitude of his observation at that moment, he would later be credited with discovering the first lifesaving antibiotic, which he called penicillin.


“When I woke up just after dawn on September 28, 1928, I certainly didn’t plan to revolutionize all medicine by discovering the world’s first antibiotic, or bacteria killer,” Fleming said. ”But I suppose that was exactly what I did.”

Why is this story so intriguing? Because Fleming’s discovery was not what he was originally searching for. He was looking to do extraordinary work in his research, and spent countless hours experimenting and testing, only to make a monumental discovery by accident. What other breakthroughs and discoveries are out there, undiscovered due to limitations on time and cost of experimentation?

Think about all the other discoveries and inventions throughout history, and the time commitment involved in perfecting a product. Imagine where we would be today if the brilliant scientists and engineers before us had more sophisticated engineering tools to assist in developing their breakthroughs.

Now think about the vision of ANSYS technologies – Realize Your Product Promise. ANSYS makes advancements possible that might not have been discovered before. The engineering simulation technology that so many engineers use promotes better product designs through faster and more extensive virtual testing and experimentation. Do you ask yourself, “What happens if I change this variable or what if I adjust this input.. how will that affect my design performance?”