Building Bridges Between Design Engineers and Analysts Using Engineering Simulation Software

Many companies, large and small, have individuals or groups using powerful engineering simulation software like ANSYS Mechanicalone of our flagship products. These analysts tackle some of the most complex and challenging engineering problems for their organizations.

These same companies often also have separate teams of engineers working daily on new and evolving product designs. They are often experts in CAD modeling, using CAD-embedded simulation tools to evaluate their designs. These basic simulation tools provide some useful guidance, but often fail to provide the accurate results needed to refine and optimize designs with confidence. Consequently, many design simulations must be handed off to the relatively small number of simulation analysts using trusted simulation tools like ANSYS Mechanical.

Making matters worse, incompatibilities between the simulation tools used by designers and analysts force the analysts to redo much of the work done by the designers in the CAD-embedded tools. The analysts quickly become overburdened and become bottlenecks in the design process.

How Does ANSYS Engineering Simulation Software Bridge the Gap?

What if design engineers could use engineering simulation software based on the same proven, trusted technologies as their analyst counterparts, but with the automation and ease-of-use that their daily design work demands?  What if design engineers could perform most of their own routine simulations, freeing analysts to focus on advanced simulations and unique challenges?  What if analysts could build upon the work of designers, rather than having to redo so much of it?

ANSYS AIM 17.2 answers all of these questions. Built upon the same Workbench platform, proven solvers and other technologies that leading companies around the world use every day, ANSYS AIM delivers accurate results that can be trusted to provide the right design guidance. With its innovative, guided, highly-automated workflows, every engineer can quickly learn and use simulation for upfront design.

With the release of AIM 17.2, simulation models created by design engineers in ANSYS AIM can be directly transferred to ANSYS Mechanical for further analysis and validation. Simple drag-and-drop operations in the familiar ANSYS Workbench environment enable an analyst to open a designer’s ANSYS AIM project, transfer the model to ANSYS Mechanical and extend the simulation.

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Meshing in ANSYS AIM is easy and highly automated, including both hexahedral and tetrahedral elements.

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The ANSYS AIM Study can be easily extended to ANSYS Mechanical via simple, familiar drag-and-drop operations.

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The model from ANSYS AIM is automatically transferred to ANSYS Mechanical — no rework required — where the analyst can extend the upfront simulation performed by the designer.

Furthermore, because the powerful, parametric Workbench platform underlies all of this, any number of additional analyses can be added to the simulation, and the entire process can be optimized with ANSYS DesignXplorer.

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With the power of ANSYS Workbench under the hood, more analysis types and design optimization are just a drag-and-drop away.

More to Come

We’re not stopping there. We are already hard at work deliver the same interoperability between ANSYS AIM and ANSYS Fluent, and future releases will bring even more capabilities to enhance collaboration among design engineers and simulation analysts.

If you would like to take ANSYS AIM for a spin, you can do so right now — nothing to download, no waiting! Start your free demo today!

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3 thoughts on “Building Bridges Between Design Engineers and Analysts Using Engineering Simulation Software

  1. nice to see this!
    Are there also plans to make it possible the other way around?
    Bring visualisation of results of calculation done in Ansys Mechanical back to AIM?
    Would be very handy for further discussions of results in bigger Teams (with all the AIM users…).
    In addition it would bring the goodness of AIMs “realistic” looking part materials to all kind of advanced results 🙂

  2. Thank you for this feedback. Post-processing of your ANSYS Mechanical case is not possible in ANSYS AIM at this time. However, we recognize this is desirable since the post-processing capabilities in AIM offer advantages for visualization as you indicated. This is being considered for a future release. Please stay tuned.

  3. nice to hear! Going in the same direction of visualisation but with even higher quality:
    It would be awesome to make it possible to pass simulation results from within AIM to Keyshot render. This shouldn’t be to far away since Ansys Spaceclaim has already a perfect connection to Keyshot (Livelink) – but this time it’s only possible to pass the geometrie of parts…
    what do you think of this?

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