Defining the Future of Cloud-based Engineering Simulation: ANSYS at AWS re:Invent 2016

Each year the cloud faithful converge on Las Vegas in the fall for AWS re:Invent. This year’s event delivered exciting announcements for ANSYS users interested in performing engineering simulation on the AWS cloud.

With well over 30,000 attendees, the 2016 conference was too big to be contained within the expansive Venetian hotel/Sands expo complex and it spilled across into adjacent facilities (comfortable shoes were a requirement). Wednesday’s keynote session by Andy Jassy, CEO and Thursday’s session by Werner Vogels, CTO highlighted the growing reach of AWS. The conference featured a staggering number of new features, services and some powerful new hardware. Continue reading

Billet Designs Uses ANSYS SpaceClaim as Primary 3-D CAD Tool

Billet Designs is a small engineering firm that found great success in using ANSYS SpaceClaim as their primary 3-D CAD tool. They specialize in wide variety of offerings for their clients, including product design for automotive and consumer products, programming, automation, PLC controls and robotics.

Steven Aguirre of Billet Designs says their main focus is on the design of electromechanical components of consumer products. His broad background in various industries gives him a unique and expansive knowledge into common design and product development issues and challenges. As the owner of a small engineering firm, he has to balance product design with marketing, order fulfillment, sales, manufacturing and general development of his product line. Continue reading

Maximizing Engineering Throughput with Pay-Per-Use Simulation in the Cloud

My colleagues Steve Del, Giovanni Petrone and I often discuss the benefits of moving engineering simulation to the cloud, marshalling greater computing resources and faster processing on high-performance computing (HPC) solutions. While most companies would find this compelling, budget-conscious companies are concerned about the costs. The missing piece is a pay-per-use simulation business model, where  you use what you need, when you need it, and only pay for what you use.

Well, now that piece is in place. Last week’s release of ANSYS Enterprise Cloud adds support for ANSYS Elastic Licensing™, enabling you to fully leverage the pay-per-use business model on the public cloud for both hardware and software. Continue reading

How to Greatly Reduce HPC Costs for Engineering Simulation on Cloud

Most simulation engineers with a hunger for high performance computing (HPC) have looked longingly to the cloud. Cloud computing has the potential to provide virtually unlimited access to HPC, enabling larger simulations and more design variations to be done in less time, since many machines working in parallel can solve even very large problems quickly. While the cloud offers much more than unlimited computing power, it’s those HPC resources that provide the strongest pull to the cloud. The question we seek to answer here is, “is it possible to get cloud-based HPC at very low cost?” Continue reading

Getting Faster, Cost-effective Simulation on the Cloud

To get the most value out of engineering simulation, ANSYS customers often take advantage of high performance computing (HPC). In simple terms, HPC enables you to apply a group of computers running in parallel to solve larger problems and/or reduce the solution time for a given problem. Unlike “embarrassingly parallel” applications like genomics or graphics rendering, all of the compute cores involved in a single Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation need to communicate with each other during the solution process. That places significant demands on the network fabric used to connect the machines. Cloud computing can certainly provide computing capacity at a vast, global scale, but can it provide the desired HPC performance? Continue reading

8 Myths Debunked for Engineering Simulation in the Cloud

Although businesses are increasingly using cloud computing for engineering simulation, many misconceptions still surround cloud-based simulation.

This post debunks the leading misconceptions about cloud computing, and, in doing so, will assist engineering and IT managers, as well as directors, as they make decisions regarding computing resources. While dispelling these misconceptions, I will share resources and provide insight to help organizations steer around possible failure points as they consider cloud computing. Continue reading

Forward Thinking in Reverse Engineering

What is reverse engineering and why do I need it?

Reverse engineering has been an industry buzzword for some time and it has come to mean several things. The traditional picture it conjures is of several engineers gathered around a physical part, taking various physical measurements in an attempt to fully understand its shape and form. Their end goal is to re-create the part through any one of several manufacturing methods, where the manufactured part is nearly identical to the original.
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ANSYS SpaceClaim Speeds the Evolution of Apprenticeships

Years ago, vocational training centered on teaching students to manually operate machines for shops or factory applications. Today, apprentices at training centers like the Remscheid Vocational Training Center in Germany learn complete processes for successful production — from CAD via CAM to machining (CNC) to finished component. To prepare apprentices for successful careers in the mechanical and electrical industries, the vocational center requires them to learn a number of software programs. For the past five years, ANSYS SpaceClaim has been their CAD software of choice. Continue reading

ANSYS Student in a Browser Powered by Frame and Microsoft Azure

Last year we announced ANSYS Enterprise Cloud, a complete end-to-end solution for medium-large enterprises, that is currently available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) with plans to support other public cloud providers, such as Microsoft Azure & Google Cloud, in the near future. While our ANSYS Open Cloud Strategy™ is hardware agnostic, giving our customers the option to use their hardware of choice (e.g. private/on premise cloud, public cloud, cloud hosting partners), this is not the only characteristic that makes our offering unique.

We designed our cloud offering to address a complete spectrum of pain points and needs, without forgetting our small-to-medium-sized business customers or the young students that embrace computer-driven engineering simulation for the first time. Continue reading

ANSYS SpaceClaim Creates Accurate Weld Surfaces 10X Faster

Analysts often find themselves in the business of defeaturing geometry to prepare solid models for structural simulation. Removing rounds, filling holes, eliminating small features; the list goes on. Before ANSYS SpaceClaim, those tasks were time consuming at best. Realistically they were tedious, difficult, and a necessary evil.

Those necessary features exist either because of design requirements or because they are closely tied to manufacturing procedures. Weld geometry is no exception to the latter. However, unlike drafted surfaces or some complex rounds, weld geometry is necessary for both manufacturing and analysis. In the case of structural analysis using shell elements, or midsurfaces, the question analysts are left with is how to model them accurately. Continue reading