Ansys Releases Discovery Design Software with Integrated Physics Simulation

July 20 2020, 00:20
Ansys released the new Ansys Discovery, a next generation, easier-to-use, product design software that the company says is its first simulation-driven design tool to combine instant physics simulation, Ansys' proven high-fidelity simulation and interactive geometry modeling into a single design exploration application. The new software is said to reduce engineering labor costs by 26%, enable evaluation of 60% more design alternatives, and slash physical testing and safety costs by 19%.
Structural analysis of Advenchair assembly within Ansys Discovery. Image courtesy of Onward Project LLC.

Founded in 1970, and headquartered south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ansys is a leading company in engineering simulation software with a broad portfolio of solutions used to design all sorts of products. Ansys offers specific product suites for Systems Engineering, Optical, Embedded Software, Multiphysics, Structures, 3D Design, Electronics, Fluids, Materials, Semiconductors and Platforms.

Now, Ansys is adding Ansys Discovery to deliver a comprehensive solution that combines interactive real-time simulation, high-fidelity Ansys solver technology and direct modeling in a single tool — powering cross-team collaboration to cost-effectively develop high-quality products. Ansys Discovery was also designed to drive widespread adoption of simulation among companies who have mainly focused on modeling stages.

"Discovery equips our team with a much better understanding of the physics behind our products very early in the design process, enabling them to meet customer requirements more precisely, avoid over-engineering and eliminate uncertainties," says Stefan Macho, head of R&D Simulation, HAWE Hydraulik. "This has resulted in improved product performance, increased design efficiency and shortened product development cycles."
Ansys Discovery executes interactive design exploration with real-time simulation of fluid flow behavior within a flow control valve.

Discovery is Ansys first simulation tool to combine instant physics simulation with interactive geometry modeling into a single very easy-to-use interface. Conducting real-time, rapid iterative design explorations, more engineers can now explore larger design spaces and quickly answer critical design questions earlier in the product design process.

Ansys will showcase Discovery's next generation user experience and real-time simulation capabilities at a virtual launch event on July 29, 2020 at 11 a.m. EDT. 

Ansys 2020 R2
The recently launched Ansys 2020 R2 software release already improves simulation and collaboration capabilities, leveraging high-performance computing (HPC) resources, virtual desktop infrastructure support, and cloud-based platform solutions. "Simulations that were taking us over a week to run are now being completed in less than two days," says Benjamin Steinhaus, Engineering Director, Coca-Cola Freestyle, The Coca-Cola Company. "Overnight simulations are now being done in an hour. By using the Ansys Cloud system that was provided to us, our team has actually increased productivity during COVID."
Ansys EMA3D cable helps simulation electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic compatibility on cable harnesses.

Automotive companies and manufacturers in many different industries are using these new platforms to engineer larger, more complex designs and apply complex simulation scenarios and virtual prototypes to reduce the cost of physical testing. Additionally, Ansys 2020 R2 improves deployment, scalability and performance of artificial intelligence software through multi-GPU parallelization. Applications in electromagnetic interference, complex antenna analysis and electrothermal modeling are accelerating the design of new integrated circuits (IC) and enabling electronics reliability.

"Across every industry, COVID-19 has forced engineering teams to work differently and find new ways to innovate. Simulation unlocks the potential of these distributed teams, enabling them to achieve more with less while quickly responding to the changing demands of their customers," says Shane Emswiler, senior vice president, Ansys. "Ansys 2020 R2 provides the building blocks that help companies accelerate innovation and expedite the development of high-quality products for customers around the world."
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