Ansys Discovery Reduces Engineering Labor by 26%

Simulation-driven design tool combines instant physics simulation, interactive geometry modeling.

Simulation-driven design tool combines instant physics simulation, interactive geometry modeling.

Structural analysis of Advenchair assembly within Ansys Discovery. Image courtesy of Onward Project LLC.


Ansys has announced the release of it's next-generation simulation-driven design tool, Ansys Discovery. According to the company, the new release builds on the advancements made by Ansys Discovery Live by providing 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.”

“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 overengineering and eliminate uncertainties,” said Stefan Macho, head of R&D Simulation, HAWE Hydraulik. “This has resulted in improved product performance, increased design efficiency and shortened product development cycles.”

Discovery combines instant physics simulation, accurate high-fidelity simulation and interactive geometry modeling into a single, easy-to-use interface. Conducting real-time, rapid iterative design explorations, engineers can explore larger design spaces and quickly answer critical design questions earlier in the product design process, the company says.

Ansys Discovery executes interactive design exploration with real-time simulation of fluid flow behavior within a flow control valve. Image courtesy of Ansys.

“Discovery has made a profound impact on how we engineer new products,” said Mauricio Toro, CEO, TECHFIT Digital Surgery. “By shifting to the left — adopting simulation during the concept and design phases —our team understands the impact of design decisions early, prior to selecting a potentially suboptimal or ultimately more expensive solution.”

According to Ansys, the tool can reduce engineering labor costs by 26%, enable evaluation of 60% more design alternatives, and reduce physical testing and safety costs by 19%.

“Discovery delivers a next-generation user experience, enables a very quick and intuitive learning curve for every engineer, and represents as big a step forward in 3D design as the initial release of Ansys Discovery Live. Coupled with our unique real-time simulation technology and gold standard solvers, it has never before been so easy to interactively explore a large design space and perform refinement with peak accuracy,” said Mark Hindsbo, general manager, design business unit, Ansys. “This enables engineers to bring simulation upfront in the ideation and design phase of product development, uncovering risks early before the costs to correct them become high or difficult to change.”

Ansys hold a virtual launch event for Discovery on July 29, 2020 at 11 a.m. EDT. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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