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ANSYS Discovery Live structural analysis of complex geometry

Enabling engineers to create smarter designers faster and more efficiently is the current focus of ANSYS, who hopes to revolutionise product engineering with the commercial release of its ANSYS Discovery Live.

Discovery Live is designed to enable engineers to simulate designs in real-time, both quickly and more economically. It is said to be expanding Pervasive Engineering Simulation, which should allow engineers to ask ‘what if’ questions upfront in the design process where most of the product costs are locked in. ANSYS says this will allow rapid exploration of thousands of design options and the ability to receive immediate feedback.

The idea is that engineers will be able to immediately examine the impact of their design changes, instead of waiting weeks or months to set up, run and analyse prototypes.

"We had the opportunity to preview ANSYS Discovery Live and it’s obvious this technology is a game changer in providing instantaneous simulation to enable interactive design exploration,” said Craig Skinner, chief aerodynamicist, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing.

“ANSYS Discovery Live empowers us to run different design scenarios in real time and speeds our development process considerably,” added Matt Carlson, vice president business development, Wibotic. “Discovery Live provides us a sense of confidence before manufacturing and significant time and monetary savings – enabling us to drastically reduce prototyping fees and spend more time perfecting usability and aesthetic design.”

ANSYS is said to bring Discovery Live together with ANSYS AIM and ANSYS SpaceClaim into one product family, in a bid to enable engineers at every stage of design. The technology is also designed to empower designers to collaborate with simulation experts using ANSYS flagship products.

"Discovery Live's real-time simultaneous visualisation and simulation powered by NVIDIA professional GPUs and CUDA will transform the way engineers work," said Bob Pette, vice president and general manager, professional visualisation business unit, NVIDIA. “We’re working with ANSYS on further breakthroughs to improve workflows and enhance creativity so designers and engineers around the world can bring better products to market faster.”

Bethan Grylls

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