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Accelerating Rapid Product Development with ANSYS Discovery

Last September, we launched the preview of ANSYS Discovery Live — a new technology that can bring intuitive and real-time simulation insight to all engineering decisions.

“… one of the biggest breakthroughs in design and engineering technology in the last ten years” – Develop3D

Today, we go from technology preview to the commercial availability as we introduce the ANSYS Discovery family of products. This is a big step towards the vision of simulation for every engineer and every product — to make it as easy to simulate a product’s physical performance, as it is to use Google Search.

The ANSYS Discovery family of products include ANSYS Discovery SpaceClaim, ANSYS Discovery AIM, as well as Discover Live. These three, bundled together, can be turn your design team into a powerhouse.

Let me give you an example from one of the customers who used Discovery Live during the technology preview. With the 2018 skiing season in full force what better example than Rossignol, the makers of top of the line winter sports equipment used by many of the athletes in the competition.

Rossignol has a team of engineers that work with skiers, designers and others to create new products. Of course, time to market is critical for them in terms of the ski season. With Discovery they realized that their engineers could assess changes in real-time and discuss them with the other team members to rapidly explore designs. What was previously a longer and more individual exercise became collaborative not just among engineers, but with every team member benefiting from simulation insight. The engineers could literally capture feedback from the skiers as they came off the slopes and Discovery gave them a joint language to explore product performance.

“Innovation is now involving everyone in the company.” – Nicolas Puget, Lead Research and Innovation Manager, Rossignol

In a different part of the world and with a very different product, Wibotic was also discovering the value of real-time simulation for design exploration. Wibotic designs and manufactures intelligent, wireless battery charging solutions for drones, robots and underwater autonomous vehicles. Dissipating the significant amount of heat produced during charging can be a challenging design problem. They began using ANSYS Discovery to simulate more design iterations in a short amount of time resulting in decreased prototyping costs and time to market. They too found increased collaboration because they could use Discovery as an interactive tool to illustrate the engineering improvements based on simulation results. You can watch the full story here.

“I was able to design on the fly with ANSYS Discovery. In a matter of 10 minutes I could be analyzing a completely different model and test thermal characteristics and airflow. The time we've saved in using Discovery can now be spent on other tasks related to product development, like usability, aesthetic design, and design for manufacturability.” – Chasen Smith, Lead Mechanical Engineer, Wibotic

image of ANSYS Discovery GUI

In both cases design engineers were able to immediately pick up and use simulation, thanks to the radical ease of use of Discovery — and interactively explore product options due to the groundbreaking speed. Their products are not turbines or rockets, that traditionally have benefited from simulation, but skis and battery chargers. Every engineer and every product benefiting from simulation.

Perhaps more interesting is the way the product development process changes radically with intuitive and real-time simulation. Innovation thrives when making mistakes does not imply breaking costly prototypes or redoing complex multi-day simulations, but is merely a matter of seconds and fixed by an undo button.

You too can benefit from iterative design exploration in minutes. We invite you to try ANSYS Discovery right now for free at When you download Discovery you will automatically be taken to an online forum with lots of material to help you get started, ask questions, and share your experiences.

What will you Discover?