Medical Device Simulation

With patient welfare hanging in the balance, disruptive innovation is a permanent concern and product failure is not an option in healthcare. Applying engineering simulation throughout development can make all the difference in bringing new treatments to patients while meeting safety standards and product deadlines.

When you build reliability into the design process, it improves compliance with tightening FDA regulations — and saves lives. Since clinical testing can’t address every possible situation, medical device companies adopt engineering simulation (in silico testing) to systematically identify and resolve worst-case scenarios.


The Business Case for Material Intelligence

The impact of materials information on productivity, innovation, cost and risk in the engineering enterprise.

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  • Cardiovascular
  • Orthopedics
  • Diagnosis & Personalized Medicine
  • Medical & Hospital Supplies


Implantable cardiovascular devices — stents, coils, heart valves and pacemakers — are complex as a result of exacting product and regulatory (FDA) specifications. The study of hemodynamics is critical to cardiac device engineering, which can benefit greatly from engineering simulation and advanced fluid–structure interaction modeling.

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As life expectancy rises, orthopedic researchers are extending the life of joint implants and developing innovative replacement therapies for aging hips, knees, shoulders and spines. Successful companies invest heavily in engineering simulation to develop the best possible design while ensuring implantable product reliability.

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Diagnosis & Personalized Medicine

Engineering simulation is a proven way to optimize diagnostic equipment. The trend is toward smaller, smarter, more portable and more accurate devices.

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Medical & Hospital Supplies

"Smart" medical equipment and supplies incorporate multifunctional electronic and microelectronic capabilities, which add complexity to the product engineering process.

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  • Accelerating Globalization
  • Affordable & Profitable Medicine
  • Ensuring Extreme Reliability
  • Boosting Medical Innovation

Accelerating Globalization

Globalization addresses the lack of engineering resources in non-industrialized countries. It also enables the healthcare industry to customize global concepts (device, product or process) to meet local needs.

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Affordable & Profitable Medicine

Affordable treatment and product profitability are not at odds: Successful healthcare companies streamline the long, costly testing and approval process yet still engineer innovative medical and pharmaceutical solutions.

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Ensuring Extreme Reliability

Regulatory approval includes subjecting products, procedures and services to the extreme conditions they will encounter during use — over a large patient population. ANSYS technology helps minimize the chance that a medical device will fail, not just for regulatory testing but throughout its lifetime.

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Boosting Medical Innovation

Despite shrinking budgets, leading medical device companies push innovation to the limit, fueled by the demand for new and cheaper medical solutions, an aging population and growing access to care.

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