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Ansys Discovery
3D Simulation Software

Ansys Discovery features the first simulation-driven design tool combining instant physics simulation, high-fidelity simulation and interactive geometry modeling in a single easy-to-use experience.


Ansys Discovery Reveals Critical Insights Early in the Design Process

By combining interactive modeling and multiple simulation capabilities in a first-of-its-kind product, Discovery allows you to answer critical design questions earlier in the design process. This upfront approach to simulation saves time and effort on prototyping as you explore multiple design concepts in real time with no need to wait for simulation results.

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    Easy-to-use interface
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    High-fidelity simulation powered by Ansys solvers
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    Embedded multiphysics simulation
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    First-of-its-kind live physics simulation

Quick Specs

Ansys Discovery answers critical design questions early in your process with speed and accuracy. Boost productivity and performance by eliminating long waits for simulation results. Discovery lets engineers focus on innovation and product performance. 

  • Structural Analysis
  • Topology Optimization
  • Design & Geometry Modeling
  • Fluid-solid Thermal Analysis
  • Transfer to Workbench, Mechanical, Fluent
  • Associativity to CAD
  • Filters, Screens or Perforated Plates Simulation
  • Steady-state and Transient Analysis
  • Model Prep for Simulation
  • Fluid Analysis
  • Thermal Analysis
  • Parameter Studies

Creating Surgical Solutions for Quicker Patient Recovery

Discovery speeds implant design to improve patient rehabilitation.

Discovery surgical

The phrase goes ‘Practice makes perfect’ We say ‘Iteration makes Perfection’

Discovery has made a profound impact on how we iterate quickly to create better products.

—Mauricio Toro, CEO, Techfit

Patients rely on the speed and accuracy of Techfit Digital Surgery to create implants that support healing bones. Every patient’s needs are unique, whether they're recovering from cancer or major injuries. Ansys Discovery simulation solutions can directly impact a patient’s recovery and rehabilitation. By exploring different design scenarios, engineers can validate products faster, get patients into surgery quicker and enable patients to enjoy recovery sooner. Through the Discovery software, Techfit Digital Surgery evaluates a patient's need and turns it into a design, highlighting the company’s mantra of “iteration makes perfection.” 

July 2021

What's New

Set up and run simulations in Ansys Discovery for a wide range of industries and applications faster and easier than ever before with new multiphysics capabilities, performance improvements and dynamic collaboration updates.  

More engineering use cases

More engineering use cases

Discovery now accounts for porous media to evaluate porous materials such as filters, screens and perforated plates within a product design.

Expand your use cases with an idealized  sliding contact for Discovery Live physics and conjugate heat transfer (CHT) for high-fidelity physics, enabling fast, easy to use simulation for evaluating fluid and thermal performance of product  designs.

Connected geometry workflow

Connected geometry workflow

Associative CAD interfaces, history tracking and a constraint-based sketching automate Discovery’s modeling operations and provide a seamless workflow from CAD to any other Ansys Workbench-connected app.

Workflow innovation

Workflow innovation

Workflow enhancements such as saved scenes, physics condition suppression and connections to Ansys Granta Selector and Ansys Granta MI, accelerate  and automate the simulation workflow from setup through report generation.

Discovery Applications

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Heat exchanger simulaiton

Heat Exchangers

Ansys enables heat exchanger design optimization for energy efficiency, materials selection, and life prediction under harsh operating conditions.

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Vehicle Chassis

Vehicle Chassis

Optimizing chassis design with simulation helps you deliver the next generation of safe, lightweight, low-cost, durable, reliable and high-performance vehicles.


Vehicle Interior

Learn how Ansys simulation enables the optimization of vehicle interior design, from comfort and noise to the human machine interface.

Vehicle Powertrain

Vehicle Power Train

Learn how Ansys simulation enables the optimization of vehicle power train design to deliver performance, fuel efficiency and environmental goals.



Develop innovative and durable implants that conform  with a patient’s physiology and that comply with MRI compatibility requirements.

Discovery Case Studies


Upfront Simulation Speeds the Innovation of Product Design

By answering critical design questions early in the process, thus decreasing engineer labor and physical prototyping costs, Ansys Discovery allows for a ROI boost across your organization. Upfront simulation reduces prototyping and testing needs and minimizes engineering change orders while maximizing design and ideation focus.

Ansys Discovery 3D product simulation software allows engineers to quickly prepare models for simulation or create design variations, all while rapidly exploring multiple design concepts with real-time interactivity. Upfront simulation improves product insight and leads to a more efficient and higher-performing outcome.

Discovery Simulation


Key Features

Simplify your 3D modeling and simulation tasks with a range of Discovery software capabilities.

With the interactive nature of Ansys Discovery, engineers can test several design ideas in mere seconds, receiving immediate insights on the structural performance of a design. Expect to quickly observe the different modes of vibration and receive a rapid understanding of resonant frequencies. Discovery removes barriers that previously prevented engineers from using engineering simulation. Instead of dealing with the difficulty of performing structural analyses on complicated geometry, Discovery enables near-instant simulation results once loads are established.

Whether you’re addressing internal or external flow, you can explore a variety of fluid wonders. Incorporate porous media into your analysis when applicable. When you’re ready for additional detail and higher accuracy, use the Ansys Fluent solver within the Discovery environment, without changing your model or your workflow.

The speed of the Ansys Discovery topology optimization tool is extremely handy, but the interactivity of the tool for generative design — the first-ever offering of its kind — means engineers can easily evaluate a wide-ranging spectrum of product behaviors to uncover the perfect design solution. Topology optimization capabilities account for manufacturing constraints and can apply to multiple load cases and physics, including modal and structural simulations, giving Discovery additional uses across multiple product designs.

The real-time heat flow and temperature distribution information enables you to test ideas in real time, iterating and ideating along  the way to find the best solution for your design needs. Leverage conjugate heat transfer (CHT) to determine fluid and solid temperatures for evaluating fluid and thermal performance of product designs. Solve a wide range of product design challenges with multiphysics simulation capabilities across numerous industry applications.

The ability to create and edit geometry remains critical to design exploration. The Ansys Discovery software makes those tools available within all parts of the workflow. Engineers can edit the shape of a model while viewing results and watch the simulation immediately update. Leverage native CAD models from a vast range of sources and update simulations with new versions when changes come. Geometry modeling offers a fresh take on simulation speed with a focus on final solutions. 

Expect to quickly observe the different modes of vibration and receive a rapid understanding of problem frequencies. With the fast, direct geometry editing powered by Ansys SpaceClaim, make adjustments to models and instantly see the impact. Discovery’s simulation-guided design accelerates product development, helps avoid delays and ensures you’re designing your best products.

Get to know the best solution for your project by studying how changes to geometry or physics input parameters change the results. Using parameter studies — also known as parameter sweeps — the design studies create a Pareto frontier of data in Ansys Discovery, meaning you can explore a large number of design possibilities by automating multiple geometric or simulation parameters. The simple process allows you to choose input parameters so you’re evaluating ideas simultaneously. With Discovery’s processes automated, expect to rapidly try new ideas, obtain fresh results and better understand trends and trade-offs to fit within your design goals.


Ansys Discovery License

The Ansys Discovery license provides access to a broad set of modeling and physics simulation capabilities, including geometry modeling tools for cleaning, defeaturing and editing imported models;  as well as generating new geometries to support simulation workflows; live physics simulation capabilities including thermal, structural, fluids and topology optimization; and simulation setup and post-processing functionality.

Solving high-fidelity simulation in Ansys Discovery  requires an additional license, depending on the physics. To leverage the Ansys Mechanical Solver for structural and thermal physics requires the Mechanical Pro license; whereas solving fluid physics requires the CFD Pro license.

Product Packages

Ansys Discovery Capability

Discovery Modeling

Discovery Simulation

Open Data from All Major CAD Systems    
Modify Imported Geometry    
Defeaturing and Simplification Tools    
Model Repair    
Repair and Edit Faceted Data    
Geometric Parameterization    
Transfer to Mechanical    
Transfer to Fluent    
Simulation Setup & Pre-processing    
Post-processing of Results    
Static Structural    
Point Masses    
Pre-stressed Modal    *
Linear Frictionless Contact    
Nonlinear Contact & Joints    *
Large Deformation    *
Pre-tension Bolts    *
Topology Optimization    
Manufacturing Contraints for Topology Optimization    
Steady-state Thermal    
Transient Thermal    
Steady-state Flow    
Transient Flow    
Incompressible Flow    
Buoyancy - Boussinesq    
Thermal Serface Loads (convection, heat)    
    * Requires additional license


Featured Webinars

Webinar Series
Discovery Webinar Series

Discovery Webinar Series

Learn how Discovery can help you improve effectiveness across valves, address structural simulation challenges, overcome thermal management issues and perform topology optimization and much more...all in 17 minutes.

White Papers & Articles

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This report presents the business benefits of taking a simulation-driven design approach, enabled by engineers, across the design cycle.



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