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Introduction to Ansys Additive Science

Course Overview

This course is designed to provide knowledge about Ansys Additive Science.

Ansys Additive Science provides an exploratory environment for scientists and engineers to determine the optimum process parameters for metal additive manufacturing machines and materials. You can gain insight into the microscale melt pool phenomena by performing full factorial studies with various process parameters.

This course focuses on how materials can be characterized, and how the optimum process parameters can be identified. Multiple material characterizations are studied: melt pool dimensions on a single bead simulation, porosity prediction, microstructure analysis, thermal history. All these characterization procedures are explained in this course.


  • knowledge on metals is required, as well as some background on Additive Manufacturing (printing machines and printing process).

Teaching Method

Lectures and computer workshops to give students the knowledge and confidence they’ll need to apply what they’ve learned to their own designs. 

Learning Outcome

Following completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand how multi-scale problems are handles by thermal solver
  • Characterize materials by predicting Melt Pool characteristics and porosity
  • Predict material grain size and orientation
  • Find the optimum process parameters for manufacturing process
  • Setup simulations using Additive Science


 Available Dates

Learning Options

Training materials for this course are available with a Ansys Learning Hub Subscription. If there is no active public schedule available, private training can be arranged. Please contact us.


This is a half-day classroom course covering both lectures and workshops. For virtual training, this course is covered over 1 x 2-hour session, lectures only.

Virtual Classroon Session 1

  • Module 01: Thermal Solver Overview
  • Module 02: Single Bead Parametric Study
  • Workshop 02.1: performing a single bead parametric simulation
  • Module 03: Porosity Parametric Simulation
  • Workshop 03.1: performing a parametric simulation
  • Module 04: Microstructure Analysis (Beta)
  • Module 05: Thermal History Analysis (Beta)
  • Module 06: Examples and Summary