Ansys Mechanical Workbench Additive (Self-paced Learning Available)

Course Overview

This course is designed to provide knowledge about the 3D print process simulation.

It will give you a general overview of the challenges when simulating a print process. Once you have obtained the optimized shape from Ansys Mechanical using Topology Optimization tools, you’ll be able to simulate the manufacturing process. It requires you to consider  the orientation of the part in the printer, the materials to be used and the design of the support structure. This is what you will learn in this course.

This course teaches you how to use the Additive Wizard in Mechanical to define all the necessary information for your simulation. There is also a part of the course using SpaceClaim for creation of the support structure.



A technical education and a background in the fundamentals of finite element analysis are recommended.

The completion of the following courses is strongly advised:

  • Ansys Mechanical Getting Started
  • Introduction to Ansys SpaceClaim for FEA users

Target Audience:

Engineers and Designers working with printing process for additive manufacturing.

Teaching Method:

Lectures and computer practical sessions to validate acquired knowledge. A training certificate is provided to all attendees who complete the course.

Self-paced Learning:

Complete a class on your own schedule at your own pace. Scope is equivalent to Instructor led classes. Includes video lecture, workshops and input files. All our Self-Paced video courses are only available with an Ansys Learning Hub subscription. Register for a subscription using the tab below or contact for more information.

Learning Path


Learning Outcome

On completion of this training course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the challenges of simulating 3D print process
  • Understand the Lumped layer approach
  • Consider the Material information to provide
  • Create the workflow for thermal structural analysis weak coupling
  • Setting up a 3D print process simulation using the Additive Wizard
  • Track the results
  • Be familiar with the APDL commands behind the 3D print process simulation

Available Dates

Time Duration Event Type Location Language Course Cost Registration
March 08, 2021
13:00-15:00 EST (GMT -5)
2 Sessions
Mar 08-09
Virtual Virtual - WebEx English Subscription Only Register
June 28-29, 2021
13:00 - 15:00 ET
2 Sessions
Jun 28-29
Virtual Virtual  English Subscription Only Register

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 1 day classroom course covering both lectures and workshops.  For virtual training, this course is covered over 2 X 2 hour sessions, lectures only.

  • Challenges of simulating 3D print process
  • Lumped layer approach
  • Material information to consider
  • Construction guidelines for Additive Manufacturing
  • Thermal Structural analysis weak coupling
  • Setting up a 3D print process simulation using the Additive Wizard
  • Results tracking
  • Supports definition
  • APDL commands behind the 3D print process simulation

Virtual Classroom Session 1 / Live Classroom Day 1

  • Module 01: General Information on 3D Print Process Simulation
  • Module 02: Remarks on Construction Guidelines for AM

Virtual Classroom Session 2 / Live Classroom Day 1

  • Module 03: Setting up a 3D Print Process Simulation
  • Workshop 03.1: Setting up 3D Print Process Simulation
  • Workshop 03.2: Supports Definition
  • Module 04: What’s Behind the Print Process Simulation