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Product Design Solutions

Ansys 3D design tools enable engineering teams to significantly boost productivity, spur innovation and speed time to market. 3D design software allows your team to make smarter, faster decisions by reducing product development costs and improving workflows. Ansys enables you to build market-leading products while accounting for real-world behaviors with less prototyping.


More time innovating.

Less time waiting for design answers.

Engineering Speed

Ansys 3D product design tools offer an intuitive, tremendously fast user experience that's built for design engineering workflows. Teams can innovate more designs in less time, provide rapid design exploration and deliver detailed insight into real-world product performance. Live physics simulation and accurate high-fidelity simulation come together in a single easy-to-use interface, letting engineers easily evaluate feedback on design changes.

Ansys Topology Optimization

Ansys Topology Optimization produces design insights in real-time, driving inspiration and lightweighting design possibilities in less time.


Computation fluid dynamics delivers accurate insights into product performance.

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What's New

Ansys Discovery 2022 R2 continues to expand simulation capabilities and ease of use to unlock innovation and increase productivity throughout product development. Aerospace and defense, electronics, and automotive industries will develop their simulation reach with faster workflows for bolted connections, porous media modeling in Live Physics, and high-frequency electromagnetics within Discovery. More analysts benefit from Ansys Discovery’s geometry preprocessing workflows, award-winning live physics, and interactive user experience.

•Bolted structures: Modeling bolted assemblies are now incredibly easy. A new bolted connection tool detects mating bolt holes, matches sizing to industry standards, suppresses bolt geometry, and creates an associative physics connection that supports pre-tensioning between parts, all in an automated single-click workflow. 

• Flow control devices & antenna ideation: Porous media modeling is now supported in Discovery’s Live Physics enabling fast, easy-to-use simulation of filters and other resistive flows. High-frequency electromagnetics modeling is added for initial concept evaluation and placement of basic antennas before a more detailed study in Ansys HFSS.

•Electronics cooling: Revamped tools for Icepak model simplification are now a part of Discovery offering an accelerated workflow for electronics cooling applications. Automated small features and logo detection make it easy to speed up your simulations and reduce issues through model simplification.

3D Design What's New


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Ansys Discovery continues to expand simulation capabilities and ease of use for every engineer!  Learn about the improvements in 2022 R2, along with ten (10) focused sessions on Upfront Simulation at Level Up 3.0!

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

Quickly observe the impact of antenna locations and receive a rapid understanding of problems. Whether you have a basic CAD model or one with 1000 threaded screws, there's no need to simplify your CAD geometry. With fast, direct geometry editing powered by Ansys SpaceClaim, adjust the antenna location in real-time and instantly see the impact. 

Let the power of SpaceClaim's streamlined workflows reduce model pre-processing time from weeks or days to hours or minutes, all while eliminating the need to outsource CAD modifications. Whether you're modifying existing geometry or creating simplified representations, SpaceClaim eliminates geometry bottlenecks to let engineers focus on physics. Simulation-driven product development allows parameterizing of any model and includes bidirectional linkage to Ansys Workbench for seamless integration of geometry. This allows for fast, bottleneck-free answers in 3D.




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Featured Webinars

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The All-New Ansys Discovery Webinar Series: 7 Tips in 17 Minutes

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.

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Leverage Ansys SpaceClaim for Design to Manufacturing

In this webinar series, we will highlight how you can leverage SpaceClaim for identifying and addressing costly CAD challenges that can delay manufacturing. 

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Solving Design Challenges with Ansys Discovery and Fluent

This webinar series explores how you can leverage Ansys Discovery’s real-time physics simulation and harness the power of Ansys Fluent inside Discovery to determine if your “best design” holds true to your performance goals. We will also showcase how engineering analysis can help optimize the design and operation of ventilation systems for the transportation industry.


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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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