Engineers, from the novice to the highly experienced, can now use engineering simulation software across the entire product lifecycle with the newly released ANSYS 18.1. This next generation of ANSYS' industry-leading engineering simulation solutions builds upon decades of cutting-edge technology for the most complete and accurate digital prototypes across all major physics, electronics and embedded software areas.
This feature-rich release expands the boundaries of simulation upfront in the development process to digital exploration as well as downstream with digital twins, expanding simulation to the operations and maintenance of products.
Today's industries are undergoing a fundamental transformation in manufacturing and product development. Trends like the Internet of Things, additive manufacturing and machine learning are merging the physical and digital worlds, creating an unprecedented pace of product innovation. The opportunity is immense, but also creates incredible levels of complexity across the entire product lifecycle.
Simulation is being adopted across the entire product lifecycle, empowering engineers to imagine more options – a trend ANSYS calls pervasive engineering simulation. ANSYS simulation's increasing ease of use enables more users to take advantage of simulation early in the design process. Its increased scalability empowers users to quickly evaluate thousands of choices for optimal product design. ANSYS 18.1 also integrates with Internet of Things platforms to simulate digital twins of assets in operation.
Early design decisions lock in most of a product's costs. Through digital exploration capabilities in ANSYS 18.1, users can test hundreds of "what-if" concepts early in the design phase and quickly assess product performance for strength, power, thermal, pressure, flow rate, electrical or a number of other performance requirements. Through this digital exploration, designers and product engineers can identify optimal combinations while eliminating outlying designs – saving time and money.
Leading organizations are also expanding their use of simulation into operations by creating digital twins – virtual representations of individual operating assets whose performance and productivity can be improved through simulation technology. Sensors on the machine relay specific operating data — temperature, vibration, impact, loading — to the digital twin. This continuous feedback helps engineers to optimize the operation of a machine or a system and can predict adverse conditions long before they happen – unlocking billions of dollars in production and maintenance optimization. ANSYS 18.1 in combination with partner applications like, GE Predix and PTC ThingWorx, empowers users to create digital twins and apply predictive analytics to optimize their product's performance and operations in the field.