To make simulating a product’s physical performance as easy as using Google Search is the vision of every engineer and every product. The ANSYS Discovery family is a big step forward towards that dream.
The ANSYS Discovery family includes ANSYS Discovery SpaceClaim, ANSYS Discovery AIM, as well as Discover Live. These three, bundled together, can turn your design team into a powerhouse. Some examples.
Rossignol, winter sports equipment
With the 2018 skiing season in full force, what better example is there than Rossignol, the maker of top of the line winter sports equipment, used by many of the athletes in the competition.
Rossignol has a team of engineers working with skiers, designers and others to create new products. Of course, because of the ski season, time to market is critical for the company. With Discovery the Rossignol engineers assessed changes in real-time and discussed them with the other team members to rapidly explore designs. What was previously a longer and more individual exercise became collaborative not just among engineers, but with every team member benefiting from simulation insight. The engineers literally captured feedback from the skiers as they came off the slopes and Discovery gave them a joint language to explore product performance.
To learn more about their story, watch this video
Innovation is now involving everyone in the company – Nicolas Puget, Lead Research and Innovation Manager, Rossignol
Wibotic, intelligent, wireless battery charging solutions
In a different part of the world and with a very different product, Wibotic also discovered the value of real-time simulation for design exploration. Wibotic designs and manufactures intelligent, wireless battery charging solutions for drones, robots and underwater autonomous vehicles.
For the company, dissipating the significant amount of heat produced during charging of the batteries can be a challenging design problem. They began using ANSYS Discovery to simulate more design iterations in a short amount of time resulting in decreased prototyping costs and less time to market. They too encountered increased collaboration because they could use Discovery as an interactive tool to illustrate the engineering improvements based on simulation results. You can watch the full story here
I was able to design on the fly with ANSYS Discovery. In a matter of 10 minutes I could be analyzing a completely different model and test thermal characteristics and airflow. The time we’ve saved in using Discovery can now be spent on other tasks related to product development, like usability, aesthetic design, and design for manufacturability – Chasen Smith, Lead Mechanical Engineer, Wibotic
Every engineer and product benefit
In both cases design engineers were able to immediately pick up and use simulation – thanks to the radical ease of use of Discovery — and interactively explore product options due to the groundbreaking speed. Their products are not turbines nor rockets, that traditionally benefit from simulation, but skis and battery chargers.
Perhaps more interesting is the way the product development process changes radically with intuitive and real-time simulation. Innovation thrives when making mistakes is merely a matter of seconds and fixed by an undo button. When it does not imply breaking costly prototypes or redoing complex multi-day simulations. And that is exactly what ANSYS Discovery stands for.