The aerodynamics team at the University of Utah needed to gain a better understanding of how different components on the car alter the air flow, and how it could improve its design to reduce drag. The team had recently familiarized themselves with performing parametric studies in Ansys Fluent and Ansys CFX, but were looking for a better way to test more design iterations during the upfront design stage.
CAD designers and analysts were constantly sending models back and forth between them. Analysts would prepare a model for simulation, establish boundary conditions, mesh the model, and then endure a potentially lengthy solve time. This process took even longer when a model needed further mesh refinement. If the analysts identified a potential problem, they would hand the model back to the CAD designer and request a change. The cycle would then repeat. In some cases, analysts could make a CAD change themselves, but all simulation setup procedures would still need to be completed. Designers and analysts in the HyperXite team were looking for a way to compress the iteration time.
Watch video of Ansys Discovery Live being used for geometry and simulation of stent designs.
Biomedical engineers design stents to open or prevent blockages in arteries. They must consider and optimize a number of design parameters to ensure a stent has the flexibility to withstand localized forces, and the structural integrity to retain its artery-opening shape.
Stents are commonly used to prevent or relieve partial or complete blockage in arteries. They must distribute loads so as not to damage the arterial inner walls, and they must minimize disruption of blood flow. Using the rapid geometry editing capabilities of Ansys Discovery Live, designers at Ninsight were able to test many more concepts and innovate like never before.
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SpaceClaim has created a plugin for Mastercam that allows geometry transfer back and forth between the two products. This is beneficial for SpaceClaim customers looking for a CAM solution and Mastercam customers looking for a powerful geometry editing and preparation tool. See the video here.