ANSYS, Inc. Announces AI*Workbench Application Development Platform

New Platform Designed to Bring Customized Simulation and Web Collaboration To the Product Development Process

CANONSBURG, Pa., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- ANSYS®, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANSS), the global innovator of simulation software and technologies aimed at optimizing the customer product development process, today announced the introduction of AI*Workbench(TM), a new application development platform. AI*Workbench is the first of ANSYS, Inc.'s new AI*Solutions(TM) advanced technology suite.

AI*Workbench is a new application development platform designed to bring customized simulation solutions and Web collaboration to the product development process. The platform allows the creation of simulation templates and related applications that seamlessly interface with and improve product development efforts.

Gordon Willis, chief executive officer of Vulcanworks, Inc., commented, "Vulcanworks selected ANSYS, Inc. as a global technology partner for its AI*Workbench solution and the open architecture environment that it supports. This flexible simulation technology platform fully integrates into our existing development infrastructure, enhancing our speed-to-market." Vulcanworks, Inc. develops and deploys an advanced engineering environment to streamline the product development process for leading manufacturers in the automotive industry.

AI*Workbench provides infrastructure and support services required for application development, integration, and configuration. The platform includes extensive data access framework, graphics with user interface interaction mechanisms, and native CAD data access and bidirectional CAD associativity with a high level of reliability.

Additionally, AI*Workbench contains common graphics, user interface, scripting and data transfer mechanisms, a GUI framework and controls, integration ability for third-party or acquired technologies into the framework, parameter management, and part interface management tools for large 3-D assemblies, as well as environment modeling tools for loads/boundary conditions. The platform also supports powerful and robust meshing technologies and supporting tools such as mesh controls and adaptive meshing, post-processing and assessment tools.

"AI*Workbench provides a customizable platform with unparalleled flexibility and open architecture," stated Dr. Joseph S. Solecki, chief technologist at ANSYS, Inc. "A parameter change in other simulation environments could involve as many as 10 steps, but with applications built within AI*Workbench, design analysis iterations are implemented in one simple step. As the only platform built specifically for design and analysis within a Web-based environment, the AI*Workbench-based application program is easy to use and ensures excellent CAD interoperability and parameter management, as well as multiphysics system-level simulation."

About The AI*Solutions Software Suite

AI*Solutions from ANSYS, Inc., provide product development teams new, state-of-the-art simulation products and technology platforms. AI*Solutions is continually expanding and will include:

   -- Al*Workbench(TM): An open and flexible application development
       technology platform that enables customers and partners to create
       customer- and industry-specific engineering simulation solutions to
       meet their specific needs.
   -- AI*EMAX(TM): A family of high-frequency electromagnetic analysis
       products for the electronics industry that supports the functionality
       to analyze RF/microwave passive components and circuits,
       electromagnetic interference and compatibility (EMI/EMC), antenna
       design, and object identification. AI*EMAX is expected to launch in
       November 2001.
   -- AI*Environment(TM): The next generation of general pre- and
       post-processing tools for mechanical engineering. AI*Environment
       includes the industry's leading meshing technology from ANSYS, Inc.'s
       ICEM CFD Engineering subsidiary. AI*Environment is expected to be
       released in early 2002.

For additional information on AI*Solutions, please visit the ANSYS, Inc. Web site at

About ANSYS, Inc.

ANSYS, Inc., founded in 1970 as Swanson Analysis Systems, Inc., develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers and designers across a broad spectrum of industries, including aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, electronics and biomedical. Headquartered at Southpointe in Canonsburg, Pa., ANSYS, Inc. develops open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for fast, efficient and cost-conscious product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation. With more than 400 employees, ANSYS, Inc. distributes its ANSYS®, DesignSpace®, AI* Solutions(TM) and ICEM-CFD Engineering products through a network of channel partners in 37 countries, in addition to its own direct sales offices in 18 strategic locations throughout the world. For additional information, please visit

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