ANSYS Announces AI*Environment

Powerful New Generation Pre- and Post-Processing Tool Provides Direct Path from CAD to Analysis

SOUTHPOINTE, Pa., June 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ANSYS Inc. , a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, today announced the release of AI*Environment(TM), a robust pre- and post-processing tool to support complex and advanced simulation problems faced by engineering analysts. By applying the company's ICEM CFD Engineering technology to the structural modeling problem, AI*Environment is designed to provide a direct path from CAD to analysis and reduce time and efforts required in preparing data for large simulations.

As a FEA-centric pre- and post-processing tool, AI*Environment works with several geometry sources, including a parametric link to leading CAD systems. AI*Environment provides extensive geometry repair tools that are useful in preparation for meshing, as well as comprehensive healing, world-class meshing and mesh editing capabilities. This powerful combination of tools leads to a software product that significantly reduces the time for simulation compared to traditional pre-processing tools used by analysts.

"With our proven track record as the #1 preprocessor for CFD modeling, we know how to rise to a challenge," said Devendra Rajwade, general manager of the Environment Business Unit at ANSYS Inc. "We see similar needs in the structural analysis environment. Combining our strengths in automation, high- quality meshing, and robust geometry handling and an easy-to-use interface, we have created a tool that will appeal strongly to any engineer while doing everyday FEA analysis to advanced multidisciplinary simulation."

"Automotive and aerospace customers deal with some of the most interesting - but also some of the largest and most complicated - engineering simulation problems known to man," said Steve Pilz, product manager for ANSYS Inc. "AI*Environment extends the well proven meshing methodology - top-down and geometry independent meshing - used extensively by designers/analysts for CFD simulation to FEA simulations. With the flexibility and robustness provided by AI*Environment, the engineering analysts will be able to produce results for complex simulations in a fraction of the time and play a leading role in product's development cycle."

AI*Environment boasts key engineering advantages such as robust geometry handling with parametric link to commercial CAD packages, extensive geometry repair/feature suppression tools, mid-plane extractions/extension, powerful mesh editing, multiple solver support, batch meshing, advanced boundary conditions and reliable large model post-processing, on both Unix and Windows operating systems. Additionally, patch independent meshing methodology enables users to capture the geometric detail based on a tolerance or minimum element edge length setting. AI*Environment patch independent meshers can rapidly compress previously unsolvable problems down to produce same-day solutions, keeping the product development schedule intact.

About ANSYS Inc.

ANSYS Inc., founded in 1970, develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers and designers across a broad spectrum of industries. The Company focuses on the development of 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. Headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania U.S.A. with more than 18 strategic sales locations throughout the world, ANSYS Inc. employs more than 600 people and distributes its ANSYS(R), DesignSpace(R), AI*NASTRAN(TM), ICEM- CFD Engineering and CFX(R) products through a network of channel partners in 37 countries. Visit for more information.

Note to editors: ANSYS, DesignSpace, ANSYS DesignModeler, ANSYS DesignXplorer VT, ANSYS ProFEA, ANSYS Emax, ANSYS Emag, ANSYS eNotebook, Workbench Environment, CFX, AI*Environment and CADOE S.A. are registered trademarks or trademarks of subsidiaries of ANSYS, Inc. located in the United States or other countries. NASTRAN is a registered trademark of the National Aeronautics Space Administration. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Lynn Rowles, ANSYS, +1-724-514-3076 or Email Contact; or
Liz Erk, Topaz Partners, +1-781-388-7900 or Email Contact, for ANSYS

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