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Elements: An Engineering Simulation Blog

Serving the engineering simulation community and ANSYS and Rocky DEM users by sharing news, workshops, seminars, training, webinars, tips & tricks, and more.
May
26

COMBINING SIMULATION AND INNOVATION TO ASSESS AND IMPROVE VENTILATOR PERFORMANCE TO FIGHT COVID-19

With COVID-19 defining the new normal with social distancing, quarantining, and working from home, this is an unfamiliar time for many of us. Since the beginning of this outbreak, ventilators have been a key focus as hospitals and elected officials scramble to replenish supplies. So long as we had enough of the devices, lives would be saved. “It’s all about the ventilators,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said in a March 18 press briefing, adding that the state could need up to 37,000 ventilators at the peak of the outbreak, compared to the existing supply of 3,000.

To contribute to the fight against COVID-19, SimuTech Group has collaborated with Rice University and MIT to help accelerate the efforts in improving ventilator performance.

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Apr
03

Resources for our customers during this COVID-19 pandemic

We would like to provide you with several updates and resources as we navigate the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We appreciate your ongoing partnership with us and we will continue to provide you with the highest level of service and support possible.

  • Our employees are fully enabled (and have been for many years) to work remotely and stay connected with each other and with you!
  • We have eliminated non-essential travel and most on-site interactions
  • We are utilizing web-based tools to provide virtual face-to-face meetings, services, and support.
  • All of our employees can be reached by the same phone number and email you have always used.

Resources:

  • Ansys and Rocky DEM customer support
    • Contact us at:
      • 585-623-5050 (USA)
      • 416-997-6085 (Canada)
    • Our normal business hours remain in effect
    • Visit technical support on our website for more information
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Apr
03

How to Access Ansys licensing when working remotely

Overview

The following outlines options for Ansys users to be able to work remotely with regards to licensing and remote desktop access. This includes situations where users may be traveling or temporarily working offsite.

Ansys Licensing Background

Ansys applications use a floating (network) license which can be shared across a group of users/computers connected to the same network. The Ansys applications and licensing consist of the following 3 components:

  1. The Ansys License Manager application: This software is typically installed on only a single server or workstation at a company and must always be running to handle license check out/check-in requests. Preferrably this designated computer should run 24/7. The Ansys License Manager can co-exist with other application license managers on the same server.
  2. The Ansys license file: This is a text file which will be provided by SimuTech or Ansys to install into the Ansys License Manager (which will be running on the license server). This file contains your "keys" which are unique to your company and your license server. These keys make up your pool of licenses, and control which licenses and how many will be available to users.
  3. The Ansys applications: Ansys applications (i.e. Workbench, Mechanical, Electronics Desktop, CFX, Fluent, Discovery, etc.) can be installed on many workstations on the same network and are configured to checkout/check-in licenses from the license server.

*Note: The Ansys License Manager and Ansys applications can be installed on the same computer, but is generally not recommended in a multi-user environment. Some Ansys applications use a subscription-based license, which is not covered here.

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Jun
11

ANSYS Provides an End-to-End Simulation Workflow for Additive Manufacturing

Charles SimoneauCharles Simoneau
Primary Additive Mfg Engineer
Additive manufacturing (AM) joins materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer (ASTM F2792). In this way, AM allows levels of hierarchical, shape, material and functional complexities unequaled by conventional manufacturing technologies.

In the metal industry, AM successes are many:

Aviation: GE 3D-printed their 30,000th fuel nozzle tip for their LEAP engine in October 2018. Better fuel efficiency, weight reduction, and part consolidation were some of the benefits of using additive technologies;

Biomedical: Stryker offers implants integrating their Tritanium® In-Growth Technology, which features an additively manufactured porous structure that promotes bone in-growth and biological fixation;

Aerospace: Relativity Space has built Stargate, the largest metal 3D printer in the world that will be used to produce entirely 3D-printed rockets in a matter days instead of years;

Dental: 3DRPD has 3D-printed over 150,000 patient-specific removable partial dentures made of biocompatible cobalt-chrome alloy using the laser powder bed fusion process.

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Apr
19

Contacting SimuTech Support - ANSYS TECS

Providing a high level of quality technical support has always been a top priority at SimuTech. This commitment helps us to consistently keep a Net Promoter Score (NPS) above 80 for ANSYS Technical Support. An NPS of +50 is generally deemed excellent, and anything over +70 is exceptional.

In an effort to make SimuTech Support (technical support) requests easier for our current ANSYS TECS and Rocky DEM customers, we are pleased to announce a single email address and two central phone numbers as your main points of contact.

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