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Student working in makerspace

Source: College of Engineering

A student works in the makerspace.

Four years ago, ANSYS, Inc. and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) announced a partnership to educate the next generation of engineers. Today on campus stands ANSYS Hall, a 36,000-square-foot maker facility where students and faculty interact with cutting-edge simulation and fabrication tools.

As Industry 4.0 revolutionizes manufacturing and product innovation, ANSYS and CMU recognize the need to boost engineers’ use of simulation tools. Currently, only highly specialized experts use these types of tools, and few companies use simulation from end to end. It is time to change that.

Simulation-driven product development flips the process by exploring the properties of a plethora of options up front, before committing to specific materials and designs. With physics-based computational tools, an engineer can test millions of permutations of designs, materials, flows, and shapes to find the optimal design before needing to build a single physical prototype.

Not only will this new approach unleash the next wave of innovative physical products, it is necessary to make designs more energy-efficient and sustainable. A shorter product development cycle will also result in final products that are better quality and quicker to manufacture.

In ANSYS Hall, students will rapidly transform their ideas from digital concepts to physical prototypes—in the same facility.

By equipping engineering students with the advanced tools and expertise they need, ANSYS and the College of Engineering are enabling the next generation of engineers to build the products of tomorrow.