ANSYS Discovery AIM

Upfront Simulation, Design Engineering & Customized Solutions

Up to 80% of the cost of a product’s development is determined by the decisions you make early in the design process. Upfront simulation is digitally exploring design concepts and testing critical design choices early in the product lifecycle using simulation. Upfront simulation gives you the information to make informed decisions, reduce costly physical prototypes, and avoid unworkable designs down the road. Upfront simulation helps you bring innovation to market faster and less expensively.

ANSYS Discovery AIM makes upfront simulation easy by combining intuitive, guided workflows, accurate simulation results and optimization in a complete simulation tool. Integrated geometry modeling based on ANSYS Discovery SpaceClaim technology helps you create new 3D concept models, or edit/repair existing geometry. Whether a simulation includes electromagnetics, thermal, structures, or fluids or combinations thereof, all aspects of simulation workflow are included in the single-window design, which enables you to predict complete product performance with results you can trust. Discovery AIM’s powerful parametric and optimization capabilities can automatically explore the design space thoroughly and find the best design faster.

ANSYS Discovery AIM makes it easy to deploy simulation throughout an engineering organization. You can customize Discovery AIM’s user interfaces to comply with your company’s standards for simulation, and create simulation templates for your unique industry applications. Because Discovery AIM includes fluids, structures, thermal and electromagnetics simulation capabilities, engineers only need to learn one tool, reducing training time and costs.

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ANSYS Discovery AIM – ANSYS 19 Update

Discovery AIM is full of enhancements making it easier and faster to simulate real world conditions

We’ve packed in several enhancements to the structural, fluids, and electromagnetic engineering simulation workflows that will improve your productivity and give you more accurate results. Improved topology optimization, support for spring connections, integration to ANSYS Discovery Live, porous media directions, and support for stranded conductors are a few improvements you’ll see highlighted in this video.

Proven Simulation Technology

Single User Interface with Multiple Physics in Discovery AIM.

Discovery AIM is based on trusted ANSYS technology for all the steps of upfront simulation — model setup, meshing and physics solution — enabling reliable and accurate fluid, structural, thermal, electromagnetic and multiphysics simulations.

ANSYS Discovery AIM Proven Simulation Technology

Guided Simulation Workflows

Discovery AIM’s guided simulation workflows and highly intuitive user interface streamline the setup and execution of engineering simulation, making it easy to apply simulation early in the design process, when it can be used for critical design decisions.

Discovery AIM’s templates guide you through the entire simulation process and automate many of the routine steps, enabling you to focus on the engineering. The visual cues and guides included in Discovery AIM user interface help you to quickly identify and navigate to model inputs that require attention. You will spend less time learning — or, for infrequent users, relearning— and operating the software, making you more productive.

Physics Aware Meshing

Based on the desired type of physics solution and setup, AIM intelligently creates an appropriate mesh. Now with even faster and easier setup of high-fidelity physics

An improved algorithm for structural simulations facilitates the creation of high-quality meshes with little to no intervention. This new mesh algorithm better recognizes small features such as holes and fillets, and more accurately refines meshes in those regions. With physics-aware meshing that automatically refines areas of concern, you’ll accelerate your simulation process.

ANSYS Discovery AIM 19.2 - Physics Aware Meshing

Robust Design Optimization

Discovery AIM’s powerful design exploration and optimization capabilities help you to make informed design decisions and optimize your product designs.

Discovery AIM includes ANSYS DesignXplorer technology, so you can explore your design space rapidly and thoroughly, and automatically optimize your product designs. By varying parameters from CAD, material properties, boundary conditions and simulation results, you can quickly set up and evaluate multiple design variations to drive design of experiments, goal-driven optimization and Six Sigma analysis.

Flexible Custom Applications

With Discovery AIM’s customization capabilities, you can incorporate your company’s best engineering practices into your simulation process to ensure consistency and accuracy within your organization.

Discovery AIM includes journaling and scripting based on Python, which enables you to record, customize and replay your simulation. Any simulation can be used as the basis for a replayable user-defined template, and custom physics objects and loads can be used to tailor the simulation definition to specific processes. Discovery AIM’s automation and customization capabilities are particularly useful for creating products that must adhere to safety or manufacturing standards.

ANSYS Discovery AIM 19.2 - Interoperability for Engineering Collaboration

Interoperability for Engineering Collaboration

Discovery AIM uses the same proven ANSYS solver technology as ANSYS CFD and ANSYS Mechanical, so you can trust your results.

Design engineers and simulation analysts can work closely together to troubleshoot problems or perform deeper investigations because both use the same ANSYS flagship products. Overall, Discovery AIM brings ANSYS solver technology to design engineers through easy-to-use, guided workflows and makes it simple for them — or the analysts they collaborate with — to overcome challenges using Discovery AIM model data.


Whether analyzing voltages or electric fields in high voltage applications, new electrostatic simulation workflows are simple and fast in Discovery AIM.

ANSYS Discovery AIM 19.2 Electrostatics
ANSYS Discovery AIM 19.2 Rapid Results

Rapid Results

Add simplicity and speed to your post-processing by easily interacting with your results and extracting your data faster.

Explode Views

Visualize small details in large assemblies, and quickly find important details impacting boundary conditions and contacts between components.

ANSYS Discovery AIM 19.2 Explode Views

Ways to Access AIM Technology

ANSYS Discovery Ultimate

Discovery Ultimate

Discovery Ultimate contains extensive structural, fluid, thermal, and electromagnetic simulation capabilities as well as direct modeling for a complete 3-D CAD modeling tool.

30-Day Trial
ANSYS Discovery Standard

Discovery Standard

Discovery Standard contains structural, fluid, thermal, and modal analysis as well as advanced STL editing capabilities.

30-Day Trial
ANSYS Discovery Essentials

Discovery Essentials

Discovery Essentials contains direct modeling for part, assembly, and drawing creation. It includes tools for full model repair and editing, translators for most CAD packages and neutral formats, reverse engineering of faceted data, manufacturing, and sheet metal optimization.

30-Day Trial