The industry-leading ANSYS Workbench computer-aided engineering (CAE) integration environment is CAD-neutral and supports bidirectional, direct, associative interfaces with all major CAD systems.

With geometry integration solutions from ANSYS, you can use your existing, native CAD geometry directly, without translation to IGES or other intermediate geometry formats. ANSYS has offered native, bidirectional integration with the most popular CAD systems for more than 10 years. ANSYS also provides integration directly into the CAD menu bar, making it simple to launch world-class ANSYS simulation technologies directly from your CAD system.

Parameter and Dimension Control

ANSYS geometry handling solutions include best-in-class CAD integration technology in an industry-leading, CAD-neutral CAE integration environment. This provides direct, associative, bidirectional interfaces with all major CAD systems, including Autodesk Inventor, CATIA V5, CoCreate Modeling, Autodesk Mechanical Desktop, Pro/ENGINEER, Solid Edge, SolidWorks and UG NX. In addition, it includes file-based readers for IGES, STEP, ACIS, Parasolid, CATIA V5 and CATIA V4.

An associative interface allows you to drive parametric changes either from your CAD system or from within the ANSYS Workbench platform.  

ANSYS geometry integration solutions include direct, associative, bidirectional interfaces with all major CAD systems

The ANSYS Workbench environment uses a unique plug-in architecture to maintain associativity with CAD systems, allowing you to make design changes to your CAD model without having to reapply loads, supports, and/or other boundary conditions.

You can either pick a CAD dimension to change directly or enhance your design iterations with the Parameter Manager. The Parameter Manager in the ANSYS Workbench platform provides an easy way to set up multiple design scenarios by allowing users to simply fill in the Parameter Manager spreadsheet; ANSYS software will automatically update the geometry and run your multiple simulations

A bidirectional link allows the CAD model to be updated based on changes within the ANSYS Workbench environment, allowing engineering simulation to fit easily into your product development process.

Named Selection Manager

Use of the Named Selection Manager within Pro/ENGINEER
















ANSYS CAD interfaces also include the Named Selection Manager. The Named Selection Manager can be used to create custom attributes within CAD systems and use them directly in ANSYS applications for modeling, meshing and analysis. This facilitates easy model setup similar to a CAD-embedded simulation tool, while still maintaining all of the advantages of ANSYS Workbench.

Smart and Selective Updates

ANSYS geometry integration solutions include the option to update selected parts

The state-of-the-art ANSYS CAD integration solutions support smart and selective updates of CAD parts. These allow you to update selected parts instead of updating an entire assembly, which makes geometry updates faster and more targeted, and results in significant time savings while working with large assemblies.