How to be More Productive Using Ansys Mechanical — Lesson 3

While working with Ansys Mechanical to solve a complex engineering problem, we often need to deal with large assemblies having many interconnected parts. Ansys Mechanical is a very powerful numerical simulation tool with a lot of automated features that can help you deal with large assemblies in a faster, easier and more efficient way. In this lesson, we will explore these features along with a number of tips and tricks to make working with Ansys Mechanical an enjoyable and efficient journey.

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Video Highlights

1:38 - Tips on mouse controls
2:23 - Cycling through drop-down menu options quickly
2:38 - Grouping objects in the Tree Outline
2:59 - Changing properties for multiple objects at once
3:36 - Using "Extend to Limits" Selection to select adjacent surfaces
4:00 - Understanding "Depth Picking" to select interior surfaces
4:42 - Adding to scoped geometry of an object ("Add to Selection")
5:33 - Visual confirmation of Mesh Size control on cursor
5:57 - Automatic contact detection and generation
8:00 - Filtering objects in the Tree Outline
8:28 - Using the Object Generator to create multiple, similar objects
10:24 - Drag-and-Drop functionality in Mechanical
11:51 - Using Worksheet views to see tabulated information
12:22 - Using multiple Viewports


Simulation Files

Download the step-by-step instructions and accompanying archived Workbench project files here. The student version of Ansys simulation software can be downloaded here.