The Next Big Thing in Engineering Simulation

All great discoveries and inventions begin with a vision. A vision to make a better product, solve a unique problem or make life easier in some capacity. For centuries scientists and engineers have made tremendous progress in discovering scientific phenomena, or in solving technological challenges. I could write extensively about many of those inventions and discoveries, but there is one I would like to highlight.

In 1928, a Scottish biologist named Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from vacation. As he was sorting through some petri dishes he noticed something unusual. One particular dish had several colonies of bacteria and a cluster of mold. However, there was no bacteria growth near the cluster of mold. Although he did not realize the magnitude of his observation at that moment, he would later be credited with discovering the first lifesaving antibiotic, which he called penicillin.


“When I woke up just after dawn on September 28, 1928, I certainly didn’t plan to revolutionize all medicine by discovering the world’s first antibiotic, or bacteria killer,” Fleming said. ”But I suppose that was exactly what I did.”

Why is this story so intriguing? Because Fleming’s discovery was not what he was originally searching for. He was looking to do extraordinary work in his research, and spent countless hours experimenting and testing, only to make a monumental discovery by accident. What other breakthroughs and discoveries are out there, undiscovered due to limitations on time and cost of experimentation?

Think about all the other discoveries and inventions throughout history, and the time commitment involved in perfecting a product. Imagine where we would be today if the brilliant scientists and engineers before us had more sophisticated engineering tools to assist in developing their breakthroughs.

Now think about the vision of ANSYS technologies – Realize Your Product Promise. ANSYS makes advancements possible that might not have been discovered before. The engineering simulation technology that so many engineers use promotes better product designs through faster and more extensive virtual testing and experimentation. Do you ask yourself, “What happens if I change this variable or what if I adjust this input.. how will that affect my design performance?”