Ansys Learning Hub courses, taught by 3M research scientists, are intended to help engineers develop innovative designs using tapes and adhesives while eliminating material waste. (Ansys / PRNewswire photo)

Ansys Learning Hub courses are taught by 3M research scientists to help engineers enhance designs of products using tapes and adhesives, while eliminating material waste.

January 3, 2022

PITTSBURGH—Simulation enables engineers to substantially improve sustainability and validate engineering decisions when analyzing advanced polymeric materials. Now, a material modeling training program launched by 3M and Ansys is said to be helping engineers refine product development processes, accelerate the design stage, and eliminate material waste.

Engineers are leveraging the program to better generate and analyze simulations, enhance designs, and speed to market next-generation products using tape and adhesive as part of their design, according to a release from Ansys. Three industry-level learning courses for adhesive modeling and simulation are currently available, while plans are underway to expand into a complete, accredited program, Ansys said in the release.

3M develops and supplies adhesives that are widely applied across markets that include industrial equipment, health care, worker safety, and consumer goods. Throughout the adhesive development cycle, 3M scientists and engineers use Ansys tools to ensure that adhesives maintain structural integrity, Ansys said.

Engineers often struggle to obtain accurate engineering data on tapes and adhesives to effectively run simulations. This results in excess material waste and additional prototyping cycles, which hinders sustainability efforts. To answer this challenge, 3M and Ansys collaborated to create an industry material modeling training program that teaches engineers how to model with tape and structural adhesives, optimize adhesive and joint design, decrease waste, and improve production efficiency. In addition, 3M offers verified FE material models for its tape and adhesive products to Ansys users, according to the release.

“Together with Ansys, 3M is creating a leading-edge learning environment that will educate current and future engineering workforces on how to harness powerful material science and digital engineering solutions to increase productivity, win the race to market ,and substantially improve environmental sustainability,” said Rebecca Miller, vice president, structural adhesives at 3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division, in a statement. “Through this program, engineers will learn core principles and processes to overcome highly complex engineering challenges.”

Ansys said the first phase of the program includes the three industry-level learning courses for adhesive modeling and simulation that are now available in Ansys Learning Hub (ALH). The ALH is an Ansys-powered learning and development program that hosts digital engineering solution training and adoption resources across various verticals. These courses combine on-demand and instructor-led training delivered by 3M research scientists and engineers. The program will be available to all ALH customers, the company said.

Over time, the series will expand to form a guided learning program, spanning several major material modeling engineer competencies. It will become an accredited program, embedded into the material industry’s qualification process, according to the release.

Ansys Learning Hub is an on-demand portal that provides continuous learning curriculum for Ansys customers. It is said to include 450 Ansys training courses, more than 1,200 self-paced workshops for hands-on practice, 400 hours of topical lecture videos and more than 200 virtual and live training events annually led by Ansys experts. The program also provides tools for managing educational goals and instructor-moderated breakout rooms, the company said.

“Engineers can significantly reduce costly material waste and help power team-wide environmental sustainability by mastering a rapid and robust solution that helps determine the optimum adhesive and joint design for bonding applications,” said Shane Emswiler, senior vice president at Ansys, in the release. “Through this training program with 3M, we are empowering engineers to enhance their skill set, increase production efficiency, slash material waste, and speed products to market.”

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