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  • Writer's pictureNATALIA SOUSA

3M and Ansys provide Simulation training to Improve Adhesive Joint Design.

3M and Ansys launched a material modelling training program that is helping engineers refine product development processes, accelerate the design stage and eliminate material waste. Engineers are leveraging the program to generate better and analyze simulations, enhance designs and speed to market next-generation products using tape and adhesive as part of their design.

3M is developing and supplying adhesives that are widely applied across verticals. 3M scientists and engineers use Ansys solutions to ensure adhesives maintain structural integrity throughout the adhesive development cycle.

Simulation enables engineers to substantially improve sustainability and validate engineering decisions when analyzing advanced polymeric materials. However, engineers often struggle to obtain accurate engineering data on tapes and adhesives to run simulations effectively — 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 their tape and adhesive products to Ansys users.

"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. "Through this program, engineers will learn core principles and processes to overcome highly complex engineering challenges."

The first phase of this program includes three industry-level learning courses for adhesive modeling and simulation that are now available in Ansys Learning Hub (ALH). ALH is an Ansys-powered learning & 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. Over time, the series will expand to form a guided learning program, spanning several major material modeling engineer competencies and will become an accredited program, embedded into the material industry's qualification process.

Ansys Learning Hub is an on-demand portal that provides continuous learning curriculum for Ansys customers including 450 Ansys training courses, over 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.

"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. "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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