Ansys Apdl Student Version

If you haven’t noticed, ANSYS, Inc. has been making quite a few ACT extensions available for ANSYS 15.0 on the ANSYS Customer Portal. If you are not familiar with ACT (ANSYS Customization Toolkit) Extensions, please see our earlier blog entry, “There’s an Extension for That,” here.

As of this writing, there are 20 ACT extensions available for download from the Customer Portal for version 15.0. There is also a set of training files available from the same link.

ANSYS Launches Free Student Version. This week ANSYS, Inc. Made a fantastic announcement that has been in the works for a while, and that we think will greatly benefit the simulation community: A free ANSYS Student product. This is an introductory product that is focused on students who are learning the fundamentals of simulation who also want.

Among the new additions is an extension allowing the use of Mechanical APDL User Programmable Features in the Mechanical editor. Previously this could only be done in MAPDL. You will still need to install the customization files as part of the ANSYS installation, and you will still need the proper versions of the FORTRAN compiler and Visual Studio. However, this extension unleashes a significant capability within the Workbench Mechanical tool that wasn’t there previously, access to UPF’s.

The documentation states that it works with both versions 14.5 and 15.0 of ANSYS.
To get to the 15.0 ACT Extensions download area, login to the ANSYS Customer Portal and navigate through Downloads > Extension Library > 15.0. We urge you to browse the list of available extension available from the Customer Portal to see which might have benefits to your simulations.

Here is a list of all of the current extensions:

ACT Intro Training_R150_v1

ACT Templates for DM_R150_v1

Templates for educational purpose; demonstrates most common scenarios of ACT-based development needs in DesignModeler

ACT Templates for DX_R150_v1

Templates for educational purpose; demonstrate integration of external optimizers

ACT Templates_R150_v1

Templates for educational purpose; cover most common ACT-based development needs

Acoustics Extension R150_v42

Convection Extension_R150_v4

Expose convection with pilot node capability in steady-state and transient thermal analyses

Coupled Diffusion_R150_v3

Introduce coupled diffusion analysis (structural diffusion, thermal diffusion, and structural thermal diffusion) in both static and full transient analysis

Coupled Field Physics Extension_R150_v1

Expose piezoelectric, thermal-piezoelectric and thermal-structural solver capabilities


Expose the Dynamic Design Analysis Method (DDAM) in Mechanical interface

Design Modeler Utility_R150_v1

Distributed Mass_R150_v2

Add distributed mass (rather than a point mass) to a surface as either “total mass” or “mass per unit area”

Enforced Motion_R150_v3

Ansys Apdl Student Version
In Mode-Superposition Harmonic and Transient Analyses, allows applying base excitation (displacement or acceleration). Excitation can be either constant or frequency/time dependent

FE Info Extension_R150_v9

Ansys Apdl Student Version Pdf


Map temperature and pressure loads (from a CFD calculation) to a multi-step Mechanical analysis for transient one-way FSI. Includes CFD-Post macros

Follower Loads Extension_R150_v2

Create follower forces and moments to follow geometric deformation

Hydrostatic Fluid_R150_v5


Expose MATLAB optimization algorithms and user programs in the Optimization component of ANSYS DesignXplorer


Change material ID to user specified value for the selected bodies



Piezo Extension_R150_v8

Expose piezo-electric solver capabilities

UPF Extension_R150_v1

Allow for the use of User Programmable Features (UPF) within Workbench

Yesterday, I installed Ansys 16.2 student version. I also have the solidworks premium 2013. I want to integrate them together but something seems to be wrong.

I runned the 'Ansys CAD Configuration Manager' as an administrator > selected 'solidworks _ Workbench Associative Interface' > clicked 'next' > Clicked 'Configure Selected CAD Interfaces' > the following message shows up:

Prerequisites ..... Configure Success
SW Workbench PlugIn ..... Not Configured

What's going wrong??

8 Answers

when you download ANSYS, look in the downloaded folder for 'cads' and you will find all of the cad plugins required for all of the accepted cad software.

For example: looking in cads folder, 'ai' folder is autodesk inventor, 'sw' folder is solidworks etc. when you run your ANSYS cad config. like you have done, its looking for these files so without them it will not configure. In the error text log it will say .dll not found (registry file). You need to take note of what folder its looking in and move your cad plugin files to this. I moved the inventor folder in 'ai' to:


run the CAD config again and you will find it works.

Same problem in here, but with Ansys 13.0 I didn't have this problem

I have the same issue aswell, how do I locate the plug in I need from Solidworks to put it in the correct location?

There are 2668 views and 5 answers. People! can you please share your experiance if it worked or not, dont be so selfish.
i downloaded ansys 19.2 student recently , and i have solidworks 2019 pro , as Duncan said i realised that sw file does not exists and i tried to move solid works plug in file to that direction but i dont know whats the files name and at cad conf. panel , 'Display Configuration Log File' it says ;
deleteAnsRegistryXML SW failed, file C:Program FilesANSYS IncANSYS Studentv192commonfilesregistrywinx64appendSOLIDWORKS.Software.XML does not exist
I tried to find this 'SOLIDWORKS.Software.XML ' file but i couldnt.
so if anyone can help ill be grateful

After so many attempts as mentioned by Duncan, it worked for me. In my case winx64 file is opened with adobe reader by defaults, So if the same thing happens with you Just change opening app to your zip opener and then extract the winx64 file in required registry location.

benna I faced the same problem but with the student's edition I'm afraid you cannot do much about it - I reached information that the student edition does not suport any CAD configuration files, hence the missing libraries are just not there.