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Ozen Engineering can develop custom encrypted 3D Component models for use in Ansys HFSS simulations. This simulation technology allows you to easily supply your customers with high-fidelity, ready-to-use simulation models of your product while concealing any restricted design features and internal geometry information. HFSS users typically prefer to use vendors which can provide 3D Components of their product to eliminate the need to spend time attempting to capture all of the important model details. This streamlines the design process while ensuring high accuracy, which is particularly important for high-frequency and high-speed applications. Ozen Engineering has decades of experience using HFSS and can create 3D Components for a variety of applications including RF/microwave connectors, antennas, and surface-mount passive components.

Example 3D Component model of patch antenna (pre-installed in HFSS library)

We begin the process of creating the 3D Component model by importing your component geometry or creating it using HFSS. We can import many popular CAD file formats including STEP, Parasolid, and ACIS as well as native Solidworks or NX models. The geometry of the 3D Component can be oriented with respect to a relative coordinate system to allow HFSS users to intuitively place it into a larger model. We then assign appropriate boundary conditions and material properties to all of the objects to define them for the full-wave electromagnetic solution. If desired, we can help obtain the appropriate electromagnetic material properties during this process.

We then encrypt the 3D Component model so that it can be easily shared with your customers and external partners without revealing design details or requiring a non-disclosure agreement to protect intellectual property. Typically the encryption is applied with the purpose of concealing the internal geometry, electromagnetic fields, and finite element mesh from the HFSS user. We work carefully with you to confirm that all specific features that are proprietary to your product are protected.

In addition to encrypted 3D Component models, we can create reference designs to show HFSS users how to properly assign ports for any required excitations. This additional information eliminates the need for users to contact you with questions about using the 3D Component. For example, the reference model can show how ports should be assigned to a coaxial connector installed on a PCB. We prefer this method over assigning ports directly to the 3D Component model since it allows users to select their preferred solution type (Driven Modal or Driven Terminal) for the simulation which incorporates the 3D Component. 

Example 3D Component reference model of RF/microwave connector (pre-installed in HFSS library)

Please contact us if you are interested in discussing how we can develop encrypted HFSS 3D Component models for your products. If you design using another EM simulation tool, we invite you to work with us to offer this capability to your customers. We look forward to hearing from you!

Post by Mark Jones
January 17, 2024