Hi Rob,

Thank you very much for the follow up, and yes, you’re correct most of the simulation tools for solid mechanics of fluid dynamics works on Windows or Linux and given the somewhat steep price tag of a mac a laptop, some win laptop can offer more than enough power for a fairer price. In my experience, a good laptop can still solve fairly complex problems without the need of a cluster. For many reasons I have had macs as my personal computers for a long time, it was just recently with the advent of apple silicon that I saw the opportunity not carry around 2 laptops, it might still be a niche for sure, but it does offer some very attractive advantages for me.

I’m a long Abaqus user and I wanted to learn and switch as much as possible to Ansys, but the fact I cannot run mechanical really puts a spoke on my wheel. Abaqus runs straight out of the box on the same windows 11 install where I tried to install Ansys to no avail. It runs smooth and quite decent speeds, from my experience with automotive problems a very good capable laptop could tackle most of my problems before needing to go to bigger machines, I like mobility and flexibility, this allows me to be able to work directly on my laptop from anywhere.

I tried both Win 11 Home and Pro on parallels for the Ansys install and the steps provided Leo Carrilho where they got one machine working (same installs where Abaqus and Hyperworks work).

It’s not a huge deal and if Ansys does not see the potential I’m sure the business case is poor, this means tough break for me and wait it out and postpone my transition.

If anything changes I would appreciate you dropping a line or 2, thank you.