Solid Modeling of a Heat Sink in Ansys Discovery - Lesson 1

In this lesson, we will learn how to build a simple solid model of a heat sink using Ansys Discovery.

Heat Sink

What is a heat sink?

A heat sink is:

  • A metallic component used to remove heat from a body or system to maintain an optimum temperature​
  • Commonly found in computer processors and other parts that generate excess heat


Modeling approach:​

Our approach to modeling will begin by analyzing the technical drawing. Download the technical drawing required for creating this heat sink model here. Once we understand its characteristics, we can outline a plan for creating the heat sink model. With a plan in place, we can begin creating the model.

Check out the video below to learn the step-by-step procedure for creating a heat sink model in Discovery.


This heat sink modeling session covered several different topics. You learned how to use sketching tools such as Rectangle and Circle to begin creating geometry. You then utilized the Pull, Move and Pattern tools to create and modify the geometry of the solid body. Finally, you made alterations to the appearance of the design using various coloring and shading tools.