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Attribute Ratings

  • SimScale is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.4

Autodesk Tinkercad

94%
7 Ratings
10.0

SimScale

100%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Autodesk Tinkercad

I have found that Autodesk Tinkercad is best for creating simple 3D models for printing. I use it to add text or modifications to 3D models of artifacts for my museum, including labels and support structures for artifacts to stand on. I also use it to create promotional materials, like 3D models of artifacts with our logo on them, which we can print and pass out at events. I would not use Autodesk Tinkercad for more complex 3D modeling or editing 3D models. It's really designed for basic creation and modification, and in those areas it is extremely useful!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SimScale

SimScale has a quick learning ramp. This is due to the excellent staff at SimScale. I've had interns in their 2nd year of a BSME degree pick this program up and solve some difficult incompressible flow simulations. They love it and I love that we can iterate so quickly on a tool that doesn't stop their other design work. We can run a simulation and get back to designing in CAD. We get notified when the simulation is done. It's great! Give it a try for free and see for yourself.
John T. Winter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Autodesk Tinkercad

  • Tinkercad is a great baseline CAD program. This program is easy to implement and train people in.
  • After on a short period of time my students are able to create complex forms using Tinkercads pre-generated shapes and holes.
  • The Tinkercad provided projects aid in pushing the learning experience even further and reinforce the ideas that I train on and help my students explore the program before designing their own complex sculptural forms.
Melissa Hill | TrustRadius Reviewer

SimScale

  • Amazing support team to help with modeling and troubleshooting
  • Database of example projects is great for gaining ideas on how different scenarios can be modeled within the tool
  • Affordable CFD tool - with computing done in the cloud it allows for complicated modeling to be done without expensive equipment!
  • The browser interface is much more intuitive and faster to learn and use than many other CFD tools. Significantly easier than OpenFOAM, which is its backend.
  • Great training for new users
Erika Boeing | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Autodesk Tinkercad

  • ADVANCED CADD TOOLS
  • ADVANCED SLICING TOOLS
  • AIMED TOWARD CHILDREN IN SOME ASPECTS
  • I WOULD LOVE TO SEE INTEGRATED TRAINING IN THE PROGRAM ITSELF
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SimScale

  • Learning from tutorials is great, but limiting. The online help is a must.
  • Some simulations take a lot of time, but at least it's not on your PC.
  • Sometimes the software times out due to the server.
John T. Winter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Autodesk Tinkercad

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

SimScale

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Starting Price

Alternatives Considered

Autodesk Tinkercad

PTC Creo is a more professional software and is great and I used it for many years at my old job, but tinkercad is great for younger students in my opinion and it is nice that it can be accessed online and as a teacher it seems easier to manage. It also has more kid friendly built in tutorials and I think is easier to pick up and learn. Many teachers I think would be overwhelmed by Creo and it also has more of a cost than tinker
Karee Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

SimScale

SimScale is much faster to spin up on than OpenFOAM. Ansys CFD tools are much more expensive! Both tools require expensive computing equipment to run, which SimScale does not!
Erika Boeing | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Autodesk Tinkercad

  • Autodesk Tinkercad has enabled us to engage our customers further by offering enrichment programs for their children which will help to inspire them into STEM careers
Nathan Morimitsu | TrustRadius Reviewer

SimScale

  • We saved approximately $30k using this SaaS.
  • Running on the cloud saved us from buying expensive workstations.
  • Easy to use. We didn't need a CFD expert in-house for training. We now have outsourced the training to SimScale for just the membership cost.
John T. Winter | TrustRadius Reviewer

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