Simulation Software

Simulation Software Overview

Simulation software allows engineers to evaluate, optimize, and compare product designs by modeling real world events in a computer generated environment. It is a facet of computer-aided engineering (CAE) software. Simulation software can create any model that is governed by equations or mathematical data and place it in a pre-defined system. By analyzing these constructs, engineers can observe how the model and system interact, thereby predicting performance, defects, stresses, and product lifespan.


Examples of commonly modeled products are mechanics, electrical systems, chemical reactions, heat, and weather. Vendors may offer libraries that simulate industry specific scenarios, such as construction, aviation, road and pedestrian traffic, electrical circuitry, fluid dynamics, and many more.


Simulation and CAE software are highly related to computer-aided design (CAD) software. CAD software is mostly concerned with the design of products where CAE software is focused on the testing and simulation of products. Leading vendors may offer CAD modeling and CAE simulation engines that are tightly integrated, under the same product line. Alternately, simulation software may offer integrations with many popular third-party CAD applications.

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Which is the best simulation software for your business? (Navisworks, Solidworks, and Teamcenter)
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Which simulation software is best for business use? The answer really depends on business size, industry, and overall feature needs. Looking at Siemens Teamcenter, Autodesk's Navisworks, and Solidworks, we explore what each option offers.

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SOLIDWORKS

Dassault Systemes offers SOLIDWORKS, a computer-aided design (CAD) system for education and manufacturing supporting 2D or 3D design, electrical design, simulations, and product development with collaboration tools.

Teamcenter
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Teamcenter® software is a product lifecycle management (PLM) system that connects people and processes, across functional silos, with a digital thread for innovation. The vendor states the breadth and depth of the Teamcenter portfolio mean that users can solve more of the tough challenges…

Navisworks

Autodesk's Navisworks is a construction project review and simulation software to improve BIM (Building Information Modeling) coordination, allowing the user to combine design and construction data into a single model, and identify and resolve clash and interference problems before…

aPriori

aPriori aims to help design and manufacturing teams around the globe create the products of the future. aPriori is a provider of digital manufacturing software that brings product design, sourcing teams, and supplier teams closer together to close the gap between design and production.…

Autodesk Fusion 360

Autodesk Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool which integrates design, modeling, and simulation capabilities.

PTC Creo

PTC offers Creo, the company's line of computer-aided design (CAD) products that support the product lifecycle management (PLM) process with 2D and 3D design kits (Creo Elements and Creo Direct), an augmented reality module, Creo Illustrate for technical illustrations, Creo Sketch,…

Siemens Solid Edge

Siemens PLM (formerly UGS), a division of Siemens AG, offers Solid Edge. Solid Edge is a 2D/3D CAD modeling, simulation, CAM, and 3D printing suite offered free to students, hobbyists, and learners or at relatively low cost to mid-tier companies. It's capabilities are limited relative…

SimScale

SimScale is an engineering simulation platform that aims to revolutionize the way engineers, designers, scientists, and students design products. The SimScale platform is fully cloud-based and is accessible completely via a standard web browser. The easy-to-use interface supports…

SIMULIA

SIMULIA from Dassault Systemes is a simulation application for 3d objects.

Altair Inspire

Altair Inspire, developed by SolidThinking which was acquired by Altair, is software for Generative Design/Topology Optimization, and rapid simulation solution for design engineers. It is designed to enhance the concept development process by enabling simulation-driven design to…

Simulink

MathWorks offers the Simulink product family including the Simscape physical modeling suite, simulation, validation, and testing tool set, a 3D animation module, signal processing toolbox for wireless communication, control systems, and event-based monitoring, to aid in the design…

ETAP PS

ETAP, headquartered in Irvine, offers ETAP PS, their suite of power system modeling. simulation and optimization software, supporting power management, grid transmission analysis, and other electrical systems.

Simcenter STAR-CCM+

Simcenter, from Siemens, is a suite of simulation tools and software. STAR-CCM+ is a multiphysics computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to study how products operate under real-world conditions.

GeoSyn

GeoSyn from IHS Markit is scientific synthetic modeling software that provides "what-if" scenarios for a comprehensive relationship analysis between geological and geophysical data. Synthetic generation is critical to tying wellbore information measured in depth to seismic horizons…

Ansys SCADE Suite

The Ansys SCADE Suite is a model-based development suite for embedded software and applications, like flight and engine control systems.

Ansys Discovery

ANSYS Discovery is a design and modeling simulation suite, supporting electromagnets, thermal, structures, fluids, and many combinations of different materials in a single-window 3D design interface for concept exploration, repair, or other purposes. ANSYS Discovery is available…

Leidos EMTOOLS

Leidos offers EMTOOLS, a design, electromagnetic measurement and simulation suite which can be deployed for a variety of signal detection, radar, wireless propogation, and other purposes.

Leidos RADSIM

Leidos offers RADSIM, a high-fidelity radar simulation system for flight systems, flight simulators, UAV simulators, and other purposes.

Siemens EDA Custom IC (Tanner)

Siemens EDA offers their custom IC design flow products, based on Tanner from Mentor Graphics, supporting analog, analog mixed-signal, MEMS, and integrated photonic designs.

Keysight PathWave EM Design (EMPro)

Keysight Technologies headquartered in Santa Rosa offers the PathWave EM Design (EMPro) Simulation Software, an electromagnetic (EM) simulation software design platform for analyzing the 3D EM effects of components such as high-speed and RF IC packages, bondwires, antennas, on-chip…

ScaleX

Rescale, the HPC specialist company headquartered in San Francisco, offers ScaleX, a simulation software available in Pro and Enterprise editions, as well as specific Universities and Developer editions.

MSCOne

MSC Software, now part of Hexagon, offers MSCOne, a collection of advanced simulation software that enables designers and engineers to access all the CAE software they might need with a low barrier to entry via a token system.

Certara Phoenix

Certara, headquartered in Princeton, offers Phoenix, a modeling and simulation application supporting PK/PD data analysis.

ESRD StressCheck

ESRD (Engineering Software Research and Development, Inc) headquartered in St. Louis offers StressCheck, a simulation governance application for aviation, aerospace and defense.

Siemens PSS

The Siemens PSS (Power System Simulator) portfolio is a simulation suite acquired with PTI (Power Technologies International) in 2005.

Learn More About Simulation Software

What is Simulation Software?

Simulation software allows engineers to evaluate, optimize, and compare product designs by modeling real world events in a computer generated environment. It is a facet of computer-aided engineering (CAE) software. Simulation software can create any model that is governed by equations or mathematical data and place it in a pre-defined system. By analyzing these constructs, engineers can observe how the model and system interact, thereby predicting performance, defects, stresses, and product lifespan.


Examples of commonly modeled products are mechanics, electrical systems, chemical reactions, heat, and weather. Vendors may offer libraries that simulate industry specific scenarios, such as construction, aviation, road and pedestrian traffic, electrical circuitry, fluid dynamics, and many more.


Simulation and CAE software are highly related to computer-aided design (CAD) software. CAD software is mostly concerned with the design of products where CAE software is focused on the testing and simulation of products. Leading vendors may offer CAD modeling and CAE simulation engines that are tightly integrated, under the same product line. Alternately, simulation software may offer integrations with many popular third-party CAD applications.

Simulation Software Features & Capabilities

Simulation software designed for computer-aided engineering (CAE) provides the following features:

  • Predefined library of features, shapes and objects for modeling

  • Predefined modeling scenarios (e.g. weather stress), including industry-specific toolsets

  • Pre-processing tools allow the user to define various materials, conditions, and other simulation variables

  • Tools to import product model data from CAD application

  • Integrated environment with CAD modeling studio to edit product geometry without leaving app

  • Virtual validation testing, such as fault tolerance

  • Test multiple product designs against each other for superior performance or resilience

  • Post-processing tools include simulation results, charts and other data analyzation tools

Pricing Information

The price of simulation software varies depending on the capabilities of the software, number of users, business or enterprise level install, and installation type. On premise installs can run between $4,000 and $20,000 per license. Subscription based models range from $100 to $1,000 per month. Several open source and free plans exist for students and community projects.

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