Simulation Software

Simulation Software Overview

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.

Simulation Products

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SOLIDWORKS
170 ratings
40 reviews
Top Rated
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.
Siemens PLM Teamcenter
18 ratings
12 reviews
Siemens PLM Software (formerly UGS) is a computer software company specializing in 3D & 2D Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software. The company is a business unit of Siemens Industry Automation division, and is headquartered in Plano, Texas. The Siemens PLM suite includes CAD application sui…
Autodesk Fusion 360
32 ratings
11 reviews
Autodesk Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool which integrates design, modeling, and simulation capabilities.
Navisworks
5 ratings
10 reviews
Top Rated
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 construction.
Siemens Solid Edge
9 ratings
7 reviews
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 to Siemens PLM…
PTC Creo
14 ratings
5 reviews
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, Creo Schematics a…
SimScale
0 ratings
2 reviews
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 numerous simulation…
Altair Inspire
1 rating
1 review
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 increase a product’s…
SIMULIA
0 ratings
1 review
SIMULIA from Dassault Systemes is a simulation application for 3d objects.
Simulink
4 ratings
1 review
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 of complex systems…
ETAP PS
0 ratings
1 review
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.
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 in an Essentials pa…
MSC One
MSC Software, now part of Hexagon, offers MSC One, a product token subscription system that allows the user access to the MSC suite of engineering design and modeling tools as needed.
Certara Phoenix
Certara, headquartered in Princeton, offers Phoenix, a modeling and simulation application supporting PK/PD data analysis.
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.
MSC Apex
MSC Software, now a Hexagon company, offers MSC Apex, the company's engineering design application for simulation, modeling, and virtual product development.
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.
SIMUL8
SIMUL8 headquartered in Glasgow offers their simulation software for product design and validation, and testing.
Siemens Simcenter
Simcenter is presented by Siemens as a flexible, open, and scalable portfolio of predictive simulation and test tools, and a key component within the company's Xcelerator portfolio. The simulation suite, includes products acquired from Mentor Graphics, such as the FloTHERM suite, the FloEFD product …
Simcyp Simulator
Certara offers the Simcyp Simulator software application supporting pharmaceutical research and testing.
Leidos RADSIM
Leidos offers RADSIM, a high-fidelity radar simulation system for flight systems, flight simulators, UAV simulators, and other purposes.
Honeywell UniSim
Honeywell offers the UniSim suite of simulation and product optimization tools and applications.
eTrax
Operational Technology Inc (ETAP) offers eTrax, a train power simulation and railway modeling application.
National Instruments Multisim
National Instruments offers Multisim, a simulation application for engineers, designers, and educators.