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Teamcenter is a product lifecycle management system designed to help organizations integrate and standardize product development processes across functional silos.


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.

Autodesk Inventor

Autodesk Inventor 3D CAD software offers professional-grade 3D mechanical design, documentation, and product simulation tools. These blend parametric, direct, freeform, and rules-based design capabilities. Inventor includes integrated tools for sheet metal, frame design, tube and…

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Autodesk's Navisworks is a 3D model and construction project review and coordination software allowing the user to combine design and construction data into a single model, and identify and resolve clash and interference problems before construction.

Solid Edge

Solid Edge is a software solutions for product development — 3D design, simulation, manufacturing, data management, and cloud collaboration. Solid Edge aims to combine the speed and simplicity of direct modeling with the flexibility and control of parametric design.

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,…

aPriori Technologies

The aPriori Manufacturing Insights Platform automates and simulates the entire production process for a digital twin CAD model. The heart of the platform is its Digital Factories which generate an array of manufacturing data that can be used by product design teams, cost engineers…

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.


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…


NX CAM provides NC programming capabilities that enables the use of consistent 3D models, data and processes to connect planning and shop floor operations with a digital thread. It is used to streamline and automate NC programming, while reducing cycle time using application-specific…


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…

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…


SIMUL8 headquartered in Glasgow offers their simulation software for product design and validation, and testing.

Autodesk CFD

Autodesk CFD is a computational fluid dynamics simulation software that engineers and analysts use to intelligently predict how liquids and gases will perform. Autodesk CFD helps to minimize the need for physical prototypes while providing deeper insight into fluid flow design performance.…

National Instruments Multisim

National Instruments offers Multisim, a simulation application for engineers, designers, and educators.


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.


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

Simcenter Femap

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,…

Ansys CFX

Ansys CFX is a CFD software for turbomachinery applications. The solution helps to shorten development time with streamlined workflows, advanced physics modeling capabilities and accurate results.

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EMWorks2D is a low frequency simulation software that uses FEM to solve magnetic, electric and transient problems. Both planar and axisymmetric invariance geometries can be handled in 2D, which can shorten the design process. It enables users to test and improve designs, and it integrates…

VR Lifting Simulator

VR Lifting Simulator, from PaleBlue, is an augmented reality training tool dealing with industrial-grade physics.

PaleBlue Simulation Platform

PaleBlue Simulation Platform is a modular software framework for building simulators and experiences. PaleBlue Simulation Platform powers VR and AR applications.

VR Diver
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VR Diver is a virtual reality diving training solution, and can be utilized in the early stage of planning phase of a subsea operation, including both saturation diving and air diving.

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Which is the best simulation software for your business? (Navisworks, Solidworks, and Teamcenter)
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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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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