Simulation Software

Simulation Software Overview

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
138 ratings
37 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 Software
23 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.
Navisworks
15 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.
Fusion 360
31 ratings
10 reviews
Autodesk Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool which integrates design, modeling, and simulation capabilities.
Siemens Solid Edge
12 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
17 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
2 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…
Simulink
3 ratings
1 reviews
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…
SIMULIA
SIMULIA from Dassault Systemes is a simulation application for 3d objects.
Tanner AMS and MEMS Design Flows
Mentor Graphics, a Siemens business, offers Tanner AMS and MEMS Design Flow. The Tanner tools suite of simulation management tools and applications support system design, testing and validation.
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.
MSC Apex
MSC Software, now a Hexagon company, offers MSC Apex, the company's engineering design application for simulation, modeling, and virtual product development.
Certara Phoenix
Certara, headquartered in Princeton, offers Phoenix, a modeling and simulation application supporting PK/PD data analysis.
National Instruments Multisim
National Instruments offers Multisim, a simulation application for engineers, designers, and educators.
ESRD StressCheck
ESRD (Engineering Software Research and Development, Inc) headquartered in St. Louis offers StressCheck, a simulation governance application for aviation, aerospace and defense.
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.
SIMUL8
SIMUL8 headquartered in Glasgow offers their simulation software for product design and validation, and testing.
Mentor CFD
Mentor Graphics, a Siemens company, offers the Mentor CFD (computational fluid dynamics) simulation suite, including the FloTHERM suite, the FloEFD product applications, and FloMaster.
Siemens PSS
The Siemens PSS (Power System Simulator) portfolio is a simulation suite acquired with PTI (Power Technologies International) in 2005.
Simcyp Simulator
Certara offers the Simcyp Simulator software application supporting pharmaceutical research and testing.
Anylogic
The Anylogic Company headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace offers their eponymous flagship simulation software, offering flexible modeling via a multitude of libraries such as fluids, rail modeling, road and pedestrian traffic modeling, and libraries for other types of scenarios.
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.
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.