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Carry out thermodynamic and mineral processing calculations on a standard computer quickly and easily. Essential software toolkit for process research, development, design, and digitalization, as well as for estimating process efficiencies, yields, and environmental footprints. Visit www.outotec.com/HSC for further details. Learn more about HSC Chemistry

Essential software toolkit for mineral processing professionals for process research, development, and analysis. Learn more about HSC Chemistry

MATLAB

by The MathWorks

A programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numerical computation. Learn more about MATLAB

A programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numerical computation. Learn more about MATLAB

AnyLogic

by The AnyLogic Company

AnyLogic is the only simulation tool that supports Discrete Event, Agent Based, and System Dynamics Simulation. Learn more about AnyLogic

AnyLogic is the only simulation tool that supports Discrete Event, Agent Based, and System Dynamics Simulation. Learn more about AnyLogic

Gives you the power to rapidly build accurate 3D animated models and objectively analyze alternatives to make informed fast decisions. Learn more about Simio

Gives you the power to rapidly build accurate 3D animated models and objectively analyze alternatives to make informed fast decisions. Learn more about Simio

The global leader in engineering simulation software. Learn more about ANSYS

The global leader in engineering simulation software. Learn more about ANSYS

SimScale

by SimScale

Run CFD, FEA or thermal simulations in minutes via a web browser with the world's first cloud-based CAE platform. No installation. Learn more about SimScale

Run CFD, FEA or thermal simulations in minutes via a web browser with the world's first cloud-based CAE platform. No installation. Learn more about SimScale

WITNESS

by Lanner Group

Fast, productive predictive digital twin & simulation software platform for professional modeling and application development. Learn more about WITNESS

Fast, productive predictive digital twin & simulation software platform for professional modeling and application development. Learn more about WITNESS

A powerful set of tools for simulating nonlinear and dynamic response as well as composite materials. Learn more about SolidWorks Simulation Premium

A powerful set of tools for simulating nonlinear and dynamic response as well as composite materials. Learn more about SolidWorks Simulation Premium

Powerful, intuitive simulation software that anyone can use to get results fast. Improve processes, increase efficiency & reduce costs. Learn more about SIMUL8 Professional

Powerful, intuitive simulation software that anyone can use to get results fast. Improve processes, increase efficiency & reduce costs. Learn more about SIMUL8 Professional

FlexSim is a powerful tool for modeling, analyzing, visualizing, and optimizing any process - from manufacturing to supply chains. Learn more about FlexSim

FlexSim is a powerful tool for modeling, analyzing, visualizing, and optimizing any process - from manufacturing to supply chains. Learn more about FlexSim

Arena

by Rockwell Automation

What if you could determine the impact of your business decisions before they were implemented and evaluate potential alternatives? Learn more about Arena

What if you could determine the impact of your business decisions before they were implemented and evaluate potential alternatives? Learn more about Arena

iGrafx delivers proven ROI to the largest enterprises in the world. Learn more about iGrafx

iGrafx delivers proven ROI to the largest enterprises in the world. Learn more about iGrafx

Analytic Solver

by Frontline Systems

Analytic Solver offers simulation/risk analysis, and prescriptive analytics, data mining, forecasting, and predictive analytics. Learn more about Analytic Solver

Analytic Solver offers simulation/risk analysis, and prescriptive analytics, data mining, forecasting, and predictive analytics. Learn more about Analytic Solver

Web-based CFD and FEA simulation tool. Learn more about CONSELF

Web-based CFD and FEA simulation tool. Learn more about CONSELF

Simulation tool enabling physics-based modeling through optimizations and verifications. Learn more about COMSOL Multiphysics

Simulation tool enabling physics-based modeling through optimizations and verifications. Learn more about COMSOL Multiphysics

NX 8 CAE

by Siemens PLM Software

Conduct all of your simulations from a single environment and eliminate data translation errors. Learn more about NX 8 CAE

Conduct all of your simulations from a single environment and eliminate data translation errors. Learn more about NX 8 CAE

CAESES

by FRIENDSHIP SYSTEMS AG

CAESES is a flexible CAD and optimization solution for fast and comprehensive design studies with CFD or other simulation tools. Learn more about CAESES

CAESES is a flexible CAD and optimization solution for fast and comprehensive design studies with CFD or other simulation tools. Learn more about CAESES

Ingrid Cloud

by Adaptive Simulations

Easy-to-use, accurate wind simulations delivered within hours. Affordable and fast CFD solution! Learn more about Ingrid Cloud

Easy-to-use, accurate wind simulations delivered within hours. Affordable and fast CFD solution! Learn more about Ingrid Cloud

Sim3D

by Emulate3D

Helps you to reduce the risk associated with your project decisions by clearly demonstrating the consequences of system design choices. Learn more about Sim3D

Helps you to reduce the risk associated with your project decisions by clearly demonstrating the consequences of system design choices. Learn more about Sim3D

Vensim

by Ventana Systems

Leading System Dynamics & simulation solution for building high quality models of complex systems in business & research. Learn more about Vensim

Leading System Dynamics & simulation solution for building high quality models of complex systems in business & research. Learn more about Vensim

CAEplex

by Seamplex

An easy web-based platform for performing finite-element analysis running on the cloud. Learn more about CAEplex

An easy web-based platform for performing finite-element analysis running on the cloud. Learn more about CAEplex

Simcad Pro

by CreateASoft

Next-Generation Dynamic Simulation Software powered by interactive on-the-fly simulation with animated 2D/3D Visualization engine Learn more about Simcad Pro

Next-Generation Dynamic Simulation Software powered by interactive on-the-fly simulation with animated 2D/3D Visualization engine Learn more about Simcad Pro

SimSci

by Schneider Electric

Process simulation software designed for heavy oil industry. Helps to optimize performance and increase plant capacity. Learn more about SimSci

Process simulation software designed for heavy oil industry. Helps to optimize performance and increase plant capacity. Learn more about SimSci

Open Source PLM software supports BOM, Document, Change management, workflow, CAD, Dashboards and BI. Learn more about Aras Innovator

Open Source PLM software supports BOM, Document, Change management, workflow, CAD, Dashboards and BI. Learn more about Aras Innovator

FLOW-3D

by Flow Science

FLOW-3D is a powerful modeling tool that gives engineers valuable insight into many physical flow processes. Learn more about FLOW-3D

FLOW-3D is a powerful modeling tool that gives engineers valuable insight into many physical flow processes. Learn more about FLOW-3D

CHARGE

by Fieldscale

Simulation application that helps businesses with Fieldscale Charge, electronic simulations and more. Learn more about CHARGE

Simulation application that helps businesses with Fieldscale Charge, electronic simulations and more. Learn more about CHARGE

EMS

by Electromagneticworks

3D Electromagnetic solution for electro-thermo-mechanical, power engineering, electrical machines, sensors, & biomedical applications. Learn more about EMS

3D Electromagnetic solution for electro-thermo-mechanical, power engineering, electrical machines, sensors, & biomedical applications. Learn more about EMS

PSCAD

by Manitoba Hydro International

PSCAD is the professionals choice for Power System Simulation Learn more about PSCAD

PSCAD is the professionals choice for Power System Simulation Learn more about PSCAD

ProcessModel

by ProcessModel

Best software for Process Performance Models, Lean Manufacturing, CMMI, Six Sigma, all Process improvement projects in all industries Learn more about ProcessModel

Best software for Process Performance Models, Lean Manufacturing, CMMI, Six Sigma, all Process improvement projects in all industries Learn more about ProcessModel

Simright

by Simright

Provides cloud CAE tools for modeling, simulation, and optimization, which users can easily access through their web browsers. Learn more about Simright

Provides cloud CAE tools for modeling, simulation, and optimization, which users can easily access through their web browsers. Learn more about Simright

Remcom provides electromagnetic simulation software for design engineers and EM simulation professionals. Learn more about 3D Electromagnetic Simulation

Remcom provides electromagnetic simulation software for design engineers and EM simulation professionals. Learn more about 3D Electromagnetic Simulation

PaleBlue

by PaleBlue

VR helps to intensify training, streamline workflow, & reduce cost by making it possible to experience anything, anywhere, anytime. Learn more about PaleBlue

VR helps to intensify training, streamline workflow, & reduce cost by making it possible to experience anything, anywhere, anytime. Learn more about PaleBlue

Solidthinking

by Solidthinking

SolidThinking creates technology that helps our user community bring the most desirable products to their customers faster. Learn more about Solidthinking

SolidThinking creates technology that helps our user community bring the most desirable products to their customers faster. Learn more about Solidthinking

Powersim Studio

by Powersim Solutions

A fully-featured simulation model development environment. Helps you create models and perform simulation runs and analyses. Learn more about Powersim Studio

A fully-featured simulation model development environment. Helps you create models and perform simulation runs and analyses. Learn more about Powersim Studio

Creator

by Presagis

Create highly optimized high-fidelity real-time 3D content for use in visual and urban simulations. Learn more about Creator

Create highly optimized high-fidelity real-time 3D content for use in visual and urban simulations. Learn more about Creator

AutoTURN

by Transoft Solutions

Swept path analysis software made to analyze road and site design projects. Learn more about AutoTURN

Swept path analysis software made to analyze road and site design projects. Learn more about AutoTURN

C-Radiant

by Aechelon Technology

C-Radiant is Aechelon Technology's physics-based multi-sensor simulation solution. Learn more about C-Radiant

C-Radiant is Aechelon Technology's physics-based multi-sensor simulation solution. Learn more about C-Radiant

Enterprise Dynamics

by INCONTROL Simulation Solutions

Enterprise Dynamics® is a simulation software platform to design and implement simulation solutions in Industry, Logistics & Transport. Learn more about Enterprise Dynamics

Enterprise Dynamics® is a simulation software platform to design and implement simulation solutions in Industry, Logistics & Transport. Learn more about Enterprise Dynamics

ExtendSim

by Imagine That

ExtendSim simulation software helps guide decision making by simulating processes to graphically determine optimal configurations. Learn more about ExtendSim

ExtendSim simulation software helps guide decision making by simulating processes to graphically determine optimal configurations. Learn more about ExtendSim

GASP

by AeroSoft

Solves steady and unsteady 3-D, Reynolds-Averaged, Navier-Stokes Equations (RANS) and subsets Learn more about GASP

Solves steady and unsteady 3-D, Reynolds-Averaged, Navier-Stokes Equations (RANS) and subsets Learn more about GASP

LTE MAC Lab

by IS Wireless

LTE MAC Lab is an advanced HetNets system-level simulator supporting Carrier Aggregation. Learn more about LTE MAC Lab

LTE MAC Lab is an advanced HetNets system-level simulator supporting Carrier Aggregation. Learn more about LTE MAC Lab

MapleSim

by Waterloo Maple

MapleSim is an advanced physical modeling and simulation platform that reduces model development time and produces faster simulations. Learn more about MapleSim

MapleSim is an advanced physical modeling and simulation platform that reduces model development time and produces faster simulations. Learn more about MapleSim

Installed solution designed for the modeling and analysis of complex systems. Features include a model export function & import filter. Learn more about SimulationX

Installed solution designed for the modeling and analysis of complex systems. Features include a model export function & import filter. Learn more about SimulationX

SLM

by Simulia

Enables you to secure your simulation intellectual property and transform it into a valuable and controlled corporate asset. Learn more about SLM

Enables you to secure your simulation intellectual property and transform it into a valuable and controlled corporate asset. Learn more about SLM

Automation Studio

by Famic Technologies

An all-in-one software solution for the design and simulation of fluid power and automated systems. Learn more about Automation Studio

An all-in-one software solution for the design and simulation of fluid power and automated systems. Learn more about Automation Studio

HOMER Energy

by HOMER Energy

Distributed renewable energy systems design software for solar PV, wind, batteries, hydro, combined heat and power, biomass, etc. Learn more about HOMER Energy

Distributed renewable energy systems design software for solar PV, wind, batteries, hydro, combined heat and power, biomass, etc. Learn more about HOMER Energy

Mimic

by MYNAH Technologies

Fast, Easy, Flexible Dynamic Simulation for Life-Cycle Results Learn more about Mimic

Fast, Easy, Flexible Dynamic Simulation for Life-Cycle Results Learn more about Mimic

PowerFLOW

by Exa Corporation

Performs aerodynamic, aeroacoustic, and thermal management simulations that accurately predict real world conditions. Learn more about PowerFLOW

Performs aerodynamic, aeroacoustic, and thermal management simulations that accurately predict real world conditions. Learn more about PowerFLOW

Working Model 2D

by Design Simulation Technologies

Working Model 2D allows you to create simulations that replace vague, time consuming, inaccurate back of the envelope calculations. Learn more about Working Model 2D

Working Model 2D allows you to create simulations that replace vague, time consuming, inaccurate back of the envelope calculations. Learn more about Working Model 2D

6SigmaET

by 6SigmaET

6SigmaET is a thermal simulation tool designed specifically for the electronics industry. Predict thermal issues before prototyping. Learn more about 6SigmaET

6SigmaET is a thermal simulation tool designed specifically for the electronics industry. Predict thermal issues before prototyping. Learn more about 6SigmaET

ALSIM

by ESS Engineering Software Steyr

ALSIM defines the state-of-the-art in the disciplines from 3D pre-processing, automotive Paint Shop to general CFD applications. Learn more about ALSIM

ALSIM defines the state-of-the-art in the disciplines from 3D pre-processing, automotive Paint Shop to general CFD applications. Learn more about ALSIM

Capital SimProve

by Mentor Graphics

A fully rigorous sneak circuit detection tool. Learn more about Capital SimProve

A fully rigorous sneak circuit detection tool. Learn more about Capital SimProve

CoSimLab helps to setup and run co-simulations by defined signals for easy interpretation due to realistic demonstration. Learn more about CoSimLab

CoSimLab helps to setup and run co-simulations by defined signals for easy interpretation due to realistic demonstration. Learn more about CoSimLab

Optimize all machining processes in advance with 1:1 shop floor programming and collision avoidance simulation. Learn more about DMG MORI Virtual Machine

Optimize all machining processes in advance with 1:1 shop floor programming and collision avoidance simulation. Learn more about DMG MORI Virtual Machine

E-Hub

by Applied Computing & Engineering

A suite of modular packages that enable new users to use simulation and add functionality as their needs advance. Learn more about E-Hub

A suite of modular packages that enable new users to use simulation and add functionality as their needs advance. Learn more about E-Hub

EPCAD OPA

by Enterprise Design Labs

A multi- paradigm goal modeling environment for creating motivation and intention prescriptive models of social-technical systems. Learn more about EPCAD OPA

A multi- paradigm goal modeling environment for creating motivation and intention prescriptive models of social-technical systems. Learn more about EPCAD OPA

FEATool Multiphysics

by Precise Simulation

MATLAB Finite Element FEM toolboxes for easy simulation of structural mechanics and other multiphysics engineering problems. Learn more about FEATool Multiphysics

MATLAB Finite Element FEM toolboxes for easy simulation of structural mechanics and other multiphysics engineering problems. Learn more about FEATool Multiphysics

FieldView

by Intelligent Light

Powerful CFD post-processing software that quickly identifies important flow features and characteristics in your simulations. Learn more about FieldView

Powerful CFD post-processing software that quickly identifies important flow features and characteristics in your simulations. Learn more about FieldView

Control system development tool which enables integration of physical models through MATLAB and Simulink environments. Learn more about FMI Toolbox

Control system development tool which enables integration of physical models through MATLAB and Simulink environments. Learn more about FMI Toolbox

FORGE

by Transvalor

Simulation of hot and cold-forming processes: closed-die forging, open-die forging, rolling, sheet metal, heat treatment, and more. Learn more about FORGE

Simulation of hot and cold-forming processes: closed-die forging, open-die forging, rolling, sheet metal, heat treatment, and more. Learn more about FORGE

Web based software that allows you to develop scientific models of permafrost soil thermal regimes under the thermal influence. Learn more about Frost 3D Universal

Web based software that allows you to develop scientific models of permafrost soil thermal regimes under the thermal influence. Learn more about Frost 3D Universal

HAULSIM

by RPMGlobal

Mining simulation tool that provides fleet assets through operational plans, interactions, and representations. Learn more about HAULSIM

Mining simulation tool that provides fleet assets through operational plans, interactions, and representations. Learn more about HAULSIM

iMODELER

by Consideo

Visualizes and analyzes (qualitatively and quantitatively) interconnections behind all kind of complex challenges. Learn more about iMODELER

Visualizes and analyzes (qualitatively and quantitatively) interconnections behind all kind of complex challenges. Learn more about iMODELER

InSilicoTrials

by InSilicoTrials

InSilicoTrials works with Pharma & Medical Devices companies to create a secure cloud-based computational hub in an easy & cheap way Learn more about InSilicoTrials

InSilicoTrials works with Pharma & Medical Devices companies to create a secure cloud-based computational hub in an easy & cheap way Learn more about InSilicoTrials

ISG-virtuos specialises in simulating machines/plants/robots in hard realtime applying real fieldbusses and controls (no gateways req.) Learn more about ISG-virtuos

ISG-virtuos specialises in simulating machines/plants/robots in hard realtime applying real fieldbusses and controls (no gateways req.) Learn more about ISG-virtuos

Virtual construction management system that includes 3D simulation, quantity management, change orders, alerts, and more. Learn more about iTWO

Virtual construction management system that includes 3D simulation, quantity management, change orders, alerts, and more. Learn more about iTWO

IVRESS

by Advanced Science & Automation

Integrated virtual reality enviroment for synthesis and simulation. Learn more about IVRESS

Integrated virtual reality enviroment for synthesis and simulation. Learn more about IVRESS

MantiumFlow

by MantiumCAE

A CFD software made to automate CFD simulations to keep them simple, fast and reliable. Learn more about MantiumFlow

A CFD software made to automate CFD simulations to keep them simple, fast and reliable. Learn more about MantiumFlow

Machine design software that lets you easily model Cam and Servo based machines with many mechanism, motion, and material interactions. Learn more about MechDesigner

Machine design software that lets you easily model Cam and Servo based machines with many mechanism, motion, and material interactions. Learn more about MechDesigner

MIMIC SNMP Simulator

by Gambit Communications

MIMIC SNMP Agent Simulator creates a network of up to 100,000 SNMP manageable devices to test, demo and train on your management apps. Learn more about MIMIC SNMP Simulator

MIMIC SNMP Agent Simulator creates a network of up to 100,000 SNMP manageable devices to test, demo and train on your management apps. Learn more about MIMIC SNMP Simulator

MSC Apex

by MSC Software

MSC One let you take advantage of the breadth and depth of MSC Software's simulation portfolio. Learn more about MSC Apex

MSC One let you take advantage of the breadth and depth of MSC Software's simulation portfolio. Learn more about MSC Apex

Pedestrian Dynamics

by Pedestrian Dynamics

Designed for the creation and execution of large pedestrian simulation models in complex infrastructures. Learn more about Pedestrian Dynamics

Designed for the creation and execution of large pedestrian simulation models in complex infrastructures. Learn more about Pedestrian Dynamics

Pitch Visual OMT

by Pitch Technologies

A tool for creating and maintaining HLA 1516 Object models. Learn more about Pitch Visual OMT

A tool for creating and maintaining HLA 1516 Object models. Learn more about Pitch Visual OMT

Portus Platform

by Ostia Software Solutions

Makes big data available for cloud, social, and mobile applications and testing. Learn more about Portus Platform

Makes big data available for cloud, social, and mobile applications and testing. Learn more about Portus Platform

Accelerate process improvement while eliminating risk during design or changing manufacturing, logistics or other operational systems. Learn more about ProModel Optimization Suite

Accelerate process improvement while eliminating risk during design or changing manufacturing, logistics or other operational systems. Learn more about ProModel Optimization Suite

RT-LAB

by OPAL-RT Technologies

Real-time simulation solution that helps businesses create projects with remote access, dashboards, and data integration. Learn more about RT-LAB

Real-time simulation solution that helps businesses create projects with remote access, dashboards, and data integration. Learn more about RT-LAB

SALOME

by OPEN CASCADE

An open software framework used for modeling and simulating industrial equipment of nuclear plants. Learn more about SALOME

An open software framework used for modeling and simulating industrial equipment of nuclear plants. Learn more about SALOME

SAVE

by Phenomatics Virtual Reality Software

Fully interactive and immersive training simulation software for oil refinery operators. Learn more about SAVE

Fully interactive and immersive training simulation software for oil refinery operators. Learn more about SAVE

Simile

by Simulistics

Multi-paradigm GUI-based modelling and simulation software for complex dynamic systems in the earth, environmental and life sciences. Learn more about Simile

Multi-paradigm GUI-based modelling and simulation software for complex dynamic systems in the earth, environmental and life sciences. Learn more about Simile

Simulation Modeling

by Rapid Modeling Corporation

Simulation/predictive modeling tool for developing experimental computer models that are exact copies of an existing system. Learn more about Simulation Modeling

Simulation/predictive modeling tool for developing experimental computer models that are exact copies of an existing system. Learn more about Simulation Modeling

SimWalk

by SimWalk

Pedestrian simulation software for evaluating pedestrian and passenger efficiency and safety in transport, aviation, and traffic. Learn more about SimWalk

Pedestrian simulation software for evaluating pedestrian and passenger efficiency and safety in transport, aviation, and traffic. Learn more about SimWalk

SprutCAM

by SPRUT Technology

Comprises of a powerful machining simulation module, allowing to simulate the processing on any machine-tool. Learn more about SprutCAM

Comprises of a powerful machining simulation module, allowing to simulate the processing on any machine-tool. Learn more about SprutCAM

UberCloud

by TheUberCloud

Cloud platform that helps engineers to use their favorite simulation software on powerful cloud hardware. Learn more about UberCloud

Cloud platform that helps engineers to use their favorite simulation software on powerful cloud hardware. Learn more about UberCloud

UniSim Operations Suite

by Honeywell International

Competency tool that helps train process production operators through the presentation of operating scenarios in the training program. Learn more about UniSim Operations Suite

Competency tool that helps train process production operators through the presentation of operating scenarios in the training program. Learn more about UniSim Operations Suite

USIM PAC, the process engineer's toolbox - Design, monitor and optimize steady-state processes in a single software! Learn more about USIM PAC

USIM PAC, the process engineer's toolbox - Design, monitor and optimize steady-state processes in a single software! Learn more about USIM PAC

VABS

by AnalySwift

VABS, a versatile cross-sectional analysis tool, delivers 3D FEA results in seconds, not hours for composite blades (wind, helicopter). Learn more about VABS

VABS, a versatile cross-sectional analysis tool, delivers 3D FEA results in seconds, not hours for composite blades (wind, helicopter). Learn more about VABS

Radar Simulator. Features include front-end simulation and enabled back-end testing. Learn more about Virtual REX

Radar Simulator. Features include front-end simulation and enabled back-end testing. Learn more about Virtual REX

vsTASKER

by VirtualSim

Versatile real-time simulation software for defense and civilian industries, engineers, scientists and simulator manufacturers. Learn more about vsTASKER

Versatile real-time simulation software for defense and civilian industries, engineers, scientists and simulator manufacturers. Learn more about vsTASKER

WELSIM

by WelSimulation

On-premise engineering simulation software for research communities that provides an intuitive interface to conduct simulation studies. Learn more about WELSIM

On-premise engineering simulation software for research communities that provides an intuitive interface to conduct simulation studies. Learn more about WELSIM

Wisebatt

by Wisebatt

An usable simulation tool built specifically for electrical engineers. Learn more about Wisebatt

An usable simulation tool built specifically for electrical engineers. Learn more about Wisebatt

Multi-physics FEM simulation tool with built in geometry builder and mesher. Learn more about XienceSim

Multi-physics FEM simulation tool with built in geometry builder and mesher. Learn more about XienceSim

XVR Platform

by XVR Simulation

On-premise virtual reality training platform for incident response training and contingency planning. Learn more about XVR Platform

On-premise virtual reality training platform for incident response training and contingency planning. Learn more about XVR Platform

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What is Simulation Software?

Simulation software is used by engineers to imitate a real-world phenomenon before manufacturing the engineered product.


Simulation Software Buyers' Guide

1. What is simulation software?

Simulation software is used by engineers, scientists, designers, and mathematicians to imitate a real-world product or process using a set of formulas and models. It allows users to observe an operation through simulation without actually performing or developing it.

The software can be used to analyze any process during its prototype phase and study its outcome and behavior under different sets of parameters. The simulation technique is commonly used in two situations: when the uncertainty around the performance of a product in the real-world scenario is highly risky, and when manufacturers want to experiment with their product or process in a low-cost environment. 


2. The benefits of simulation software

  • Get practical feedback when designing a real-world system: With simulation software, designers can create and test the efficiency of a design before actually constructing it. It also gives them the freedom to easily change the shape, size, structure, or model of their design in the software. This helps to test the relative superiority of each design and finalize the most stable and efficient design before forwarding it to production.
  • Simulate real-world experiences: Simulation software includes tools and models to simulate a variety of real-world phenomena such as the impact of gravity, speed of light, and wind motion. This allows designers to digitally create environmental conditions and analyze their products against it.
  • Save money: Simulation results are generally highly accurate, which leads to the development of a great product, process, or operation with minimal changes during the production phase. It is more cost effective to change a virtually-designed product using simulation software than an already developed product. 

3. Typical features of simulation software

  • Reporting and analytics: Analyze data and report key information from the simulation process for documentation and presentation.
  • Mathematical modeling: Design and execute simulation workflows using mathematical formulas.
  • Direct manipulation: Enable human-machine interactions to represent objects of interest via physical, reversible, and incremental actions. 
  • 3D modeling: Develop mathematical representations of objects in three dimensions.
  • Dynamic modeling: Use simulation software to design models that display time-varying behavior.
  • Graphical modeling: Use simulation software to design models that express the conditional dependencies between two or more random variables. 

4. The cost of simulation software

Most products in the market are available for a one-time license fee and can be divided into three pricing tiers based on their starting price. 

Price ranges*:

  • $1,200 - $3,900
  • $3,900 - $5,700
  • $5,700+

*The pricing included is for the entry-level/lowest-pricing offering that was found on vendor websites on December 17, 2018. These ranges correspond to the 25th, 75th and 100th percentile of the pricing information gathered from the vendor websites of sample products. 

The above list summarizes pricing for the base plans of most products. An enterprise, or premium product, which is priced higher, may include some additional features such as advanced modeling, resource management, and activity-based costing. 


5. Considerations when purchasing simulation software

  • Define your project needs: Finding the right simulation software can be a daunting task. There are literally thousands of simulation systems for every type of process, technology, operation, and technique. It's up to users to find the right simulation tool that suits their needs. Before evaluating any simulation software, you should have a clear understanding of your goals and expectations from the software, including functionalities and techniques employed by the software.
  • Ask for a demo: Asking for a software trial or demo can help you fully evaluate the software before committing to a purchase. Ask questions about specific features and functionalities that you require for your projects. Check how intuitive is the software in terms of ease of use.

  • Simulation adoption is on the rise: Simulation process started as an advanced extension to computer-aided designing in manufacturing and the R&D sector. It is now growing rapidly in other sectors as well and is used for military training and combat expertise, medical research, aviation training, and more. We will see more use cases of imitating a real-world process in a digital experience through simulation in coming years.
  • Simulation software to integrate with 3D printers: Integrated 3D printing simulation software is gaining importance, especially in the manufacturing sector. Adapting to metal 3D printing can be a bit expensive and complex to learn. Using simulation software to learn 3D design processes can minimize the failure rate and optimize 3D production. This becomes more relevant when the parts to be printed are very complex and the designer needs to check the efficiency of different parts. Simulation software can test each part under a number of parameters and help finalize the most optimized design to print. 

Sources

Products evaluated for the pricing calculation were taken from Capterra's directory. The pricing ranges exclude freemium versions of the products. The features highlighted were identified based on their relevance and the percentage of products in Capterra's directory that offer them.

The following sources were used for this document:

  1. Top 5 Tech Trends for Small Business, Capterra (Date accessed: August 20, 2018)
  2. 5 Things to Look For When Buying Construction 3D Modeling Software, Capterra (Date accessed: December 14, 2018)
  3. Simulation Software Industry 2019 Global Industry Trends, Size, Share, Segments, Leading Growth Drivers, Emerging Audience, Competitive Landscape and Historical Analysis Forecast to 2023, MarketWatch (Date accessed: January 18, 2019)
  4. Simulation in 3D Printing, 3D Hubs (Date accessed: January 18, 2019)
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