SimScale

Cloud-based CFD, FEA and thermal simulation via web browser.

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SimScale Overview

What is SimScale?

SimScale is a cloud-based solution for computational fluid dynamics (CFD), finite element analysis (FEA) and thermal simulation that works end-to-end in a standard web browser. From CAD upload and meshing to simulation setup and post-processing, the entire process for virtual testing a design happens online, with no installation required.

Fluid flow simulations allow for laminar and turbulent modeling, mass transport plus support for multi-phase, steady-state or transient setups. FEA provides linear, nonlinear, static dynamic, modal and frequency analysis when testing for stress, while a thermodynamics analysis can predict model behaviors under the effects of extreme temperatures.

Aside from its rich graphical rendering and modeling environment, SimScale also provides access to a wider public community. Simulate, share and collaborate within a user base of over 150,000 engineering professionals, leveraging existing public templates to create new simulation projects.

SimScale Overview

Pricing

Starting from
N/A

Pricing options

Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

FREE 14-day trial available

Price provided on demand

Additional costs include SimScale Professional Training, Proof of Concept, SimScale Coaching and extra Core Hours.


SimScale Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 others, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico
Supported Languages
English

Media

Wind comfort simulation with SimScale CFD
Fluid flow simulation of pedestrian wind comfort in an urban area with SimScale
Thermal analysis for electronics cooling application with SimScale
Integration with cloud-based 3D CAD modeling software Onshape (www.onshape.com)
Conjugate heat transfer simulation of a heat exchanger with SimScale
Structural analysis of the engine bracket of an aircraft engine with SimScale FEA
Screenshot of the SimScale platform after the upload of an electronics enclosure CAD model
Thermal analysis of an electronics enclosure with SimScale
Cloud-based CAE platform that enables users to seamlessly simulate, share, and collaborate in a centralized workspace
The software provides access to sophisticated Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation capabilities
SimScale video SimScale video SimScale video SimScale screenshot: Wind comfort simulation with SimScale CFD SimScale screenshot: Fluid flow simulation of pedestrian wind comfort in an urban area with SimScale SimScale screenshot: Thermal analysis for electronics cooling application with SimScale SimScale screenshot: Integration with cloud-based 3D CAD modeling software Onshape (www.onshape.com) SimScale screenshot: Conjugate heat transfer simulation of a heat exchanger with SimScale SimScale screenshot: Structural analysis of the engine bracket of an aircraft engine with SimScale FEA SimScale screenshot: Screenshot of the SimScale platform after the upload of an electronics enclosure CAD model SimScale screenshot: Thermal analysis of an electronics enclosure with SimScale SimScale screenshot: Cloud-based CAE platform that enables users to seamlessly simulate, share, and collaborate in a centralized workspace SimScale screenshot: The software provides access to sophisticated Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation capabilities

SimScale Reviews

SimScale Reviews

Overall rating
4,5
/
5
Excellent
54

Very good
37

Average
6

Poor
1

Terrible
0

Value for Money
4,5
Features
4,2
Ease of Use
4,2
Customer Support
4,6
93% recommended this app
Paras G.

Detailed & Easy


Michael H.

Easy to learn, even without previous FEA experience

I am an electrical engineer by training and don't routinely use FEA software in my current role. However, I had a problem that needed solving, no access to any other FEA packages, so I found SimScale. I probably won't be able to justify a fully licensed version, but the learning opportunity alone on the trial version is well worth your time investment.

The ease of use and how quickly I was able to run a basic simulation was amazing. Even importing geometry was easy.

Also very helpful is the ability to see how your solution is converging (or not). With that data you can make assessments about time step, mesh resolution, etc. It makes striking a balance between accuracy and computational intensity much easier to judge.


Zandrich M.

Convenience - and Beyond

All members of the team operating SimScale routinely agree that SimScale is their default, the first and final choice.


Mark H.

CFD + Customer Service need work


Alberto jose M.

Great general purpose CFD for beginners but lacking some features required by advanced users

It is a great choice to start tackling CFD, it is quite good in pricing and capabilities for a CFD beginner or even for a medium-experienced one.

However, it lacks some developed tools required to manage complex simulations (which require more developed and powerful pre- and postprocessing tools)


Paras G.
Industry: Printing
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Detailed & Easy

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2019/07/27
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

I am an OpenFOAM user and I like the freedom it gives the user to play with the parameters. SimScale offers the same level of freedom but with an interface that's simple and effortless to handle. Since it is cloud-based there isn't any need to download it and even the free version provides a lot of computing hours.

Cons

I am still exploring the software and have enjoyed every bit of it. I would appreciate if the tutorials emphasize more on the values used while mesh refining as well as Numerics and Simulation Control.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Michael H.
Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees

Easy to learn, even without previous FEA experience

Used Weekly for Free Trial
Reviewed on 2019/07/26
Review Source: Capterra

I am an electrical engineer by training and don't routinely use FEA software in my current role. However, I had a problem that needed solving, no access to any other FEA packages, so I found SimScale. I probably won't be able to justify a fully licensed version, but the learning opportunity alone on the trial version is well worth your time investment.

The ease of use and how quickly I was able to run a basic simulation was amazing. Even importing geometry was easy.

Also very helpful is the ability to see how your solution is converging (or not). With that data you can make assessments about time step, mesh resolution, etc. It makes striking a balance between accuracy and computational intensity much easier to judge.

Pros

The online tutorials made this software very easy to gain a basic proficiency very quickly. The menu layout makes it easy to set simulation parameters and reduces the chance of missing something that will negatively impact the accuracy of your simulation.

Cons

So far I've found nothing that I don't like.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Zandrich M.
Industry: Computer & Network Security
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Convenience - and Beyond

Used Weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2020/11/26
Review Source: Capterra

All members of the team operating SimScale routinely agree that SimScale is their default, the first and final choice.

Pros

Our use of SimScale was, in every respect, the product of an unforeseen use-case - and it happened to have a positive impact on our company. What was, initially, an uninformed purchase we simply had to make in order to facilitate the very specific needs of a client on short notice, resulted in the establishment of a team dedicated to SimScale - which has in the last eight months almost doubled its value over its set budget earlier this year. There was an instance where we required strictly thermal simulations to be conducted to specific criteria - something we had never done before, let alone knew was included in the functionality of SimScale - thankfully, a professional we had hired in an attempt to cement the contract kindly pointed out it was already available, he just needed the helm in order to put his skills to use - on the very day he was hired. Although use of SimScale is restricted to a single team, I've not received anything other than praise for the suite and services. I have no doubt that SimScale is the standard in all fields where these simulations are routinely conducted.

Cons

We had minor difficulty making use of the software, but this was because of lack of experience on our end, rather than a flaw on the end of SimScale.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Mark H.
Company size: 11-50 Employees

CFD + Customer Service need work

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2017/07/10
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

Speed
Ease of use/understanding
Complete control; SimScale has built-in options that allows more advanced users better control
Customer support responds quickly

Cons

I worked on a project evaluating SimScale for use in a professional setting and the software was unable to provide accurate results for a simple CFD simulation that I worked on with customer support for quite some time. They were responsive, but seemingly unable to find any issue with my solution that would only converge with unreliable results, if at all. Soon, they stopped responding. It just looks like the implementation of OpenFoam for CFD and the support staff are not at the level they need to be for SimScale to work for us right now. Hopefully things will improve in the future!

Response from SimScale

Dear Mark,

Thanks a lot for your feedback! I am sorry to hear that you didn¿t have a positive support experience. We treat the success of our customers as our success. So we aim at answering all user questions with effective solutions that help them get the job done faster. It seems like we didn¿t achieve that in your case. After a review of the support logs, it looks like this is what happened: Our support team answered via the live chat but you were already offline. Then the automatic follow-up email that is sent in case a user doesn¿t read the chat message wasn't sent out. This is currently being investigated to ensure it doesn¿t happen in the future.

In case you¿re willing to give SimScale a second chance, our support team would love to help you be successful with your next CFD project. If there is anything in addition we can do to help remedy your experience, feel free to reach out to me directly.

All the best,

David Heiny
Managing Director and Co-Founder of SimScale

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 3.0/10

Alberto jose M.
Industry: Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
Company size: Self Employed

Great general purpose CFD for beginners but lacking some features required by advanced users

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/11/20
Review Source: Capterra

It is a great choice to start tackling CFD, it is quite good in pricing and capabilities for a CFD beginner or even for a medium-experienced one.

However, it lacks some developed tools required to manage complex simulations (which require more developed and powerful pre- and postprocessing tools)

Pros

The escalability (so you can launch lots of simulations simoultaneously) and not having to invest in hardware costs

Cons

The features available for postprocessing and meshing, which are very limited.

For meshing the main problem is the lack of better tools to manage geometric primitives so you can control the mesh.

For postprocessing the problem is having to know what results you need to extract before knowing the solution to your flowfield.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

User recommendation
8,7/10
Based on 98 user ratings
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SimScale Pricing

SimScale Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

FREE 14-day trial available

Price provided on demand

Additional costs include SimScale Professional Training, Proof of Concept, SimScale Coaching and extra Core Hours.

FREE 14-day trial available

Price provided on demand

Additional costs include SimScale Professional Training, Proof of Concept, SimScale Coaching and extra Core Hours.

Value for Money
4,5/5
Based on 98 user ratings
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SimScale Features

SimScale Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Audit Trail
Auditing
Automatic Notifications
Billing & Invoicing
Compliance Management
Customizable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Document Management
Document Storage
Inventory Management
Inventory Tracking
Monitoring
Real Time Data
Real Time Reporting
Reporting & Statistics
Third Party Integration
Workflow Management
Features
4,2/5
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Additional information for SimScale

Additional information for SimScale

Key features of SimScale

  • 3D simulation
  • AES Encrypted Storage
  • Aerodynamics simulation
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Continuous modeling
  • Design analysis
  • Design management
  • Dynamic modeling
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Interactive result comparison
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Motion modeling
  • Publicly Available Simulation Templates
  • Simulation
  • Thermal analysis
  • Thermodynamics
  • Turbulence modeling
  • Visualization
  • Wind modeling

Benefits

  • No Investment in Special Hardware: Being a cloud-based solution, SimScale saves you over $30,000 that you would need to invest into on-premises hardware. Simulation is now possible 100% online.
  • No Installation and No Maintenance Required: You only need a standard laptop or PC and Internet connection to run complex fluid flow or structural simulations. SimScale takes care of software updates and you are always using the most recent version.
  • Seamless Collaboration: Global teams can easily collaborate on their simulation projects in real time, online.
  • Easy Setup: On-premises simulation tools are usually complex and difficult to learn. SimScale focuses on ease of use. In addition, with the help of ready-to-use simulation templates in the Public Projects Library, you don't have to start an analysis from scratch.
  • World-class Support: The SimScale support team has received countless reviews and is considered one of the main factors that sets it apart from competition. Our experienced team of engineers is happy to answer any of your questions in real time via email, phone, or chat.
  • From Weeks to Minutes: The benefits of the cloud include the possibility of running multiple simulations at the same time. As your PC is not blocked when running an FEA or CFD analysis, with SimScale you can test multiple design versions in parallel and quickly identify the best one. Even for complex CAD models, the access to up to 96 core-machines makes things much easier.
  • All-in-One: SimScale includes various analysis types, all in one platform: computational fluid dynamics simulations, finite element analyses and thermal/heat transfer simulations.
  • SimScale FAQs

    SimScale FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for SimScale.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does SimScale offer?

    SimScale offers the following pricing plans:

    Pricing model: Free, Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    FREE 14-day trial available Price provided on demand Additional costs include SimScale Professional Training, Proof of Concept, SimScale Coaching and extra Core Hours.

    Q. What are the main features of SimScale?

    SimScale offers the following features:

    • 3D simulation
    • AES Encrypted Storage
    • Aerodynamics simulation
    • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
    • Continuous modeling
    • Design analysis
    • Design management
    • Dynamic modeling
    • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
    • Interactive result comparison
    • Mathematical modeling
    • Motion modeling
    • Publicly Available Simulation Templates
    • Simulation
    • Thermal analysis
    • Thermodynamics
    • Turbulence modeling
    • Visualization
    • Wind modeling

    Q. Who are the typical users of SimScale?

    SimScale has the following typical customers:

    Small Business, Large Enterprises, Freelancers, Mid Size Business

    Q. What languages does SimScale support?

    SimScale supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. What type of pricing plans does SimScale offer?

    SimScale has the following pricing plans:

    Free, Subscription

    Q. Does SimScale support mobile devices?

    We do not have any information about what devices SimScale supports

    Q. What other apps does SimScale integrate with?

    SimScale integrates with the following applications:

    Onshape

    Q. What level of support does SimScale offer?

    SimScale offers the following support options:

    Online Support, Phone Support, Knowledge Base, Forum, Video Tutorials, FAQs