SimScale

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SimScale is revolutionizing the computer-aided engineering sector by providing access to engineering simulation 100% via your web browser and to one of the largest CAE communities in the world. The SimScale web-based platform enables engineering professionals to perform CFD, FEA, Thermodynamics, Acoustics and Particle Analyses, making simulation technology accessible to everyone.

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SimScale review by Darren L.
Darren L.
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"Great software and fantastic support."

What do you like best?

I have access to many of the features I need in a CFD package, all from within the browser. But SimScale isn't just a great CAE package but is a great community and education resource. SimScale regularly conducts webinars on how to use its product in many industries, and also a community forum for discussion. SimScale staff are very close to their user base and regularly comment and interact in the forum. Regardless of the topic or complexity, there will always be someone with an answer.

CAE packages are normally not very easy to navigate and are overly complex. SimScale, however, is neat and intuitive. The user is initially presented with a dashboard of all the user's projects, within these project there are three main tabs. The tabs are in a logical order from preprocessing, sim design then post-processing. within each of these tabs is a tree containing each geometry, mesh or simulation each containing branches for setup. If you have forgotten to do something within a branch (we have all been there right?!) then it sticks out like a sore thumb as a big red ring, and if all criteria are met for a branch it is a green ring. The user can then fire of a simulation run, which is a snapshot of settings and results, the user may then make modifications to the setup and fire another run off.

When the results come back the user can choose to either post-process the results from right within the browser or they can download the results and post-process in Paraview. The user can also download a CSV of results from control items (such as force coefficients).

What do you dislike?

SimScale are starting from scratch, which is, on one hand, good but it lacks a few features that some more advanced users may require. That said there is rapid growth, and staff monitor the forums for feature priority and ideas constantly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend that if you are reading this at least sign up for a free community account and give it a go.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a student and a mac user my choice of CAE engineering software is pretty restricted and as a student my CFD knowledge was limited. SimScale solved both these problems and I feel that no other community would have given me the knowledge I have now in this amount of time. I have since used other simulation packages but none feel as intuitive in my opinion.

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SimScale review by Ajay B. H.
Ajay B. H.
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"A great platform with huge potential"

What do you like best?

I liked their working interface and the fact that I do not need to use any of my personal computing resources. I can directly submit jobs to the cloud and would be intimated over email when the job is finished.

In addition, I work across different platforms (Mac-Windows-Linux). Using a browser to setup simulations is extremely cool & really helpful

What do you dislike?

As an academic user, I would like to freedom to try advanced models beyond what the boxes provide. This is something that I feel is a shortcoming. I also use other softwares like Abaqus & FEAP. FEAP is a open-source software. Abaqus is commercial. Both these allow for user elements and materials. As a material scientist, I find this extremely useful and necessary.

Of course, I understand that SimScale is not presently meant for such usage. But I hope that they would facilitate this in the coming future

Recommendations to others considering the product

SimScale is a great platform with wonderful potential. The people at the company with whom I have interacted are really nice & I am extremely confident that they will take the company in the right direction. I strongly wish them all the very best. I will look forward to increasing our collaboration in the coming future.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My primary area of research is in contact and fracture. I am also working with a start-up on composite materials. These are not the features that are supported by SimScale at the moment.

With SimScale, I am trying to develop simple simulation examples and tools that can be used for teaching purposes. The biggest benefit is that I can run on any platform & use Paraview conveniently to create nice animations that can help learning more fun & comprehensive.

What Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) solution do you use?

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SimScale review by Guillermo G.
Guillermo G.
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"Direct access to simulation computing power"

What do you like best?

I like the best the instant access to big computational power for Finite Elements and CFD analysis. Even on the free account, which demands your projects to be public, you can run simulations as big as 10 million CFD cells, on the cloud and without using any local resource, just an interface through your web browser. Also there is a really great community where one can learn from tutorials and public projects, ask questions and interchange opinions on simulation topics and specific problems.

What do you dislike?

Still missing some crucial simulation functionality (such as finite elements structural models), but as stated by the company, this is coming. Also having a slow/intermittent internet connection can have a negative impact to productivity. Companies with restricted web access might not be able to use the platform.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A must try for every simulation engineer, this is what could based engineering and simulation is all about.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Until now on evaluation and test projects, also learning and interacting with the community. Benefits are the direct access to computational power otherwise expensive and always sub-utilized, and the community support.

SimScale review by Mario L.
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"Engineering in the Cloud!"

What do you like best?

For many years I've told and by experience that CAE software requires a lot of space and resources, this means you need a reasonable decent computer if you want to run large simulations, well, with Simscale I can run the same large simulations even from a tablet!

What do you dislike?

Just happened to me once and was for a very short period of time, when the servers goes offline or you have issues because something in the server side, it was quickly solved and because the nature of Simscale been in servers I'm surprised about the availability of it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Aside of the thousands! saved over a conventional Engineering Software, you don have to have a high performance machine, you can run several simulations at the same time without the necessity of computers turned on, you get an email when any simulation finishes and you have the team of Simscale willing to help you in anything. :)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Currently I'm teaching Engineering at University level and Simscale is the best option ever for software engineering, my students can signup for free and do their homework at home!, just with the access to a web browser, and also I can review their progress at the same time, this is highly valuable!.

SimScale review by Aravind S.
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"Reproduction is exceptionally educational with Simscale "

What do you like best?

I like that Simscale is based on officially great open source programming openFOAM enabling the designers to incorporate new highlights and redesigns effectively. It permits customization from client level and distribute the forks to the group.

What do you dislike?

There are a considerable measure of bugs and this should be settled. I frequently need to restart the program as it is stuck and this outcomes in information misfortune.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I did warm recreation on the motor complex to call attention to the strain focuses and increment the thickness of the material utilized.

SimScale review by Andrew H.
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"I moved from Openfoam to Simscale"

What do you like best?

The compatibility is the primary reason everyone should opt for this software. It integration with other CAE programs only adds the value and brings the best as a package.

What do you dislike?

Recreation programming turns out to be exceedingly mind boggling because of the association between various physical models, arrangement methodologies, and solver settings. This prompts advancement bottlenecks and challenges in testing and approval.

Recommendations to others considering the product

With more engineers and creators depending on SimScale for their simulation needs with various solvers. It is an effective program, with a lot of highlights to browse and a CAE community wherein everybody can team up and share their work with their verisons.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Since it is based on open-source openfoam program all the upgrades are publicly available and can be modified to users content.

SimScale review by Abhishek V.
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"Amazing Cloud based Simulations Platform"

What do you like best?

Simscale is pretty great! You have access to large simulation power, hard drive storage power and that too for free. It is easy to use and also has large amount of documentation. The best thing about SimScale has been its staff! The staff is really helpful. The staff was always ready to help whenever I had any problem. There is also an amazing forum with lot of knowledge. SimScale supports lot of CFD tools like various fluid models, turbulence models, passive - scalar transport, various numerical scheme. I am student and I am still learning CFD and SimScale has given a great insight into CFD.

What do you dislike?

It lacks some features especially relating to the geometrical screen but it is adopting them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Overall, I will say that it is an amazing product with a lot of amazing people behind!!

SimScale review by Vijay S.
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"Ease and ramp-up on the platform"

What do you like best?

It takes the minimum time to set up a simulation on Simscale comparing any other product in the market.

Extremely useful to quickly prototype simulation for various parameters?

Simulation data can be stored in the cloud. A great reduction in the IT infrastructure/human-resource for the SMEs.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes pre-processing takes a lot of time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Simscale allows you to have simulation data stored in the cloud. This can be a major benefit for all the companies who struggle to manage this data in-house saving overhead for IT infrastructure and human resource.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I didn't solve any business problem but tried some sample projects on the platform. I had worked and is using Wolfram Modeller, Solidworks, Catia, Ansys, Rhinoceros, Autodesk and CFD softwares. It was also very diffcult to setup simulation on those platforms. Simscale has reduced that barrier for everyone to quickly ramp and prototype a simulation.

SimScale review by Oscar C.
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"Great Cloud-based Affordable CAE tool"

What do you like best?

- It can be used from anywhere.

- The staff and community are a great support.

- Can be used for free - GUI for OpenFoam

- Great tutorials for different very interesting applications

- Compatible with some other cloud based CAD software

- Good meshing tools

What do you dislike?

- Still being developed, new features are added all the time

- Requires internet

- It does not include CAD design tools

- Not widely known yet, so there are not as many validation cases for specific scenarios (although there are several validation cases in their documentation).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure to see their video tutorials.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Water cooling problems, aerodynamic analysis, structural problems, ambient cooling, leak propagation, etc. Optimization of design based on feedback.

SimScale review by Christopher S.
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"Low-level user of trial version"

What do you like best?

Access to many different physics types. Entirely cloud-based.

What do you dislike?

Entirely separated from originating CAD.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Simscale was the first entirely Web-based multiphysics simulation provider. In that regards, the bumps and turns in the road have been paved by them. In other regards, being Web-based they can and should continue the development of the toolsets keeping in mind that ease-of-use is paramount. That said, any novice user of higher-ended codes (such as ANSYS or COMSOL) should have no difficulty navigating the structural and fluid tools of Simscale.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Checking out web-base options in comparison to traditional desktop solutions. Overall cost of ownership could be less for a solution like Simscale.

SimScale review by Raja Aravind Reddy M.
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"Simulation is very informative with Simscale"

What do you like best?

I like that Simscale is built on already good open source software openFOAM allowing the developers to include new features and upgrades easily. It allows customization from user level and publish the forks to the community.

What do you dislike?

There are a lot of bugs and this needs to be fixed. I often have to restart the program as it is stuck and this results in data loss.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I did thermal simulation on the engine manifold to point out the strain points and increase the thickness of the material used.

SimScale review by John D.
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"SimScale is best"

What do you like best?

I like the fact that SimScale is opensource. Every new implementation is an open idea and can upgraded, publish, tweaks, which only makes the this software even more productive for the Analysis.

What do you dislike?

The solvers it provide very specific to domain of use. The compatibility issues still prevail.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used Simscale in CFD analysis for a valve action on the heat flow control system.

SimScale review by Jaya sahitya B.
Jaya sahitya B.
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"Control Prototyping "

What do you like best?

Wiring a macro is easy and Very basic but one would understand in a better way what happens inside the software

What do you dislike?

Here we can’t give any load conditions or boundary conditions and also we have to depend on other tool for preprocessing

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A comprehensive modeling, simulation and computational implementation of buck converter using Simscale. It was way faster.

SimScale review by User in Higher Education
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"One of the best CFD online tool"

What do you like best?

The website simulation is very useful for the wide range of application in the real engineering problems.

What do you dislike?

Nothing. Sometimes, without the connection, it is really hard but it is not fault the software and SimScale.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Because my work is based on CFD simulation on the OpenFOAM sofware package I really appreciate for that oppurtunity for simulation with SimScale.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Because my work is based on CFD simulation on the OpenFOAM sofware package I really appreciate for that oppurtunity for simulation with SimScale. I am focused on the CFD/CAA application.

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