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Explore the differences between Autodesk Nastran In-CAD software, Simulation Mechanical, and Inventor Professional software.

Products Inventor Professional 2017
Inventor Professional*
Nastran In-CAD 2017
Autodesk Nastran In-CAD*
Simulation Mechanical 2017
Simulation Mechanical
CAD MODEL/INTEGRATIONS
Embed into Inventor
Embed into SOLIDWORKS
CAD file translators
Associativity with Inventor
Associativity with SOLIDWORKS
Associativity with Pro/Engineer and Creo
Associativity with SpaceClaim
Associativity with Rinoceros
PREPROCESSING
Direct modeling with SimStudio Tools
Defeaturing with SimStudio Tools
Parametric design studies for Inventor models
Extensive materials library
2D, beam, and plate modeling
Automatic surface meshing
Automatic Tetrahedral meshing
Automatic Hexa-dominant meshing
Automatic midplane meshing
Pressure vessel design and meshing
CONTACT MODELING
Rigid bonding
Welded contact
Surface contact with friction
Sliding contact without separation
Separation contact without sliding
Shrink fit contact (with or without sliding)
Thermal contact (with or without resistance)
HEAT TRANSFER
Steady-state heat transfer
Transient heat transfer
LINEAR STRUCTURAL
Static stress
Fatigue
Natural frequency (modal)
Modal with load stiffening
Response spectrum
Random vibration
Frequency response
Transient stress (modal superposition/direct integration)
Critical buckling load
Dynamic design analysis method
NONLINEAR STRUCTURAL
Large displacement
Nonlinear material models
Flexible and rigid-body motion
Nonlinear buckling
Dynamic nonlinear analysis (MES)
MULTIPHYSICS
Thermal-structural coupling
Fluid-thermal coupling**
Fluid-structural coupling
Electrostatics-structural
Electrostatics-thermal (joule-heating effect)
CFD interoperability
Moldflow interoperability
POST-PROCESSING
Contour display
Vector display
Isoline and isosurface display
Custom result types
Stress linearization
Slice planes
Mirror planes
3D visualization for 2D, plate, and beam
Customizable presentations
Animations
Image and CSV file export
Custom reporting (PDF, HTML, Word)
GENERAL
Parallel Windows solvers
Vault data management interoperability
Showcase interoperability
Recurdyn interoperability
Topology optimization
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 *Some features in these products offer partial capability.

 **Simulation Mechanical uses the fluid results from CFD to perform coupled fluid/thermal analysis. However, CFD can perform this analysis by itself.