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Finite Element Analysis

Simulation Mechanical software helps engineers easily set up advanced simulations with Finite Element Analysis, including Mechanical Event Simulation (MES), Autodesk Nastran FEA solver software, multiphysics simulations, multiCAD format support, cloud-solving options, and composites.


When you buy a perpetual license with Maintenance Subscription, you get the latest releases, 1-on-1 web and phone support, and home use licensing.

 Cloud service available with the purchase of a Simulation Mechanical Flex license.

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User efficiency

  • New

    Geometry preparation with SimStudio Tools

    Modify, simplify, repair, and idealize CAD for FEA.

  • New

    Interoperability with Inventor

    Seamlessly share CAD and FEA data.

  • New

    MultiCAD import

    Exchange data to improve design decisions.

  • Easy-to-use interface

    Visualize and report results. (video: 3:00 min.)

  • Flexible cloud solving options

    Solve locally or in the cloud. (video: 1:55 min.)

    Cloud service
  • Material library

    Access thousands of linear and nonlinear materials.

Finite element creation & analysis

  • Automatic meshing

    Generate meshes on CAD geometry and 2D outlines. (video: 2:50 min.)

  • Structured meshing

    Control size, shape, and quality of model elements. (video: 3:47 min.)

  • Mixed model support

    Combine multiple element types in a single model.

  • Pressure vessel

    Create pressure vessels and associated components. (video: 1:37 min.)

  • Composite parts definition

    Address layer-by-layer properties. (video: 1:14 min.)

  • Autodesk Nastran solver

    Run more accurate simulations. (video: 2:02 min.)

Mechanical analysis

  • Wide range of analysis types

    Simulate vibration, thermal effects, and more.

  • Nonlinear structural analysis

    Determine when to run a nonlinear analysis. (video: 2:26 min.)

  • Vibration analysis

    Identify linear and nonlinear vibrations issues. (video: 4:31 min.)

  • Mechanical Event Simulation (MES)

    Analyze events caused by motion, predict stresses. (video: 1:11 min.)

  • Thermal analysis

    Analyze thermal heat transfer. (video: 3:34 min.)

  • Fatigue simulation

    Determine the fatigue life of assemblies. (video: 1:11 min.)

  • Parametric design study

    Analyze multiple versions of an Inventor CAD model. (video: 2:09 min.)

  • Drop test analysis

    Use an intuitive interface for drop test scenarios. (video: 2:48 min.)

  • Design optimization

    Determine optimal design automatically. (video: 3:09 min.)

  • Dynamic Design Analysis Method (DDAM)

    Analyze marine shock response. (video: 2:11 min.)


  • Combine analysis types

    Run multiphysics simulations. (video: 3:15 min.)

  • CFD interoperability

    Account for flow-based thermal and pressure load. (video: 58 sec.)

  • Moldflow interoperability

    Simulate with manufactured material properties. (video: 50 sec.)

Simulation results & data management

  • New

    Stress linearization

    Comply with ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.

  • Factor of safety

    Analyze and output the factor of safety. (video: 2:55 min.)

  • Detailed reports

    Quickly create detailed reports.

  • Vault integration

    Manage data with search and revision control. (video: 1:04 min.)

  • Advanced visualization

    Create high-end visualization results.