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Explore the differences between Autodesk Nastran In-CAD software, Simulation Mechanical, and Inventor Professional software.
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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 Rhinoceros
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
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)
Steady-state heat transfer
Transient heat transfer
Natural frequency (modal)
Modal with load stiffening
Transient stress (modal superposition/direct integration)
Critical buckling load
Dynamic design analysis method
Nonlinear material models
Flexible and rigid-body motion
Dynamic nonlinear analysis (MES)
Electrostatics-thermal (joule-heating effect)
Simulation Mechanical uses the fluid results from CFD to perform coupled fluid/thermal analysis. However, CFD can perform this analysis by itself.
Isoline and isosurface display
Custom result types
3D visualization for 2D, plate, and beam
Image and CSV file export
Custom reporting (PDF, HTML, Word)
Parallel Windows solvers
Vault data management interoperability
Some features in these products offer partial capability.
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