Getting Started with Engineering Simulation in 5 Steps

Simulation used to be reserved for companies with very large product development budgets and engineering departments. However, with basic technology and pervasive global internet access, now anyone with a web browser can try 3D engineering simulation/ CAE. Here are five easy steps to get started:

Create an account on and access the SimScale platform

All users can sign up for a two-week professional trial period, and students can sign up for free access through our SimScale Academic Program. For inspiration, visit the SimScale project library where you can choose from more than 200 existing simulation projects to help you get started.

Upload a CAD file and create a mesh with it – with 3D visualization at every step

Thousands of free CAD files are accessible on different sites like

Choose an analysis type and model your technical application

Select from structural mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, acoustic or particle simulation.

Start your engineering simulation on the hardware of your choice

You can select the actual number of computing cores to run your simulation on.

Analyze the results inside the online post-processing environment

Dramatically reduce the product development time with engineering simulation!

How to simulate with SimScale - Engineering simulation

If you choose to simulate with the SimScale simulation tool, you don’t need to purchase any additional hardware or install any software. Our platform is available anywhere, anytime, and you pay only for the computing capacity that you need. In fact, we have users in 190 countries already. Sign up and try browser-based simulation today!

More tips and updated written and video tutorials are available at SimScale’s documentation page at

Also, this article gives more tips on how not to give up when running a large-scale simulation. If you are new to engineering simulation/ CAE, check out the tutorials we have prepared for you and the recordings of the past workshops.

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