Why a SimScale Professional Plan Subscription Is Worth It
The SimScale platform was designed to democratize Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE). That means making virtual prototyping accessible to every engineer and designer in the world independant of their budget or know-how, and as such enabling them to build better products faster and more cost-efficiently. Our diverse user community includes beginners, hobbyists and young entrepreneurs — anyone who is enthusiastic about simulation. The pricing system reflects that as well: unlike most traditional CAE software solutions, SimScale offers a Community Plan completely free of charge, in addition to its Professional Plan and Enterprise package.
So Why Should You Upgrade to a Professional Plan?
If you are an individual product designer, you have two subscription options to choose from — the Community Plan intended for your hobby projects, and the Professional Plan for your primary work. Both grant you access to the full set of SimScale’s simulation features and functionalities and include 3000 core hours annually to run your projects — however there are several important differences that a serious designer cannot neglect.
Let’s consider them in more detail.
Unlike those under the Community Plan, users with a Professional Plan subscription can keep their projects private, allowing only you or (those you choose to share them with) to view and modify them. For someone who simply wants to learn and experiment this may not make a significant difference, but if you are designing a new product in a competitive industry, keeping your work confidential becomes crucial. SimScale employs one of the world’s strictest data privacy standards and encryption techniques to protect your sensitive CAD and result data — but it’s only meaningful if your project is private. To stay ahead in an increasingly innovative market one cannot afford to put their inventive designs out there and hope they won’t get noticed and imitated, making the Professional Plan the logical choice for product designers. The open source nature of the Community Plan, on the other hand, is ideal for students and hobbyists who can practice and enhance their CAE skills by copying and learning from other users’ projects and contribute to the overall knowledge exchange by sharing their own work with others.
Access to professional training (April Offer)
To help our users get started with our tool and get productive results as soon as possible, SimScale offers a comprehensive professional training course. The course is intended for professional product designers and those who hope to become one. This month, for every new Professional Plan subscription, the Professional Training is free of charge, while a Community Plan user has to pay a €500 registration fee.
“Introduction to SimScale for Professionals” is more than a simple tutorial you find on YouTube — it is a training in the true sense of the word. It is highly interactive with professional trainers ready to share their expertise and support you every step of the way. The three different course tracks which include Structural Mechanics / FEA, Fluid Flow / CFD, and Thermal Analysis provide our users with a comprehensive understanding of the main CAE methods used in the industry. After completing all lectures and assignments, participants have the option to take an exam and receive a certificate proving his competence in the chosen track. The course is held online with a flexible on-demand learning infrastructure that allows you to work at your own pace and invest time only when you choose to.
Support from a dedicated engineering team
Even the most experienced product designer who has completed the Professional Training can run into difficulties when performing sophisticated analyses and simulations. One way to get help is to turn to the SimScale forum — but asking a question may often be impossible without disclosing sensitive information to every forum user, and in addition to that it may take time before you get a meaningful answer. A user with a Professional Plan subscription, on the other hand, gets the support from our applications engineering team which is there to ensure your projects run smoothly. One can significantly reduce the time needed to successfully complete their simulation projects when help is only a quick phone call or an email away. Real-time support over chat coming soon!
New bonus perk: You are only charged core hours for successful simulations
We are constantly looking for ways to improve the user experience of our Professional Plan subscribers. Which is why in our latest platform update we included a new feature: from now on professional users will only have to spend core hours on successful simulations and your core hour quota will no longer be affected by jobs that end up in status Error. If something went wrong due to incorrectly set simulation conditions and you received an error — do not worry about wasting the cores. They will be restored to your account so you can make the necessary adjustments to the parameter settings and ensure your simulation runs smoothly next time. It is our mission to provide you with the simulation tool that you need to solve your problems and hence, we only want to charge you for the success that you have with SimScale.
But don’t take our word for it — give it a try for free
If you are still hesitating about making the commitment then our 14 day free trial is for you. It allows you to evaluate the full scope of additional perks and features of a Professional Plan subscription, with no upfront investment — not even your credit card information or any other payment data is required to give the upgraded plan a try. The Professional trial gives you 3000 core hours for private projects, not visible to the rest of the Community and phone and email support. At the end of the 14 day Professional trial period, your account will be automatically converted into a free Community account, should you decide against a paid subscription. All private projects created during the Professional trial will, however, remain private, so whatever confidential work you have completed during the trial will not be disclosed.
Ready to see for yourself that a Professional Plan is the way to go? Create a free trial account in under a minute and start simulating right away!