SimScale in 2017: The Year in Review

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Thanks to our user community and their continued support, this has been another great year for SimScale, and we hit some major milestones along the way! As 2017 comes to an end, it is time to look back at the news and stories that shaped this year for us.

2017 SimScale year in review

100,000 User Milestone!

Five years after the launch, SimScale was proud to welcome its 100,000th user! Our growing user community is what keeps us motivated to work hard towards our final goal of making simulation technology accessible to every engineer and designer in the world and enabling them to design better products faster and more cost-efficiently. From beginners and students to experienced engineers and simulation experts—everyone is welcome.

69,855 New Public Simulation Projects

Knowledge sharing is one of the cornerstones of the SimScale culture, which is why we opened the Public Simulation Project Library. In 2017, our users created 69,855 new simulation projects, investigating various physical phenomena and solving interesting engineering problems. Each of them can be freely copied and used as a template by any other user, facilitating the knowledge exchange within the SimScale community.

SimScale simulation project library

SimScale Platform Improvements

The SimScale platform undergoes updates and improvements every two weeks. Keeping up with everything can be tough, so here are the highlights of all the new features added to the platform in 2017:

Discover the detailed platform updates here.

24 Simulation Workshops and Webinars

As part of our mission to democratize Computer-Aided Engineering, the SimScale team is regularly hosting free webinar sessions, illustrating the application of simulation tools across different industries and helping all members of our community—beginners and experts alike—become proficient with simulation as fast as possible.

Find the full list of workshops and webinars here.

SimScale + VDI

Since the launch of SimScale, we have collaborated with numerous engineering associations, and this year we were proud to announce our collaboration with another well-known organization—VDI (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure/Association of German Engineers). VDI is the largest engineering, technical, and scientific organization in Western Europe, with over 150,000 registered members in Germany. To commemorate our partnership, VDI is offering a free three-month membership exclusively to SimScale users. You can still sign up!

SimWiki Launch

In 2017, we launched SimWiki—your new go-to simulation encyclopedia! It’s a collection of learning resources designed to give you a general introduction into the field of CAE as well as various aspects of simulation processes. We are updating SimWiki with new content on a regular basis, so stay tuned for new articles!

“WASH projects” with Neven Subotic Stiftung

In 2017, SimScale joined forces with Neven Subotic Stiftung to improve sanitation and hygiene in Ethiopia, as part of the “WASH projects” (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene). Their most recent project focuses on designing and building safer sanitary facilities. Neven decided to incorporate CFD simulation into the project, in order to provide precise and clear results that his organization needed to move forward. When Neven approached SimScale to get our support with testing his design, it was a no-brainer. We said: “Let’s do it!”

Read the full story here.

10 out of Top 100 Universities Now Use SimScale

Investing in the future generation of engineers has always been one of our top priorities—which is why we focused on expanding our Academic Program in 2017. At the end of this year, students at over 1000 universities have adopted SimScale, among them 10 universities ranked in the top 100 in the world: University College London, National University of Singapore, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Technical University of Munich, University of Maryland, Pennsylvania State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and University of Pittsburgh. The number of student competition teams that SimScale is sponsoring has grown exponentially as well, with 45 new teams joining the program in 2017.

SimScale Featured in Top Magazines and Publications

Dozens of prominent magazines have written about SimScale in 2017, including IEEE Spectrum, in their article on “What is Driving the Shift Towards Cloud-Based CFD and FEA Simulation?“, Engineering.com on how “Simulation Experts Save Electronics from Thermal Damage” and “7 Questions to Ask CAE Vendors of Structural Analysis and Simulation Software“, MachineDesign in their deep-dive into the “Top Trends in Industrial Design“, 3D Printing Industry in their overview of “How to Use Computer-Aided Engineering to Improve a 3D Printer“, Silicon Republic included SimScale in their list of “20 Magnificent Start-Ups with Momentum in Munich“—and many more!

We are honored to receive this recognition and acknowledgment from industry experts!

A Year of Events & Conferences!

This year, we attended DEVELOP3D LIVE, UK’s leading conference and exhibition celebrating design, engineering, and manufacturing technology, where we had the privilege of meeting many of our existing and potential users and learning more about their needs. Our co-founder Alex Fischer was a speaker at the CAInspiration Forum, where close to a 100 other simulation experts gathered to discuss the advancements in the CAE technologies. We were present at CWIEME, The world’s largest international exhibition for coil winding, insulation, and electrical manufacturing technologies. And finally, SimScale was an exhibitor at IKOM Career Fair, hosted by the Technical University of Munich (TUM), to connect with the future generation of simulation engineers.


With that, we would like to once again thank you for being a part of our community! We are excited for what comes ahead and have a lot planned for the next year. Stay tuned!

Happy Holidays and see you in 2018!

Your SimScale Team


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