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    One of the major advantages of a web-based simulation platform is the ability for project sharing and live collaboration. Close team collaboration and the sharing of results and insights are important to realize the value simulation brings to the engineering design process. Currently, SimScale offers collaboration with different options to share projects with other users, within or outside an organization, and also with the SimScale Support team. Find out more below.

    Project Sharing

    The Share functionality can be accessed from the project overview page:

    project sharing from the individual project page for collaboration in simscale
    Figure 1: A project can be shared from the individual project page.

    The share options can also be accessed directly from within the Workbench. The share window contains many options:

    options within the share window workbench
    Figure 2: Share and collaboration options available for a project
    1. By clicking on the share icon, you can access the share window directly from the Workbench.
    2. You can type in the usernames or email addresses of other SimScale users to share a project with them.
    3. Professional users can set a project to Public or Private. Note that a public project will be available to all SimScale users to access, copy, and download CAD models/results.
    4. By sharing a project with support, you give access to the SimScale Support Team to your project. This is helpful, for example, when you ask for troubleshooting a particular case. It is possible to control the duration for which the project will be shared.

    When sharing a project, the user granted access permissions will receive an email from SimScale with a link to the shared project.

    Public versus Private

    Public projects can be seen and copied by everyone. On the other hand, private projects are only visible to users who created them. That means if it’s your project then only you can view it and nobody else.

    Projects created with a professional account are private by default. With the community plan, you can only create public projects.

    Sharing Permissions

    While sharing the project you can control the level of access permissions as follows:

    • Can view: Allows a user to open and view the project, including all its settings and results. Copying the project or making changes to the project is not possible.
    • Can copy: In addition to the permissions included under “Can view”, it allows a user to create a copy of the project. (Default)
    • Can edit: In addition to the permissions included under “Can copy”, making changes to the shared instance of the project is supported as well (only available to users with the Professional plan). Find out more.


    Please note that whenever the recipient creates a copy of your project, the copy will be a snapshot of your project at the time of copying, and won’t see any changes to the project that have been saved afterward. The end user can make subsequent copies for any new changes to be reflected in the original project.

    Share Project With Support

    In case you need help with your project from the SimScale support team you can ask for support via the integrated chat. You’ll find this in the Dashboard and/or in the Workbench:

    support button workbench simscale
    Figure 3: The support button is on the bottom-right corner of the Workbench viewer

    Your SimScale support engineer might ask you to share your project with them, which you can do by ticking the Share with support option in the share dialog (Figure 2) or by ticking the same option at the bottom of the chat window.

    share project with simscale in the chat window for collaboration
    Figure 4: Share a project with the SimScale Support team from the chat window by ticking the box. Someone from the team should be available to you within minutes.

    When sharing your project with support, “Can edit” permissions will be granted, which allows the SimScale support team to edit and copy your project. Any copy of your project created by SimScale will always be kept private.

    Last updated: August 8th, 2023

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