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Developer(s)SimScale GmbH
Initial release2013; 10 years ago (2013)
PlatformWeb browser
TypeComputer-aided engineering

SimScale is a computer-aided engineering (CAE) software product based on cloud computing. SimScale was developed by SimScale GmbH and allows computational fluid dynamics, finite element analysis and thermal simulations.[1][2] The backend of the platform uses open source codes:

The cloud-based platform of SimScale allows users to run more simulations, and in turn iterate more design changes, compared to traditional local computer-based systems.[3]


SimScale was launched in 2013.[4][promotional source?]


The thermal module allows uncoupled thermo-mechanical,[5] conjugate heat transfer and convective heat transfer simulations.[6]

Industrial applications[edit]

Japan-based Tokyowheel — a company that engineers technical carbon fiber racing wheels for competitive cyclists — used SimScale's CFD software component to determine the most aerodynamic wheel profile.[3] QRC Technologies performed thermal simulations on SimScale to test multiple variations of their RF tester.[7]


On 2 December 2015, a community plan was announced making the platform accessible free of charge, based on a new investment round led by Union Square Ventures.[8][9][10][11][12] It includes a one-time allotment of 3000 computation hours and 500 GB of storage for any registered user.[13] Simulations and projects created by a user registered under the plan are accessible to all other users within the public project library.[1]

SimScale has also organized several free webinars:

  • 3D Printer Workshop[14]
  • F1 Aerodynamics Workshop[15]
  • Simulation in Biomedical Engineering Workshop[16]


  1. ^ a b Wasserman, Shawn (9 December 2015). "SimScale Brings the Price of Computer-Aided Engineering Down to Zero".
  2. ^ Tara, Roopinder (16 June 2016). "Be Warned: The CAE World Is About to Shift".
  3. ^ a b "Enhancing Cycling Performance via Simulation". April 2016.
  4. ^ Schmitz, Barb (26 August 2013). "Cloud-Based Simulation". Archived from the original on 2013-11-12.
  5. ^ Wasserman, Shawn (19 January 2015). "Transient Heating and Thermal Shock Analysis for Free". Archived from the original on 2016-07-22.
  6. ^ "Freemium Simulation Software Now Includes Conjugate Heat Transfer". May 2016.
  7. ^ "Simulation Experts Save Electronics from Thermal Damage". February 2017.
  8. ^ "Union Square Ventures invests in Munich-based startup SimScale". 2 December 2015.
  9. ^ "SimScale announces free access to simulation technology as a part of its new community plan" (Press release). NAFEMS. 2 December 2015.
  10. ^ König, Peter (15 April 2016). "Mit SimScale und Make gratis simulieren lernen wie die Profis" (Press release). MAKE. Archived from the original on 5 October 2017.
  11. ^ "SimScale to bring simulation technology to small and medium businesses". Global Manufacturing. 8 December 2015.
  12. ^ Wasserman, Shawn (30 April 2015). "Is Cloud-Based Simulation Affordable Enough to Dominate the Start-Up Market?".
  13. ^ "SimScale CAE Forum - Community Plan Core Hours - reply by SimScale Community & Academic Program Manager Jousef Murad". 19 September 2019.
  14. ^ "SimScale Offers Three Workshops to Teach 3D Printing". 11 February 2016.
  15. ^ "SimScale Offers Online F1 Aerodynamics Workshop". Inside HPC. 11 March 2016.
  16. ^ "SimScale Offers Training on Using Simulation in Biomedical Engineering". 19 August 2016.