Student Guide

This guide is meant to help you navigating through our huge portfolio of simulation programs. In the category "By Task" we explain which program you may use to solve a given task - including information about available learning material.

The category "By Product" may be of help, if you came across a product name but don't know exactly what the program is about.

If you do not know the product name for the task you want to do, then the list based on Task may help you.
 
 TaskProductRemarks
TaskProductRemarks
Math, Scripting & Visualization
  0D modeling using equations directlyCompose
great for math, data analysis & visualization, and scripting
  1D modeling using block diagrams
  including connectivity to 3D models
Activate
great for controls with multi-disciplinary system simulation
  1D embedded systems development Embed


great for automatic code generation for target controller hardware (e.g. Arduino)
Preprocessing (model building)
  geometry, meshing, analysis set-upHyperMeshFinite Element Analysis (FEA)
  build systems, analysis set-upMotionView
Multibody Analysis (MBS)
  geometry, meshing, analysis set-upHyperMeshFluid Flow (CFD)
Postprocessing (results visualization)
  contour plots, reportsHyperView
  plotting 2D/3D charts & graphsHyperGraph
Analysis
  linear, nonlinear (contact, material
  large displacements)
  modal, dynamics, thermal
OptiStructFinite Element Analysis (FEA)
  linear, modalInspire
Finite Element Analysis (FEA);
great for design students
  highly nonlinear & dynamic (crash)RADIOSSFinite Element Analysis (FEA)
  compositeESAComp
OptiStruct
Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  system level analysis
  kinematics and dynamics, statics,
  quasi-statics
  linear and vibration studies,
  vehicle dynamics,
  weight minimization,
  fatigue life prediction,
  load extraction

MotionSolve
Inspire
Multibody Analysis (MBS)
MotionSolve = comprehensive MBS solution (expert),
Inspire = offers limited MBS functionality, but great for design students
  antenna design & placement,
  EM Compatibility,
FEKOElectromagnetic Analysis (EMAG)
  sensors, high power electrical equipment,
  heat treatment
FluxElectromagnetic Analysis (EMAG)
  propagation modelingWinPropElectromagnetic Analysis (EMAG)
Optimization
  light weight,
  topology, topography,
  size, gauge, shape,
  composite
OptiStructcomprehensive optimization solution (expert)
  light weight, topology
  topography, size, gauge
Inspire

great for design students
  optimization, stochastic,
  Design of Experiments (DoE)
HyperStudy
to be used in combination with a solver, e.g. FEKO, AcuSolve, RADIOSS, ...
Manufacturing
  gravity die, gravity sand, investment, high
  pressure, low pressure die casting and
  tilt pouring
Inspire CastManufacturing
  stamping, multi-stage forming, trimming
  springback, formability
Inspire FormManufacturing
  die design Inspire Extrude Metal
Manufacturing
  die design, material flow
  and temperature inside a die
  during extrusion
Inspire Extrude Polymer
Manufacturing
CAD
  sketching, renderingEvolve

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Math, Scripting & Visualization

 TaskProductRemarks
TaskProductRemarks
0D modeling using equations directlyCompose
(great for math, data analysis & visualization, and scripting)
FREE eBooks:

Learning Course:



1D modeling using block diagrams including connectivity to 3D modelsActivate
(great for controls with multi-disciplinary system simulation)
1D embedded systems development Embed
(great for automatic code generation for target controller hardware e.g. Arduino)



Pre & Postprocessing (modeling & visualization)

 TaskProductRemarks
TaskProductRemarks
Preprocessing (model building)
  geometry editing. geometry cleanup, meshing, analysis set-upHyperMesh Free eBook:

Learning Courses:
Postprocessing (results visualization)
  contour plots, reportsHyperView
  plotting 2D/3D charts & graphsHyperGraph

Analysis

 TaskProductRemarks
TaskProductRemarks
Linear & nonlinear analysis (contact, material, large displacements)OptiStruct (Solver)


HyperMesh (Preprocessing)


HyperView (Postprocessing)
Free eBooks:

Learning Courses:
Linear static & modal analysisInspire
(great for design students)
Free eBook:

Learning Course:
Explicit analysis (crash, impact, highly nonlinear)RADIOSS (Solver)


HyperMesh (Preprocessing)


HyperView (Postprocessing)

Free eBook:

Learning Courses:

Composite analysisESAComp
OptiStruct

Free eBook:

Learning Course:
Multibody simulation (Model building, analysis, postprocessing)MotionSolve


Inspire
(great for design students)
Free eBook:

Learning Course:



Antenna design & placement, EM compatibilityFEKOLearning Courses:


Sensors, high power electrical equipment, heat treatment

FluxFree eBook:
Propagation modeling

WinProp


Manufacturing

 TaskProductRemarks
TaskProductRemarks
Casting simulationInspire Cast
Stamping simulation
(multi-stage forming, trimming, springback, formability)
Inspire Form
Extrusion simulation Inspire Extrude Metal
Inspire Extrude Polymer

CAD

 TaskProductRemarks
TaskProductRemarks
Sketching, renderingEvolve

Learning Course: