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SimScale shakes up the simulation industry with collaboration capabilities

SimScale, based in Munich, Germany, launched the world’s first production-ready SaaS application for engineering simulation in 2012. This spring, SimScale again shook up the industry by allowing teams to scale simulation across engineers, locations, and time zones.

Always under pressure to deliver projects and products faster and more cost-efficiently, engineers often turn to computer-aided engineering (CAE) technology to virtually test designs early, allow for more design iterations, and reduce the creation of expensive prototypes. Traditionally, such engineering simulation tools came with hurdles – high installation costs and licensing fees, high-performance computing hardware deployments, required maintenance, and an exhaustive learning curve – leaving many engineers to believe simulation is an unrealistic option.

Feeling this frustration first-hand, a team of five engineers realized that simulation could be accessible to all, thanks to the power of the cloud. The platform and company they founded, SimScale, is used today by a community of over 200,000 engineers. All that is needed to get started is a standard web browser, and the platform offers a variety of subscription models for varying simulation needs.

This spring, SimScale extended the reach of simulation across engineering team members looking to collaborate, share, or work simultaneously on projects. As an engineering team grows, so too does the need for simulation access and visibility. Multiple engineers may work on the same project together, or share simulations to be used as templates. In turn, team supervisors need to keep simulation work organized in one place. Until now, team members would need to complete work sequentially and in silos, and exchange the latest data on a project outside of the simulation tool itself.

“We hear that our customers want and need to work collaboratively on their simulation projects and, as a cloud-based platform, we are uniquely positioned to offer real-time, global collaboration”, said Jon Wilde, Vice President of Product at SimScale, “With these enhanced features, SimScale is responding to the needs of our users to work on simulation projects simultaneously instead of sequentially, saving time and enabling a much more iterative design process. It is exciting that they can now collaborate from any location, while using such a powerful, browser-based simulation platform.”