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SimScale is a cloud-based CAE software that helps users perform simulations of CAD models.


SimScale is a Munich, Germany-based company that developed a computer-aided engineering Software-as-a-Service simulation application for performance testing, durability optimization, and efficiency. The platform provides real-time access to computational fluid dynamics (CFD), thermal simulations, and finite element analysis (FEA), available on a standard web-browser through cloud-based computing. The back-end of the SimScale platform runs on open-source codes for CFD and FEA.

  • FEA: Code_Aster and CalculiX
  • CFD: OpenFOAM

The program's cloud-based nature allows users to run more simulations than traditional local computer-based systems and software.


SimScale was founded in 2012 by five Technical University of Munich alumni: David Heiny, Vincenz Dölle, Alexander Fischer, Johannes Probst, and Anatol Dammer. The company was founded on bringing CAE solutions to the mass-market and to provide an alternative solution to traditional on-site local computer-based solutions, which was the industry standard through the early and mid-2000s. SimScale was officially launched in mid-2013 after a beta-phase of testing through 2012 and early-2013.

On December 2, 2015, SimScale announced the CAE platform would be made accessible for free use to "democratize" CAE and "expand the user base" of professional engineers and CAE experts to include small and medium enterprise businesses, without excluding students and product designers.

Product Features
Finite element analysis (FEA) module

The FEA module within SimScale uses the open-source codes and solvers Code_Aster and CalculiX. These specific codes allow the linear and non-linear static/dynamic analysis of structures. Code_Aster is responsible for simulations involving damage, fracture, fatigue, geomaterials, contact, porous media, muti-physics coupling, and more. The CalculiX code has similar functions but allows users to build, calculate, and post-process finite element models.

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) module

The CFD module in the SimScale interface uses OpenFOAM, another open-source code, for fluid flow simulations for both steady-state and transient analysis.

Thermal module

The SimScale thermal module uses OpenFOAM for solid-solid and fluid-solid interaction issues. Code_Aster and CalculiX conduct thermo-structural analysis. Additionally, SimScale allows for uncoupled thermo-mechanical simulations, conjugate heat transfers, and convective heat transfer analysis.

The available analysis types available with SimScale include:

  • Conjugate heat transfer (CHT)
  • Steady-state analysis
  • Transient analysis
  • Thermo-mechanical simulations
  • Static/dynamic analysis of structures


October 29, 2021
SimScale raises a $29,000,000 series C round.
November 10, 2020
SimScale develops API and digital wind tunnel solution for AEC.
January 30, 2020
SimScale Closes €27 Million in Series C Financing Led by Insight Partnersready SaaS application for engineering simulation, today announced that it has closed €27 million in Series C funding.

SimScale, the provider of production-ready SaaS application for engineering simulation, today announced that it has closed €27 million in Series C funding. Global venture capital and private equity firm Insight Partners led the round, with participation from existing investors.

January 2020
SimScale raises a $32,000,000 series C round from Bayern Kapital, Earlybird Venture Capital and Union Square Ventures.

Funding Rounds


Further Resources


Cloud-based Simulation and Collaboration in the Pandemic Context



July 24, 2020

SimScale, Zaha Hadid Architects to simulate building designs


December 3, 2020


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