Autodesk® Simulation Mechanical software, powered by Autodesk® Nastran®, provides a wide range of accurate mechanical simulation capabilities to help you predict product performance, optimize designs, and validate product behavior before manufacturing.
Autodesk Simulation Mechanical enables users to utilize a highly accurate, industry-tested, general-purpose finite element solver to run comprehensive multiphysics simulations with other Autodesk products. Supporting multi-CAD environments, Simulation Mechanical provides flexibility in simulating CAD models in various formats. Simulation Mechanical brings finite element analysis (FEA) to all designers, engineers, and analysts to help them make great products.
A complete mechanical simulation solution
Autodesk Simulation Mechanical is an FEA mechanical simulation solution included in the Product Design Industry Collection, but can also be purchased as standalone software. It provides a complete offering of capabilities, such as:
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Perform accurate simulations efficiently
Simulation enables critical engineering decisions to be made earlier in the design process. With Autodesk Simulation Mechanical, engineers and analysts can have a simulation solution that allows them to study initial design intent more easily, and then more accurately predict the performance of a simulated product.
When working with CAD geometry, automatic meshing tools produce high-quality elements on the first pass—ensuring simulation accuracy within the areas of greatest engineering concern, and helping to predict product performance in less time. Built-in modeling capabilities enable designers, engineers, and analysts to edit the mesh directly to help with the accurate placement of loads and constraints or to create simplified geometry for proof-of-concept studies. In addition to increasing productivity through modeling flexibility, designers, engineers, and analysts can quickly validate concepts before resources are invested in significant design changes or new products.
Learn more about your product’s performance
Through easy-to-use tools, extensive CAD support, and proven technology, Autodesk Simulation Mechanical software helps you predict the real-world performance of products. Design validation and optimization through extensive engineering simulation helps you bring better products to market faster—and at less cost.
Simulate more, reduce errors, and optimize designs
Necessary design changes become more apparent when a product’s real-world environment is fully simulated, but computationally intensive analyses can be both time- and resource-intensive. Robust solvers in Autodesk Simulation Mechanical software utilize the power of all available computing resources for local or remote solves,
enabling designers, engineers, and analysts to study more realistic product designs in a practical amount of time.
Easily expand engineering simulation capabilities
Decisions to integrate engineering simulation further into the design process often leads to unexpected costs and delays to retrain the product design team. By providing an entire range of validation and optimization tools within the same easy-to-use interface, Autodesk Simulation Mechanical software enables designers, engineers, and analysts to start with mainstream tools and then expand their toolkit to include more advanced analysis, such as mechanical event simulation (MES), without the need to learn new workflows.
Powered by Autodesk Nastran
Autodesk Nastran is an industry-recognized, general purpose FEA solver known for its accuracy in analyzing linear and nonlinear stress, dynamics, and heat transfer characteristics of structures and mechanical components. Autodesk Nastran also offers an editor for real-time results and changes in solution parameters while solving—enabling users to identify and fix issues earlier in simulations. This high-end simulation technology is included with Simulation Mechanical so you can obtain more
accurate results for complex simulations.
A wide range of material models
Support for a wide range of linear and nonlinear materials allows for better understanding of the real-world behavior of products. Whatever materials are included in a design, from metal to rubber, material data is vital to the accuracy of an engineering simulation—allowing designers and engineers to learn more about how a product will perform or even how it might fail.
Combine multiple physical effects in advanced simulations
Real-world product behavior is often the result of multiple physical effects interacting simultaneously. Advanced simulation setup is made easier through the use of standard engineering terminology, visual process guidance, and user-friendly tools and wizards that automate the transfer of simulation results between multiple analyses—focusing designers, engineers, and analysts on product performance, rather than advanced numerical or simulation methods. .
Collaborate in a multi-CAD environment
Manufacturers often create and share designs in multiple CAD software tools, making it difficult to integrate engineering simulation tools into an existing design process without requiring significant and costly changes. Autodesk Simulation Mechanical software supports efficient workflows in today’s multi-CAD environment by providing direct geometry exchange and full associativity with Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER, PTC Creo, and other software.
Static Stress with Linear Material Models
Natural Frequency (Modal)
Natural Frequency with Load Stiffening
Transient Stress (Direct Integration or Modal Superposition)
Critical Buckling Load
Dynamic Design Analysis Method (DDAM)
MES (Mechanical Event Simulation) with Nonlinear Material Models
Static Stress with Nonlinear Material Models
Natural Frequency (Modal) with Nonlinear Material Models
MES Riks Analysis
Steady-State Heat Transfer
Transient Heat Transfer
Electrostatic Current and Voltage
Electrostatic Field Strength and Voltage
Learn more or purchase:
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