Are CAD-Embedded Simulation Tools Sufficient For My Company’s Needs?

Today, most CAD program providers include an embedded option for conducting simulation. This option is appealing to many companies as their engineers can expand how they use the tools they already have available for low or no additional cost. For many companies, their existing CAD licenses provide a low-barrier-to-entry way to test drive simulation. As a company gets started with simulation, or if their simulation requirements will remain fairly simplistic, a CAD-embedded tool can be a great option. However, since the simulation technology included by many CAD vendors was acquired as a means to complete their product offerings, oftentimes, the level of simulation available is limited in scope and size of model and may not be a great long-term solution. 

So how do you know when you are outgrowing the capabilities of your CAD-embedded tool? Some examples of questions to ask your simulation team to determine if a CAD-embedded or standalone product is the best option for your needs include the following: 


  • What are the limits to your simulation?
  • Do you have large assemblies?
  • Do you require advanced or coupled physics?
  • When it comes to simple physics, do you have lots of parts and/or a complex model?

In short, if there are features you need that aren’t accessible, larger model sizes crash your hardware, or you tell the hardware to do something, yet nothing ever happens or it takes a really long time for something to happen, you are likely outgrowing your current simulation solution. 

Whether you need to perform a finite element analysis (FEA), evaluate computational fluid dynamics (CFD), or calculate electromagnetic effects with simulation, it is important to understand how to evaluate when your simulation tool no longer meets your needs. 

For a more detailed review of a few examples and additional related issues,  DRD encourages you to read our whitepaper “Six Considerations for Selecting Engineering Simulation Software”.

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Maximizing Your Investment: How to Choose the Best Engineering Simulation Software

Maximizing Your Investment: How to Choose the Best Engineering Simulation Software

Engineering simulation software is a powerful tool that helps organizations use virtual prototyping to reduce design and test costs. However, selecting the right software can be a complex and challenging process. With so many options available, it can be difficult to know which software will best meet your needs.

Our new white paper, Six Considerations for Selecting Engineering Simulation Software, provides a comprehensive guide for evaluating and selecting the best engineering simulation software to meet your needs.

In the white paper, we explore the following six key questions you should consider when evaluating engineering simulation software options:

  • Should I use a CAD-embedded simulation tool or stand-alone engineering simulation software?
  • What hardware is needed to run engineering simulation software?
  • Should I look to conduct simulation in the cloud or on-premise?
  • Does our organization have the personnel to perform simulation in-house?
  • How long does it take to get trained and become proficient on engineering simulation software?
  • Should I lease or buy engineering simulation software?

We review a variety of helpful tips and best practices for evaluating different software options, assessing hardware requirements, identifying personnel capabilities and training needs, and making informed decisions about leasing versus buying. After reading this guide, you will have a better understanding of how to evaluate different types of engineering simulation software options based on your organization’s goals and needs.

Download this essential resource for evaluating and selecting engineering simulation software here.