AutoCAD: Top Simulation and Analysis Applications

A model is essential for any CAD project. And just like that, no simulation or analysis task will be successful without one. Before you jump into the app reviews, please review our criteria. The apps are all from Autodesk’s App Store and have been digitally signed. This ensures that you get legitimate software from an authorized source, and can eliminate any worries about spy/free/malware.

To understand the scope of these apps, we needed to see if the app had received a rating or review from the community. We received comments from users from all walks of CAD life. Continue reading for the reviews.

AutoCAD: The Best Simulation and Analysis Applications

Plex.Earth 3.0 Review

This app is available for Windows and offers a lot more functionality than simpler concepts. This app lets you connect revit to mapping and terrain data providers like Google Earth and Bing Maps. Apart from adding imagery to your canvas for background or other purposes, you can also create models using PointCloud data and terrain data. You can export all drawings and models to a few Keyhole Markup Languages (KMZ or KML for compressed versions).

AutoFEM Lite 64 Review

Although the full version will add more functionality, the lite version includes everything you need to perform Fine Element Analysis in AutoCAD 2009. You can add it to your work environment, and nearly every analysis function is just a click away. AutoCAD allows you to perform all analysis procedures. You can save the results as an AutoCAD DWG file if you want.

This app allows users to simply feed their model to the app to prepare it for simulation. First, create a problem about the FEA. This is known as a study. Once the model has been loaded into a preprocessor, it is ready for use in the apps function. Further, the study allows users to choose both external and internal factors to control the simulation process. The app then simulates and can return results depending on your preference.

Splashtop Streamer Review

You don’t need to worry about sharing your results with others or presenting your analysis and simulation findings. Splashtop Streamer, which is more than a screen sharing tool, is the best app to secure remote viewing of CAD environments. The pricing and customer service are minimal with self-hosted, cloud-based versions. It offers outstanding performance for sharing CAD environments. The app also allows you to use a few networking options, with optimized installation and setup wizards. There are many connectivity options available for both desktop and mobile devices, including firewalled networks.

Cheetah Solver Review

AutoCAD has a solid parametric foundation, but this app is more than just an improvement. It replaces AutoCAD’s default parametric base with an advanced set of parametric technology. It allows the user to draw, sketch, design, and model with far more power than AutoCAD’s default. The constraint resolver module has been upgraded to improve motion simulation. This module is more accurate than AutoCAD’s default. You can also edit the constrained geometry of models using a more advanced geometry dragging module.