Side by side comparison chart of 69 mechanical Finite Element Analysis (FEA) programs. We welcome suggestions and additional information. Click any row for more details.

  Price
Graphical geometry modeler
Graphical manual meshing
CAD import
Units aware
Linear static
Nonlinear - large displacements
Nonlinear - contact
Transient linear
Transient nonlinear
Natural frequency
Linear buckling
Acoustic
Heat transfer
Electric/magnetic
Fluid flow
Fluid structure interaction
Solid elements
Shell elements
Beam/rod/tie
Anisotropic materials
Composites
Hyperelastic/rubber
Plasticity
Viscoplastic/creep
Piezoelectric
2D Frame Analysis Dynamic Edition $270 tick tick tick cross cross tick cross tick cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross tick cross cross cross cross cross cross

www.engissol.com

OS: Windows

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Abaqus/CAE no tick tick tick cross tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

www.3ds.com

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ADINA no tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

www.adina.com

OS: Windows, Linux, AIX

License/options: Free 900 node student version available

Support: Email, phone for full version

AMPS no tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
Fully coupled multiphysics

www.ampstech.com

OS: Windows

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Analysis for Windows Free cross cross tick tick tick cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross tick cross cross cross cross cross camera
Beams and trusses

cuylaerts.net

OS: Windows

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ANSYS Mechanical no tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
Part of a suite of simulation products

www.ansys.com

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Autodesk Simulation Mechanical no tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick cross tick tick cross cross tick tick tick tick tick tick
Formerly ALGOR

www.autodesk.com

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AutoFEM Analysis $1495 - $4995 tick tick tick tick tick tick tick cross tick cross cross cross tick tick
Integrated with AutoCAD

www.autofemsoft.com

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License/options: Free AutoFEM Lite available

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CADRE Pro $370 tick tick tick tick tick tick cross cross cross cross cross cross tick tick

www.cadreanalytic.com

OS: Windows

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CAEFEM no tick cross tick tick tick tick tick tick cross tick tick cross tick cross cross cross tick tick tick tick tick tick tick cross

www.caefem.com

OS: Windows

License/options: 30 day free trial

Support: For support program customers: phone, fax, email

CalculiX Free cross cross cross cross tick tick tick tick cross tick tick cross tick tick tick cross tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick cross camera

www.calculix.de

OS: Linux. Windows ports also available

License/options: GPL

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Code_Aster Free cross tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick cross tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

www.code-aster.org

OS: Linux, FreeBSD. Windows and MacOS X ports available from 3rd parties

License/options: GPL

Support: Online training courses

COMSOL Multiphysics no tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

www.comsol.com

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Support: Workshops in many countries, web form and forum

Creo Elements/Direct FEA no tick tick cross cross cross tick tick cross tick cross cross cross tick tick cross cross cross
Integrated with PTC Creo Elements/Direct Modeling

www.ptc.com

OS: Windows

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ED-Elas2D $110 cross tick cross tick tick cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross camera
2D educational program

www.cimne.com

OS: Windows 95 or later

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Elmer Free cross cross cross tick tick cross tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick cross tick cross cross cross
General purpose PDE solver

www.csc.fi/english/pages/elmer/

OS: Linux, Windows

License/options: GPL

Support: Forum

EngiLab Beam.2D $180 tick tick cross tick cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross tick cross cross cross cross cross

www.engilab.com

OS: Windows

License/options: Free version with 10 node limit

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FEAP $1500 cross cross cross tick tick tick tick tick tick cross tick cross cross cross tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick cross
For research and educational use. Source code available

www.ce.berkeley.edu/projects/feap

OS: UNIX, Linux, Mac, Windows

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FEATool no tick cross cross tick tick tick tick cross cross
A FEM toolbox for Matlab and Octave

www.precisesimulation.com

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License/options: Free license for students or trial use. Paid license for teaching or research

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FEBio with PreView Free tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
For biomechanics and biophysics

febio.org

OS: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows

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Fedem Mechanical no tick tick tick tick tick tick
Multibody nonlinear dynamics. Also sold as NEi Motion

www.fedem.com

OS: Windows, HP-UX, SGI-IRIX

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FELIPE Free cross tick cross tick cross cross tick tick camera
Educational program which displays the element assembly process. Old fashioned, partially text-based interface.

www.felipe.co.uk

OS: Windows

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FElt Free cross cross cross cross tick cross cross tick cross tick cross cross tick cross cross cross tick cross tick cross cross cross cross cross camera
Appears to be abandoned. Meant for teaching.

felt.sourceforge.net

OS: Linux, Windows

License/options: GPL

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FEMdesigner $300 - $900 cross tick tick cross tick cross tick tick cross tick cross cross cross tick tick tick tick cross

www.femdesigner.com

OS: Windows

License/options: $299/$899 plus $79/$199 annual maintenance

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FEMTA Free cross cross cross tick cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross tick cross cross cross cross cross camera
Very simple truss program. Define just nodes, constraints, elements, area and Young's modulus and node forces.

sourceforge.net/projects/femta

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License/options: GPL

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FesaWin $35 - $200 tick tick tick tick cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross tick tick cross cross cross cross cross
Suitable for very old computers

www.fesawin.com

OS: Windows

License/options: Free with 100 node limit. €75 with 1000 node limit.

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FlexPDE $495 - $1,995 tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
General purpose PDE solver that can solve elasticity problems in 1D, 2D or 3D

www.pdesolutions.com

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Frame3DD Free cross cross cross cross tick cross cross tick cross tick tick cross cross cross cross cross cross cross tick cross cross cross cross cross cross
Static and dynamic analysis of beams and trusses

frame3dd.sourceforge.net/

OS: Linux, Windows and OS X

License/options: GPL

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FreeFEM Free tick tick tick

www.freefem.org

OS: Windows, MacOS X, Linux

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Grape GBW32 $190 cross tick tick cross tick cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross tick cross cross cross cross cross camera
For beams and trusses

www.grapesoftware.mb.ca

OS: Windows

License/options: Shareware. Bulk and academic discounts

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Impact Free cross cross cross cross tick tick cross tick cross cross cross cross cross cross cross tick tick tick cross cross cross tick cross

www.impact-fem.org

OS: Linux, Windows

License/options: GPL

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KeyCreator Analysis no tick tick tick tick tick tick tick cross tick tick cross cross tick tick tick
Integrated with KeyCreator Direct CAD

kubotek3d.com

OS: Windows

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LapFEA $99 - $1,999 tick tick cross tick cross cross tick cross tick cross cross cross cross tick cross cross cross
Limited to 30,000 nodes but can export to NASTRAN format.

www.lapcad.com

OS: Mac OS 9, Windows

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LS-DYNA no tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

www.lstc.com

OS: Windows, Linux, AIX, HP-UX, Super-UX, IRIX

License/options: Per core

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LUSAS Analyst no tick tick tick tick tick tick cross tick cross cross tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

www.lusas.com

OS: Windows

License/options: $700 academic version available

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M3d Free tick tick cross cross tick cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross tick tick tick tick cross cross cross cross camera
A base program intended to be customised for bespoke solutions.

m3d.org.uk

OS: Windows

License/options: Free use

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MATruss $150 cross cross cross cross tick cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross tick cross cross cross cross cross camera

www.masoftware.se

OS: Windows

License/options: Demo with 30 day limit

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MEANS $2,000-$6,000 tick cross tick tick cross cross cross tick tick cross tick cross cross cross tick tick tick cross cross cross

www.freefem.com

OS: Windows

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Mecway $100 - $350 cross tick tick tick tick tick tick tick cross tick tick tick tick tick tick cross tick tick tick tick tick cross cross cross tick camera

mecway.com

OS: Windows

License/options: Free version with 1000 node limit. $350 for full version with over 1,000,000 nodes. $100 non-commercial option.

Support: Email and forum

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midasNFX no tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick cross tick cross tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

www.midasnfx.com

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MSC Marc no tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

www.mscsoftware.com

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MSC Nastran no tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick cross cross tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

www.mscsoftware.com

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Support: Phone, forum, training courses, webinars, conferences

NISA Mechanical no tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick cross tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

nisasoftware.com

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OptiStruct no tick tick tick tick cross tick tick tick tick cross cross tick tick tick tick tick tick
Part of the Altair HyperWorks suite

www.altairhyperworks.com

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PAFEC-FE no tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

www.vibroacoustics.co.uk

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Support: Phone/fax for 6 months

PAK-S no tick tick tick tick cross cross cross cross cross tick tick tick tick tick

fempak.fink.rs

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PERMAS no cross tick tick tick tick cross tick tick tick tick tick cross tick tick tick tick tick tick

www.intes.de

OS: Linux, Windows, AIX

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Support: Training courses in Germany

PZFlex no tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

www.pzflex.com

OS: Windows, Linux

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RADIOSS no tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
Part of the Altair HyperWorks suite

www.altairhyperworks.com

OS: Windows, Linux

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Support: Online training courses

RamSeries no tick tick tick tick tick tick cross tick cross cross tick tick tick tick tick tick

www.compassis.com

OS: Windows, Linux

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Range $60 - $500 / year tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

www.range-software.com

OS: Windows, Linux

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Roshaz FEA $595 - $695 tick tick tick cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross tick cross cross cross cross cross cross cross
Mainly a pre/post-processor. More solver capabilities are available by interfacing with Calculix, Abaqus, Lusas, Nastran or Mystran.

www.roshaz.com

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License/options: Demo version with 5000 node limit

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SAMCEF no tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick cross tick cross cross tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick camera

www.lmsintl.com

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Sesam GeniE no tick tick tick tick tick tick
For offshore structures

www.dnv.com

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SfePy Free tick
General purpose PDE solver

sfepy.org

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License/options: BSD

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SimForDesign $3-$10 / compute hour cross cross tick tick tick cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross tick cross cross cross cross cross cross cross
Cloud based service. Simplified process aimed at designers, not engineers.

www.sim4design.com

OS: Web browser

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SimScale $3000-$12000 / year cross tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick cross tick cross tick tick tick
Cloud based service

www.simscale.de

OS: Web browser

License/options: Minimum period of 6 months. Includes a free option for linear static analysis

Support: Their employees may assist creating a simulation

SimWise FEA $3,500-$5,000 tick tick cross cross cross cross tick tick cross tick cross cross cross tick cross cross cross cross cross cross
Also available combined with SimWise Motion for coupled motion and FEA. Has adaptive mesh refinement.

www.design-simulation.com

OS: Windows 7 or 8

License/options: Commercial or Educational licenses. Annual maintenance fees exist.

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SLFFEA Free cross tick tick cross cross cross cross cross cross tick cross cross cross tick tick tick tick cross cross cross cross

slffea.sourceforge.net

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License/options: LGPL

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Solid Edge Simulation no tick cross tick tick tick cross cross cross cross tick tick cross tick cross cross cross tick cross cross cross cross cross cross cross camera
NX NASTRAN integrated with Solid Edge. The functionality exposed through Solid Edge is limited to simple loads and analyses.

www.plm.automation.siemens.com

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SolidWorks Simulation no tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick cross tick cross cross tick tick tick tick tick tick
Integrated with SolidWorks

www.solidworks.com

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Solvia no tick tick tick tick tick tick tick cross tick cross tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

www.solvia.com/

OS: Windows, Linux, Unix

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Strand7 $4,500 - $11,000 cross tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick camera

www.strand7.com

OS: Windows

License/options: Free version limited to 20 beams, 100 plates and 100 solid elements. Base Package: $4500 and $500-$1300 each for options like nonlinear and moving loads.

Support: 12 months with initial purchase. Renewable annually.

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StressCheck no tick tick tick cross tick tick tick cross cross tick tick cross tick cross cross cross tick tick tick tick tick cross tick cross camera

www.esrd.com

OS: Windows

License/options: Free student version available

Support: Training workshops

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Tochnog Free cross cross cross cross tick tick tick tick cross cross cross tick cross tick cross tick cross tick tick cross tick tick tick

tochnog.sourceforge.net

OS: Linux, Windows, MacOS X

License/options: GPL

Support: Through a third party

VisualFEA $1,800 tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

www.visualfea.com

OS: Mac OS, Windows

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W-Trite Free cross cross cross cross tick cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross cross tick cross cross cross cross cross camera
For beams and trusses

wtrite.net

OS: Windows

License/options: Freeware

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Z88 Aurora Free cross tick tick cross tick tick cross cross cross tick cross cross tick cross cross cross tick tick tick cross cross tick cross

www.z88.de

OS: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X

License/options: Free use

Support: Forum

Zebulon no tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

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Suggestions or corrections: info@feacompare.com. Last updated: 2016-10-02