• Ian McCarthy

How Much Does Abaqus Cost? And What is Included?

Updated: Oct 12


When beginning the process of buying a top-of-the-line FEA software, there are usually three questions that drive the potential user: can the software perform the analysis that I am looking to achieve accurately and efficiently? How do I buy it? And, what is the price of the software? We are going to go over some of the strengths and capabilities of Abaqus, what is the buying process for Abaqus, and lastly, what is the cost of Abaqus?

What are the Capabilities of Abaqus?

The Abaqus Unified FEA product suite offers powerful and complete solutions for both simple and advanced engineering problems, covering a multitude of industrial applications. Some of the most technologically advanced companies are taking advantage of Abaqus Unified FEA to consolidate their processes and tools, reduce costs and inefficiencies, and gain a competitive advantage.

Abaqus/CAE gives you the ability to effectively create, edit, monitor, and visualize advanced Abaqus analyses. The intuitive and easy to use interface integrates modeling, analysis, job management, and results visualization in a consistent and simple environment for new users, but is also advanced enough to impress even a seasoned FEA veteran. Abaqus/CAE is very capable when it comes to computer-aided engineering concepts such as parametric modeling, interactive and scripted operation, and GUI customization.

Abaqus/Standard Is a solution technology for static events where highly accurate stress solutions are important. This includes but is not limited to Linear and non-linear material, geometry and interactions, as well as thermal, acoustic, and steady-state dynamics with built-in multiphysics capability.

Abaqus/Explicit is a finite element analysis product that is built to simulate transient dynamic events such as drop testing, automotive crashworthiness, and ballistic impact. The ability of Abaqus/Explicit to handle nonlinear behavior such as contact makes it very appealing for the simulation of many quasi-static events, such as rolling of hot metal and the slow crushing of energy absorbing devices. Abaqus/Explicit is designed for actual production environments, so making it easy to use, being reliable, and an efficient tool, are key ingredients in its structure. Of course, it is supported within the Abaqus/CAE modeling environment for all common pre- and postprocessing needs.


Multiphysics Capabilities in Abaqus

There is a plethora of multiphysics capabilities in Abaqus such as:


- Coupled Eulerian-Lagrangian

- Hydrostatic-Fluid-Mechanical

- Piezoelectric-Mechanical

- Structural-Acoustic

- Thermal-Electric

- Thermal-Mechanical

- Thermal-Fluid-Mechanical

- Structural-Pore Pressure

How do I buy Abaqus with Fidelis?

One of our previous posts titled “Everything You Need to Know About SIMULIA’s ABAQUS Licensing and Tokens” provides a useful resource to learn how the token system that Abaqus operates in works, as well as what is included with extended tokens as you increase token count.

The actual process from start to finish, when working with us to buy Abaqus, is quite simple – we pride ourselves on our customer experience. We’ll start by having a conversation to learn a bit more about your company, the challenges that you are facing with either your current solver or lack thereof, and lastly, what it is you are looking for in an FEA code. We then provide our feedback and give insight into how Abaqus can go about helping solve your problems.


Where appropriate, we’ll provide a demonstration of the software capabilities that you’re interested in, either on an existing model where you’ve run into a technology roadblock, or on something similar to your products. Fidelis can then take that model and facilitate benchmarking with Abaqus to showcase scalability as more tokens/cores are added. Results can often be quite impressive, especially in explicit analysis, where Abaqus scales quite nicely.


Finally, we’ll use the information you’ve given us to lay out tailor made options for your install, including a mixture of different pricing models that best fit the your needs - after all, not all businesses operate the same when it comes to purchasing software.

Abaqus has three different licensing options as far as how to buy the software. You can purchase Abaqus (you own it forever and just pay a maintenance fee to maintain support and ensure you’re running the most up-to-date version), you can lease Abaqus (you pay a renewal fee every year and are given an up to date version, should you ever decide to stop, you can do so at any time), or you can do a quarterly lease of Abaqus (a three-month lease that you can renew upon its completion; often used for one-off projects).

At Fidelis, we utilize the latest pricing promotions to give our customers the best financial opportunity to get Abaqus. Our industry-leading support is also included with every software purchase, as well as two complimentary one-hour demo periods with one of our Abaqus expert users (one initially to help you setup the software and then one at a time of your choosing to ask us more specific questions).

How much does Abaqus cost!?

There are many promotions that Dassault Systèmes can offer - if you are a startup, you have not previously had Abaqus, you are thinking about switching from competitive software, or sometimes if you are just looking to buy at the right time. Available promotions can run up-to 68% off Abaqus, so this is not locked in pricing! If you want accurate pricing including any available discounts, please contact us and we would be more than happy to discuss your individual needs in detail.

Now we can get into some numbers:

- A Quarterly lease of Abaqus starts at roughly $8,000 (MSRP; including CAE and solver).

- A Yearly lease of Abaqus starts at roughly $25,000 (MSRP; including CAE and solver).

- A Purchase of Abaqus starts at roughly $65,000 (MSRP; including CAE and solver).

Final Thoughts

First and foremost, we look to develop long-lasting, reciprocal relationships with our customers - and that starts with offering the highest level of knowledge and support of the products we sell and honest, affordable pricing. Hopefully, this post has given you some useful insight and information when it comes to making the right choice for your organizations simulation software needs!


To learn more about Abaqus and all of the other products and services we offer, get in touch!