When beginning the process of purchasing top-of-the-line FEA software, potential buyers typically have these main questions: Can the software accurately and efficiently deliver analysis that will help define solutions for our engineering challenges? How much does it cost (and what is included)? and How do I purchase Abaqus? To help answer these questions, let’s review some of the strengths and capabilities of this tool, the starting price-points for different licensing schemes, and the process for purchasing the software.
What are the capabilities of Abaqus?
The Abaqus Unified FEA product suite offers powerful and complete solutions for both simple and advanced engineering problems spanning a multitude of industrial applications. Many of the most technologically advanced companies take advantage of these features to consolidate their tools and processes, reduce costs and inefficiencies, and ultimately gain competitive advantages. Abaqus Unified FEA includes the following:
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. However, it is also advanced enough to impress even a seasoned FEA veteran. Abaqus/CAE excels in computer-aided engineering concepts such as parametric modeling, interactive and scripted operation, and GUI customization.
Abaqus/Standard is for static events where highly accurate stress solutions are important. This includes 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 component used to simulate transient dynamic events like drop testing, automotive crashworthiness, and ballistic impact. Abaqus/Explicit’s ability to handle nonlinear behavior, such as contact, makes it appealing for those looking to simulate quasi-static events (e.g. the rolling of hot metal or the slow crushing of energy absorbing devices). Since it is designed for actual production environments, the fact that it is easy-to-use, reliable, and efficient makes it a valuable tool.
Multiphysics capabilities in Abaqus:
How much does Abaqus cost? And what is included?
Throughout the year, Abaqus' parent company, Dassault Systèmes, offers a number of promotional pricing packages - available promotions can contain discounts up to 68% off! Fidelis looks to apply the best available promotions in an effort to quote our customers at the lowest price points. Please contact us to discuss your individual needs in detail, but here is an overview of the starting prices for different packages (as of April 2022):
A Quarterly Lease of Abaqus starts at roughly $7,000
A Yearly Lease of Abaqus starts at roughly $19,000
A Purchase of Abaqus starts at roughly $31,000, with Annual Maintenance (updates and support) beginning at $6,000
Want to take Abaqus for a test drive? We can offer a custom guided 1-Month Trial for $1,200. Get in touch to learn more about what’s included!
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 Abaqus token-based system works. Check it out for a more thorough description of the components below:
Abaqus/CAE Extended (QAX) is the Abaqus GUI for pre- and post-processing
SIMULIA Extended Solver Tokens (QXT) are to run analysis using certain multiples of CPUs/cores
SOLIDWORKS or CATIA Associative Interfaces (QSI or QCI) are included in some promotional packages
Our customers also receive the following:
Access to Introduction to Abaqus training modules, if needed
Technical support from our dedicated engineering experts (our team also offers paid services for those customers that want Fidelis to handle more challenging simulation initiatives)
An onboarding roadmap customized to your specific simulation workflows to ensure a smooth experience
Already familiar with Abaqus and know what type of software package you need? Complete our Quick Quote request and speed up the process.
So, How Do I Purchase Abaqus With Fidelis?
We typically recommend beginning with a discovery call. During this discussion we aim to learn about what you are looking to accomplish with the software. Our team provides feedback and offers insights into how Abaqus can help you achieve both your specific engineering and overall business goals.
We can then use this information to customize an appropriate Abaqus solution. We provide formal quotes/proposals and coordinate follow-up calls with you to review, when applicable.
Where appropriate, we can provide a demonstration of the software, showcasing the capabilities that align with your needs. For these demos, we can often use one of your existing models to illustrate how Abaqus analysis strategy can be implemented on your own project.
Once you are confident in the benefits of the proposed Abaqus package and ready to move forward with a purchase, we process your PO and help coordinate installation. For Fidelis, customer satisfaction is top priority – we work hard to ensure a smooth, valuable experience throughout your buying process.
Fidelis looks to develop long-lasting, reciprocal relationships with our customers. We offer the highest level of knowledge and support of our products while maintaining honest, affordable pricing. Hopefully, this post has given you useful insights and information when it comes to making the right choice for your organization’s simulation software needs.
To learn more about Abaqus and all the other products and services we offer, get in touch!