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OnScale Solve™ – Frequently Asked Questions

By Chloe Allison 27 November 2020

Recently we launched OnScale Solve, our web-based cloud engineering simulation platform. Naturally, there were a lot of questions, so here is the most common questions about OnScale Solve answered.

How do I try OnScale Solve?

First off is the obvious. How do I get my hands on OnScale Solve? Well, OnScale Solve is free to use and it is a web application so it could not be simpler. All you need to do is follow these steps:

  1. Create your free account here!
  2. Login to the Solve Portal

And start simulating just like that! If you are unsure where to start, here are some resources to get you up and running:

What are the physics capabilities for OnScale Solve?

OnScale Solve currently supports a variety of physics constraints:


  • Force
  • Pressure
  • Traction
  • Displacement
  • Restraint
  • Symmetry


  • Temperature
  • Heat Flux
  • Power
  • Convection

Most of which can be parameterized. Soon we will be implementing fluid and electrical physics so keep an eye out for that coming!

Physics can also be coupled, so you can simulate a multi-physics thermomechanical model by toggling on the mechanical and thermal physics and choosing loads from each.

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What are the CAD capabilities for OnScale Solve?

OnScale Solve supports 3D CAD which can either be directly imported from your machine or imported from Onshape, the cloud-native product development platform that unites CAD and data management.

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CAD file types supported include:

  • .step
  • .iges
  • .brep
  • .sldprt (SOLIDWORKS)
  • .x_t .b_t (Parasolid)
  • .sat .sab (ACIS)


Soon OnScale Solve will support parametric CAD, allowing engineers to easily perform large geometry design studies on the cloud.

Does OnScale Solve support parametric studies?

Yes, OnScale Solve does support parametric studies as mentioned above. Physics constraints can be parameterized using the fx button.

cloud engineering simulationThe goal will be to eventually have every aspect of model design parameterizable such as geometry, material properties etc.

What happens if I want to change or edit my design?

Since OnScale Solve is a web-based application many people have asked what happens when you want to change a design. OnScale Solve has a built-in version control system that eliminates the need for a separate Product Data Management (PDM) system. Engineers can work on the latest design data simultaneously and a Git-style design tree enables multiple product ideas to be developed in parallel.

onscale solveWhat is the future roadmap for OnScale Solve?

OnScale Solve has lots of exciting features planned to be released in the near future but we count on the feedback of our customers to prioritize these features. If there is something you would love to see, please submit your feedback through the application and we can review. The features that are currently in development and are coming soon are:

  • Parametric CAD Capability
  • Dynamic simulations
  • Non-linear materials
  • Large deformations
  • AI/ML-ready postprocessing
  • Electrical physics

So, keep an eye out for more releases from OnScale Solve!

That is all the common questions about OnScale Solve answered. If you have more questions, head over to our forum to join our community.



Chloe Allison
Chloe Allison

Chloe Allison is an Application Engineer at OnScale. She received her MA in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. As part of our engineering team Chloe assists with developing applications, improving our existing software and providing technical support to our customers.

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