Our Partners

Our Partners

Many NAFEMS member companies also provide support and guidance to students through their own programmes and initiatives. We've included some of these here. Please note that NAFEMS is not responsible for the contents of these external websites, and the links are provided for information only - not as an endorsement.



Altair offers free simulation and data analytics software to students currently enrolled at any educational institution, and to student teams participating in competitions. Additionally, they provide resources for self-learning and support.

Altair for Students

Every year, Altair organises a global contest for students to explore the limitless possibilities of system simulation powered by AI. Engineering students of all levels, specialties, and global regions can participate, learn, collaborate, succeed, and win prizes.

A​ltair Global Student Contest 2023



Ansys is committed to setting today's students up for success tomorrow, by providing free simulation engineering software licenses to students at all levels. Support your learning with free courses, our support community and a wealth of student-focused tutorials.

Ansys for Students



Students and educators can get free one-year educational access to Autodesk products and services, renewable as long as you remain eligible.

Autodesk Education and Student Access



Set yourself up for success by taking advantage of your access to leading-edge Cadence technology and industry-grade Online Training courses.

Cadence Students

Dassault Systemes SIMULIA

The 3DExperience platform is accessible for students for low yearly fees. Along with the software access, online learning content with onboarding and live webinars, certifications and access to the student community is provided.

  • SOLIDWORKS Cloud Apps for Students,
  • CATIA for Students,
  • ENGINEER for Students including CATIA, SIMULIA, DELMIA and ENOVIA,


The Abaqus Learning Edition offers a complete solution for realistic simulation, and is is available free of charge to anyone wishing to get started with Abaqus. The Abaqus Learning Edition is available on Windows platform only and supports structural models up to 1000 nodes.

The CST Studio Suite Learning Edition introduces you to the world of electromagnetic simulation. With this free edition you have - bar some restrictions - access to our powerful visualisation engine and some of the most advanced solvers of CST Studio Suite, making it ideal for use as part of coursework as well as for anyone wishing to become more proficient with CST Studio Suite.

Antenna Magus Learning Edition makes design capabilities for 12 popular antenna types available and can generate high-quality simulation models of these designs. It can also be used to synthesize basic antenna arrays and includes a selection of useful utilities.



On the ESI Academy you will be able to request temporary license for selected versions of the ESI software – Teaching & Training versions. ESI provides reliable and customized solutions anchored on predictive physics modeling and virtual prototyping expertise to allow industries to make the right decisions at the right time while managing their complexity.

ESI Academy



ESTECO's Academy program offers valuable resources for university students and educators in the STEM fields. It focuses on teaching and applying design optimisation techniques using the modeFRONTIER optimisation software. This program is tailored to enhance students' skills in engineering simulation, a competency highly sought after by employers.

Furthermore, ESTECO Academy provides research support and encourages the use of their optimisation-driven technology in student projects and PhD research, contributing significantly to innovation and practical learning in academic settings.

ESTECO Academy


Flow Science offers free academic license programs for FLOW-3D, FLOW-3D HYDRO and FLOW-3D CAST to faculty members, researchers, instructors, and students.

Flow Science offers free 4-month licenses for FLOW-3D, FLOW-3D CAST and FLOW3D HYDRO for the purpose of academic research. Applications require a research proposal. If accepted, a license for the software that best fits the applicant’s field of research will be issued.

F​low Science offers free teaching, and long-term department wide licenses without the 4-month limitation as well.

FLOW-3D Academic Program



Hexagon provides students free access to Student Editions of our Computer Aided Engineering software via the student download center. Simply register and begin exploring the world of physics-based simulation. You can train yourself with fast access to tutorials, webinars and example problems.

Hexagon Student Editions

Hexagon has launched a Student Ambassador program, where you and your university and benefit from mentoring provided by their engineers. As a Hexagon Student Ambassador, you can get free access to simulation software and associated training to build your career.



Maple is a powerful software tool used for mathematical computations and visualisations, typically in engineering, science, and mathematics education and research. M​aple is providing a discounted version of its mathematical computation software for Students.

The Maple Portal for Students is intended to help students perform basic tasks and find further information about Maple. It can help you find the commands you want and point you to relevant features of the user interface.

Maple Student Edition


PERMAS4EDU covers the entire process chain from the FE mesh to evaluation. PERMAS4EDU (https://www.intes.de/edu) has essentially the same functionality as the commercial version of PERMAS. However, some limitations are introduced in the educational edition to prevent commercial usage. It is based on version 19 and available on Windows 10/11 and Linux, respectively. Therefore it is well suited for self-study and further training.

  • PERMAS4EDU includes PERMAS, VisPER, and PERMAS Tools,
  • FEM Process from mesh to evaluation,
  • Free-of-charge for education and further training, no commercial use permitted,
  • Limited model sizes e.g. 16 000 nodes, 32 000 elements, and 65 000 degrees of freedom,
  • Interfaces: VisPER, ANSA, ABAQUS, NASTRAN, MEDINA, and HyperWorks,
  • Manuals included with >200 application examples and tutorials,
  • Examples and Tutorials on YouTube with own PERMAS4EDU Playlist
  • User Forum at INTES for exchange with other users and with a collection of application examples and tips,
  • PERMAS4EDU project on GitHub with many examples,
  • Available on Windows and Linux.




PrePoMax is an open-source pre and post-processor for the Calculix FEM solver, developed by Matej Borovinšek from the University of Maribor.

Access to PrePoMax



PTC Education offerings prepare students to design, manufacture, operate, and service things for an increasingly smart, connected world. With access to on-demand flexible learning and emerging technologies available through PTC Education, students can develop the skills they need to stay competitive in the new digital landscape.

PTC Education Program

Siemens Digital Industries Software


Siemens provides a robust selection of software for students free of charge. The Siemens software suite offers a set of tools designed to help you prepare for careers in Industry 4.0.

Siemens Engineering Student Software



SimScale offers a web-embedded approach to computer-aided engineering, used at more than 1000 universities worldwide. Their portfolio include access to software and resources for both students and educators.

The SimScale Free Academic Plan enables students and educators to get familiarised with the SimScale CAE platform and enhance their simulation knowledge. The Academic Plan includes a one-time three-month access to the SimScale with 2,000 cloud computing core hours and private projects.

SimScale Academic Program

The SimScale Academic Enterprise Plan is dedicated to universities, schools, and research institutes to provide administrative tools to easily implement, manage and teach simulation at scale.



Shapr3D's educational license is free for students, teachers and faculty members of accredited educational institutions. The license is valid for one year (365 days) and can be renewed once it expires.

Shapr3D for Education


If you are interested in having your academic or student program listed here, contact us at students@nafems.org.