Offers Online FEA Service

By on July 24th, 2017 in Service


 FEA analysis on Legoman
FEA analysis on Legoman

Serious part designers can’t do without Finite Element Analysis (FEA).

FEA provides a means of simulating the forces on a part design before it’s even built so that errors and optimizations can be corrected well before the a commitment to build. 

The idea is to identify the material from which each component is to be made, and then define the direction(s) and magnitude(s) of forces placed upon those components. 
FEA will show how mechanical stress is transferred through the part structure, typically with a colorful diagram as shown above. 

 Applying different force simulations to a 3D model in
Applying different force simulations to a 3D model in

Most often you’ll find FEA included in the more expensive 3D CAD packages, or sometimes in pricey standalone software used in conjunction with the 3D CAD packages. But now there’s another FEA option that is entirely cloud based. 

 Force types simulated by's online FEA service
Force types simulated by’s online FEA service offers such a service. You can upload designs and then make the specifications for the analysis. Their cloud engine makes the mathematical calculations and reveals a result later on. has three pricing plans: A free version provides only five simulations, and those go to the back of the line when competing for cloud resources. Their standard plan is USD$60 per month and offers unlimited simulations with more precise results. Finally, they offer an enterprise plan that presumably is more economical for those with a larger number of participants, and API connectivity for more advanced applications. 

The service seems quite easy to use, at least according to their latest video, which shows how they easily integrate with Onshape, a 3D CAD service that’s also completely cloud-based.

The service permits definition of a number of different types of forces with quite a bit of freedom. 

If you’re looking for a suitable FEA solution and don’t want to pay a large up-front fee, might be the service for you. 


By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!