How System Modeler Compares

Wolfram System Modeler is the most complete physical modeling and simulation tool. Unlike other systems, System Modeler requires no add-ons and fully supports the standard Modelica model language. And System Modeler is designed to connect perfectly with Mathematica for the ultimate integrated modeling, simulation and analysis workflow.

Product Comparison

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  System Modeler MapleSim* Simulink*
Version 13.1 2021 R2021b
Additional Requirements Mathematica optional *Maple required *MATLAB required


Hierarchical modeling that follows real-life topology supported supported supported
Multidomain modeling supported supported supported
Drag-and-drop model design supported supported supported
Work with Modelica models supported supported  
Full-fledged Modelica editor supported    
Design components from symbolic equations supported supported partially supported
Include external C functions supported supported partially supported
Replaceable components and subsystems supported partially supported partially supported
Programmatic model creation supported   supported
Advanced equation debugging supported partially supported partially supported
Support for synchronous systems supported partially supported partially supported

Built-in Model Libraries

System Modeler MapleSim Simulink
Electrical (analog, digital and multiphase) supported supported partially supported
Magnetic (flux tubes, fundamental wave) supported supported supported
Mechanical (translational, rotational and 3D multibody) supported supported supported
Signal blocks (continuous, discrete and logical) supported supported supported
State graphs supported   supported
Thermal (heat transfer and fluid flow) supported supported partially supported
Fluid (compressible, mixtures, multiphase) supported   supported
Media (multicomponent, phase transitions) supported   partially supported

Additional Model Libraries

System Modeler MapleSim Simulink
Biochemical systems supported   supported
System dynamics supported    
Planar modeling (2D multibody) supported    
Hydraulic systems supported supported supported
Business simulation supported    

Virtual Labs

System Modeler MapleSim Simulink
Physics labs for high-school courses supported   partially supported
Biology labs for high-school courses supported   partially supported
Chemistry labs for high-school courses supported   partially supported
Thermal labs for college courses supported    
Biology labs for college courses supported   partially supported
Electronics labs for college courses supported   supported


System Modeler MapleSim Simulink
Hybrid continuous-discrete solver supported supported supported
Real-time solver supported   supported
Sensitivity analysis solver supported supported supported


System Modeler MapleSim Simulink
One-click plotting of any system variable supported    
Automatic 3D mechanical visualization supported supported partially supported
Custom visualization environment Mathematica Maple MATLAB
2D and 3D graphics language supported partially supported supported
Advanced 3D graphics (lighting, transparency and more) supported partially supported supported
2D and 3D animation supported partially supported partially supported
Standard formats (.avi and .mov) supported partially supported partially supported
Instant interactivity supported    
Full configuration of plots supported partially supported partially supported

Analysis & Design

System Modeler MapleSim Simulink
Analysis platform Mathematica Maple MATLAB
Programmable simulation control supported supported supported
Parallelized parameter sweeps supported supported partially supported
Model equation analysis supported supported  
Model equilibrium detection supported supported supported
Control systems design supported supported supported
Model calibration supported supported supported
System optimization supported supported supported
Dynamic diagrams supported    
Auto-generation of model from CAD data supported supported supported
Large-scale symbolic linearization supported supported supported
Integrated machine learning workflows supported   supported
Access to curated data supported    
Built-in reliability analysis supported    

Connectivity & Deployment

System Modeler MapleSim Simulink
System modeling in the cloud supported partially supported supported
Export models with FMI (Functional Mock-up Interface) supported supported supported
Export models with FMI for co-simulation supported supported supported
Import models with FMI (Functional Mock-up Interface) supported supported supported
Real-time simulator link supported supported supported
Reusable standalone simulation executable supported supported supported
Support for single sign-on supported partially supported partially supported

Additional Connectivity Libraries

System Modeler MapleSim Simulink
OPC Classic library for Data Access (DA) supported   supported
OPC Unified Architecture (UA) library supported   supported
Arduino (Firmata) connection library supported   supported

Simplify Your Workflow

System Modeler implements the Modelica language, which takes advantage of the strengths from component-based modeling, where the flow in components is modeled. This presents significant advantages compared to block-based modeling. This example of constructing an electric circuit illustrates the simplified workflow obtained with component-based modeling:

Component-based modeling versus block-based modeling

The Modelica Advantage

Modelica is an open standard language specifically designed for modeling physical systems. It allows individuals and groups to efficiently work together on large-scale projects, constructing reusable custom components and libraries.

Wolfram MathCore is a founding member of the Modelica Association and has taken an active part in the Modelica language design since 1997. System Modeler is the result of this effort and more than 15 years of close cooperation with customers in the automotive, heavy-machinery, life science and marine sectors, making it the easiest Modelica tool to use.

Modelica Libraries

Beyond Simulation

A high-fidelity model is useful for much more than just numerical simulation, including everything from optimization and control design to custom visualization and interactivity. Together, System Modeler and Mathematica provide complete programmatic control of simulations, enabling all kinds of design and analysis.

System Modeler can export and import Functional Mock-up Units, enabling the use of models in other tools and moving legacy models into System Modeler.

Analysis & optimization
Model development
Report generation
Simulation environment
Signal processing
Control systems
Import & export
Presentation environment
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