How SystemModeler Compares

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

Product Comparison

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  SystemModeler MapleSim* Simulink*
Version 12.1 2017.2 R2017b
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

Built-in Model Libraries

SystemModeler 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
Media (multicomponent, phase transitions) supported   partially supported

Model Library Store

SystemModeler MapleSim Simulink
Paid libraries supported supported supported
Free libraries supported   supported


SystemModeler MapleSim Simulink
Hybrid continuous-discrete solver supported partially supported supported
Real-time solver supported   supported
Sensitivity analysis solver supported supported  


SystemModeler 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
Instant interactivity supported    

Analysis & Design

SystemModeler 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    
Built-in reliability analysis supported    

Connectivity & Deployment

SystemModeler MapleSim Simulink
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
Reusable standalone simulation executable supported   supported
OPC connection library supported   supported
Arduino (Firmata) connection library supported   supported

Simplify Your Workflow

SystemModeler 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. SystemModeler 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, SystemModeler and Mathematica provide complete programmatic control of simulations, enabling all kinds of design and analysis.

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

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