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So let me start with this, I looked through other recent threads to make sure this question wasn't recently asked. I hope I didn't simply miss a thread that would have already answered this.

So now to the question, I have several invention concepts that I'm working through, a few of them I cannot easily make prototypes, others may not be ready for prototype, but I want to test the concept.

I have spent several hours searching for simulator software that would meet my needs, with little or no success.

That is not to say I have found none, just that I hope I haven't found the good ones.

I am looking for 3D physics and thermodynamic simulation.. Free would be amazing, functional trials would suffice, costly would be last resort.

The software would have to be able to simulate heat transfer across different metallic surfaces, and would have to be able to customize the design. I have found programs to do one, or the other, but not both.

Would also like to be able to simulate architectural design, specifically the physics aspect i.e. if I built a box in this way, with this material, would it be functional or collapse under its own weight... Any direction would be appreciated! Thank you.

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I'm a big fan of Autodesk Fusion 360 (free for startups and hobbyists):

http://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360

Includes thermal simulation and thermal stress testing, Finite Element Analysis, etc:

http://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/featur...

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