I want to compare MapleSim (Maplesoft) to SimMechanics (Mathworks) what should my criteria of comparison be?

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    $\begingroup$ Although this is a list question, it does seem reasonably well constrained and the first answer looks like it might be useful. $\endgroup$
    – Mark Booth
    Commented Nov 1, 2017 at 11:20

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I think the most important criteria are

  • the purpose of your simulator (do you need contact physics? how complex are your models? )

  • your fluency in both solutions

  • the size and quality of the documentation/community

  • is the code you are going to write for the simulator re-usable for real system ?

  • what is the licencing policy of the simulator (and its price)

In general there is no magic simulator, each comes with its drawbacks and plus. So the choice of a simulator is a compromise between your needs and the solutions available on the market.


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