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Ansoft Releases Free Version of Maxwell Software

Ansoft Corp. has launched a new campaign to expand the use of its electromagnetic and electrostatic simulation software by offering a free subset of the company's commercially available Maxwell 2D.

The software, marketed as Maxwell SV, contains advanced 2D electric fields, ac/dc magnetic fields, and eddy-current solvers that engineering design professionals, professors, and students use to design components such as sensors, actuators, motors, and transformers.

"When I founded Ansoft 18 years ago, I believed that electromagnetic field simulation would become increasingly important to mainstream electrical design," said Zoltan Cendes, Ansoft's chairman and chief technology officer.

"That vision is truer today than ever before. And we're accelerating this trend by offering a free version of software that is already widely used in the industry. I fully expect that many more practicing engineers will download the software for their daily work."

With the free download, users around the world have access to premium electronic design automation (EDA) software that can calculate electrical quantities, including force, torque, inductance, capacitance, and resistance. The software also features a graphical post processor for field visualization.

Maxwell SV's key features include:

  • 2D electric field simulation
  • 2D dc magnetic field simulation
  • 2D ac magnetic field simulation
  • Graphical 2D modeler and post processor
  • Automatic, adaptive meshing
  • Material database
  • DXF/DWG file import

To download Maxwell SV and related documentation, visit or

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