Simpleware Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


1. Can I request a free trial of Simpleware software?

Yes. You can request a free trial of the Simpleware software suite. Please visit our Trial Page to register for the trial.

2. Do you have any tutorials to learn how to use this trial version? 

Yes. We offer tutorials with the trial. The tutorials are a step-by-step guide of examples which will help you getting started using Simpleware software. The data used in these tutorials (as well as the tutorial itself) will be installed with the software.


1. What technical support does Simpleware offer its users?

We provide maintenance and technical support to users so long as you have a supported software license. We have a dedicated team of application engineers to respond rapidly to your questions.

2. What operating system platforms are supported? Is there a version that runs on Mac or Linux?

Our applications currently run on Windows and Linux systems. Please visit our System Requirements page for full details on all supported operating systems. Please note that Simpleware NURBS and Simpleware ScanIP Medical are not available in the Linux operating system.

3. What are the minimum technical requirements for installing Simpleware?

Please visit our System Requirements Page for full details on the minimum and recommended technical requirements.

4. What segmentation tools do you have?

Simpleware ScanIP offers a broad range of manual and semi-automated segmentation tools suitable for everyone from the casual to the expert user. Please visit our Simpleware ScanIP page for further details on our segmentation tools.

We also offer fully automated segmentation solutions for different human anatomies. Visit the Simpleware Automated Solutions page for further details.

5. What is the difference between Simpleware ScanIP and the add-on modules?  

Simpleware ScanIP "stand alone" offers an extensive selection of image processing tools for visualizing, measuring and segmenting regions of interest, as well as STL export. The add-on modules provide additional functionalities for:

  • Automated segmentation solutions (Simpleware AS Ortho/CMF, Simpleware AS Cardio 
    and Simpleware Custom Modeler modules)
  • CAD integration (Simpleware CAD module)
  • SOLIDWORKS® connectivity (Simpleware Design Link module)
  • FE/CFD mesh generation (Simpleware FE module)
  • NURBS export (Simpleware NURBS mdule)
  • Effective material property calculation (Simpleware SOLID, FLOW and LAPLACE modules)

Please visit the Software Overview Page to compare features of the different software modules.

6. Does Simpleware software have FDA/CE approval?

Simpleware ScanIP Medical has 510(k) marketing clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in the United States.

Simpleware ScanIP Medical has CE Marking.

Please visit our Regulatory Information Page for more details of certification.

Please note that only Simpleware ScanIP Medical is the recommended software for medical and/or clinical use. The general version of Simpleware ScanIP should only be used for non-clinical research purposes. It should not be used in any process where FDA or CE marking is required.


1. What services do you provide to customers?

We provide complete services for 3D model generation consultancy, software training, animation creation, and custom code development. See our Services pages for more details.

2. How much do you charge for service contracts?

We will assess each model on a case by case basis. Simply Contact us to discuss your requirements.

3. I do not have image data, do you provide imaging services as well?

Yes. We have access to MRI, CT and MicroCT imaging facilities to provide customized scans. In addition, we have a bank of image data available. Simply Contact us for further details.


1. What licensing options are available?

We provide different licenses for commercial and non-commercial use as well as teaching packages. Please visit the Simpleware Licensing Options page for further details.

2. Do you have academic/research prices?

Yes. We have different pricing options for commercial and non-commercial use. For a quotation, please simply contact us at One of our representatives will get in touch to discuss your requirements. 

3. How do I find my computer’s HostID?

The computer HostID (or mac address) is a unique identifier for your computer, all licenses (including trial licenses) are linked to a HostID. You can access your HostID by running the getmac command from the command prompt on windows. Please follow the steps below explaining the process: 

  1. Press the [Windows] + [R] keys. The “Run” window appears
  2. Type “cmd” and click “OK”. A command line window appears
  3. Type “getmac” and press [Enter]
  4. Highlight HostID information by using the mouse cursor and holding down the left mouse button. If more than one HostID is listed, select the first one.
  5. Only highlight the characters that make up the HostID, in the window this is labeled as Physical Address, for example D4-81-D7-27-C5-CA
  6. Press [Enter] (or [Ctrl]+[C]) to copy to the clipboard.
  7. Paste ([Ctrl]+[V]) the information into the "HostID" field.

Citing Simpleware

How should I cite Simpleware software in publications and presentations?

If you are using Simpleware software in a publication or abstract, the recommended citation style is as follows:

Examples when referring to image processing and the software in general:

"…Simpleware™ software (Version xx; Synopsys, Inc., Mountain View, USA) was used for…"

"MRI Images were obtained for image processing, segmentation and model reconstruction in Synopsys’ Simpleware™ software."

Examples when citing specific Simpleware software modules:

"…Simpleware™ ScanIP (Version xx; Synopsys, Inc., Mountain View, USA) was used for…"

"…Synopsys’ Simpleware™ ScanIP  was used for…"

"…Synopsys’ Simpleware™ AS Ortho module was used for…"

"…Synopsys’ Simpleware™ AS Cardio module was used for…"

"…Synopsys’ Simpleware™ Custom Modeler module was used for…"

"…Synopsys’ Simpleware™ FE module was used for…"

"…Synopsys’ Simpleware™ CAD module was used for…"

"…Synopsys’ Simpleware™ NURBS module was used for…"

"…Synopsys’ Simpleware™ Design Link module was used for…"

"…the Synopsys Simpleware™ Physics modules were used for…"

"…Synopsys’ Simpleware™ SOLID module was used for…"

"…Synopsys’ Simpleware™ FLOW module was used for…"

"…Synopsys’ Simpleware™ LAPLACe module was used for…"

An example of how to reference Simpleware software is as follows:

"CT images of the cardiovascular system of a 64-year old male patient were obtained for image processing, segmentation and model reconstruction in Synopsys’ Simpleware™ ScanIP, with the Simpleware CAD module used for positioning of the CAD geometry and the Simpleware FE module used for volumetric CFD mesh generation."

Referencing Simpleware software on websites and social media:

If hyperlinking to Simpleware from a website, please use

If tagging Simpleware on social media, please use the information on these accounts:

Please note: Simpleware™ is a trademark of Synopsys, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Please follow the Synopsys Trademark and Brand guidelines available at this URL: to ensure correct and consistent use of Synopsys’ trademarks.



1. Where can I find information on your current events such as workshops?

We organize workshops and webinars regularly. Please visit our News & Events page for further details on upcoming events.

If you want to schedule a Simpleware software workshop at your own facility? Please Contact us.

2. As a current user I would like to arrange training - how do I arrange this?

We offer classroom-style (introductory and advanced), as well as on-demand and bespoke training courses - run at Synopsys offices, at your site, or through web meetings. Our courses include a combination of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on tutorials. Please visit our Simpleware Training page for further details.

3. When is your next webinar?

Please visit our News & Events page for further details on upcoming webinars. We also have large selection of webinars-and technical webcasts available on-demand. Please visit our On-Demand Webinars and Technical Webcasts pages to watch these recordings at your convenience.

Any Questions?

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