Visual Components

What is Visual Components?

Visual Components offers a complete toolkit from manufacturing planning to industrial automation with a powerful and easy-to-use 3D simulation software. With over 20 years in business, Visual Components is one of the pioneers of the 3D manufacturing simulation industry. Visual Components started with a humble goal – to make manufacturing design and simulation technology easy to use and accessible to manufacturing organizations of all sizes and has retained the same philosophy in their product.

Who Uses Visual Components?

Designed for manufacturers, machine or robot builders, and system integrators, it helps view material textures, configure layouts, and analyze collisions while designing visual components.

Where can Visual Components be deployed?

Windows (Desktop), Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile)

About the vendor

  • Visual Components
  • Founded in 1999

Countries available

Finland

Languages

Not provided by vendor

Visual Components pricing

Starting Price:

Not provided by vendor
  • Yes, has free trial
  • No free version

Visual Components does not have a free version but does offer a free trial.

About the vendor

  • Visual Components
  • Founded in 1999

Countries available

Finland

Languages

Not provided by vendor

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Features of Visual Components

  • 3D Imaging
  • Agent-Based Modeling
  • Direct Manipulation
  • Discrete Event Modeling
  • Dynamic Modeling
  • Graphical Data Presentation
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Presentation Tools
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Stochastic Modeling

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Reviews of Visual Components

Average score

Overall
4.2
Ease of Use
4.2
Customer Service
4.4
Features
4.2
Value for Money
4.1

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001

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5
44%
4
44%
2
11%
Erik A.
Project Manager, Simulation & Visualisation in Sweden
Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

A Swedish review of Visual Components

5 8 months ago

Comments: Very positive

Pros:

The versatility of the software has been a pleasant surprise. It has a lot of functionality and you can program pretty much anything in Python. There is also a vibrant community that has made great addons.

Cons:

Sometimes the CAD import requires some additional work, it often help to go through CAD softwares, but that takes a bit more time.

Andreas A.
Technical sales support in Sweden
Industrial Automation, 201-500 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Versatile simulation software with unsurpassed CAD data support

4 8 months ago

Comments: The software helps me to quickly extract different components and create a preliminary layout. It wasn't until recently I really understood the importance of defining the components. If you put in the extra time to create frames in the right places of the component then the software will do a lot of the grunt work for you, and there are great tools for snapping and aligning that speeds up the process. Creating custom components has become increasingly easier the last couple of years and the programming of the components is really visual and hands on. I think one pretty unique thing that separates Visual Components from other simulation software is that it's being used in such a wide variety of applications, and even though some scenarios don't exist "out of the box" they're usually possible to script thanks to the API.

Pros:

You can throw basically any CAD model into the software and it will handle it with ease. The CAD data simplification tools are easy to use and can drastically increase simulation performance. Being able to present layouts and simulations in 3D PDFs, high quality renderings or lightweight animation format makes it easy to distribute content to anyone.

Cons:

One could wish that the user interface would become a bit more responsive. I usually experience a slight latency when switching between tabs and that can get a bit frustrating when a certain task requires a lot of back and forth between tabs.

Verified Reviewer
Industrial Engineer II in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, 1,001-5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

Does less than we hoped

2 3 years ago

Pros:

Easily drop in Solidworks models and get a true sense of the layout vs. 2D AutoCAD. We purchased VR goggles so the user can be "dropped into" the cell to feel it out. We attended a training and it really helped us get up and going.

Cons:

Animating the cell takes more time invested than the reward reaped from seeing it animated. The data we need is better gathered from a 2D simulation vs. a 3D so that it is more accurate/exact. Also the female operator wears heels, has an inch of midriff showing, and a large chest - it is weird.

Miha P.
Researcher in Slovenia
Education Management, 201-500 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

Education and industry use

4 8 months ago

Pros:

The software has the best 3D user interface and exellent tools for programing of production logic.

Cons:

Since it is 3D can run slow in you progra it to calculate different what-if scenarios.

Toni L.
Project manager / Lecturer in Finland
Research, 201-500 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Long-time user review

4 8 months ago

Comments: We've been using Visual Components products for over a decade and have been very satisfied with the software. We are using the software in research and development, education and training, and business cases with companies. Due to its multipurpose nature, we are continuously facing new possibilities where we can use Visual Components and achieve more sophisticated solutions.

Pros:

The overall flexibility and customizing possibilities make the software very powerful for various domains. High-level visual representation capabilities extend the software use range also to marketing and selling functions.

Cons:

Visual Components doesn't provide a standalone simulation model player. Therefore, if one wants to share a simulation model with a customer, and the customer needs to play simulation dynamically and change the parameters of the model, then the customer needs to purchase a license for the software. Only recorded 3D animations can be shared and played without additional costs.

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