Get involved in our efforts to advance rehabilitation science by downloading OpenSim. Since OpenSim was made available to the public in 2007, thousands of students and researchers have used it to perform biomechanical studies. Explore how it can enhance your research and participate in our community, learning from others and sharing your own knowledge.

 

1. Register with SimTK.org.

Your first step is to register on SimTK.org. OpenSim projects live here, and once registered you will be connected to thousands of like-minded engineers, scientists, and physicians.

2. Download OpenSim.

Next, download the OpenSim software by visiting the OpenSim downloads page.  An executable version that can be downloaded and quickly installed is available for Windows.  Application program interface (API) versions are available for developers on Windows, MacOS, and Linux.

3. Do the tutorials.

The fastest way to learn OpenSim is by going through the tutorials available on the OpenSim Examples Page:

Tutorial 1:  Introduction to Musculoskeletal Modeling

Tutorial 2:  Simulation and Analysis of a Tendon Transfer Surgery

Tutorial 3:  Scaling, Inverse Kinematics, and Inverse Dynamics

You'll also find a user guide, a developer’s guide, and many other resources for becoming familiar with OpenSim.

4. Deepen your knowledge.

Check out our Support page for information and materials to further advance your use of OpenSim, including:

  • New tutorials and examples
  • Additional models and simulation data
  • A list of upcoming events, including webinars and workshops

5. Join the conversation.

Share your ideas and get answers to your questions through the OpenSim discussion forums.

Create your own project on SimTK.org to easily share your research results.  This lets others build upon your work.  It’s good for the entire field, and for you personally, it can lead to more citations and collaborations!

You can find more information about creating and managing projects on SimTK.org in the site's Simtk user guide.

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News & Announcements

OpenSim-based Science Fair Project Wins First Place

Feb 26, 2014

Florida high school students Christopher Fregly and Brandon Kim took first place in the Physics and Astronomy category at the Alachua Regional Science Fair. Working with NASA, Fregly and Kim used the OpenSim software to predict simple ways that astronauts could modify the standard squat exercise to be more effective at maintaining muscle mass on the International Space Station. They will be going on to compete in the Florida State Science Fair in April and in the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May. Read more here

Apply for the 2014 Visiting Scholars Program

Dec 18, 2013

Applications for the NCSRR's Visiting Scholar program are now available.

NCSRR Pilot Project Winners Announced

Dec 15, 2013

The NCSRR is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 pilot project awards. See the full list of awardees.

OpenSim Project Wins a Duke's Choice Award

Sep 23, 2013

The Duke's Choice Awards from Oracle and the Java community honor organizations and developers for their creative and innovative uses of Java technology. Ayman Habib accepted the award on behalf of the OpenSim team at the recent JavaOne conference, attended by 60,000 people in San Francisco from September 22-26. Read more here.