Related question: does anyone know Prof. Gerald Recktenwald in the MME
department and can put me in touch with him? Based on the MME department
website he seems like he has extremely relevant expertise I would like to

On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 5:04 PM Aaron Baker <> wrote:

> I need some ME or CS expertise in the CubeSat thermal project.
> *Background: *
> I'm trying to build some pile of packages, preferably open source, that
> will let me build a moderately detailed model of a satellite (on the level
> of having internals represented in a simple way, like chips and resistors
> as boxes and cylinders), then turn that into a mesh that I can do FEA on.
> These will probably need to be three different packages - a modeling
> program, a meshing program, and a solver - but if they're open source or
> have open APIs I can easily write interfaces and so on that will make a
> pipe between the three.
> *Question:*
> Anyway, after doing my research I've found there are a lot of free CAD
> programs that are about equally meh. One of the big differentiators is the
> file formats they support, and that also matters to me because it
> determines the overall difficulty of the steps I have to take to build the
> pipe. A format that only supports the features I want would be ideal.
> Basically I just need something slightly more complicated than STL files.
> Almost pure geometric meshes that also can store flags and variables for
> edges and vertices (stuff like thermal conductivity, sink/source, thermal
> mass).
> Any ideas?
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