I think the best thing in the open world right this second is probably
FreeCAD. It has a fair amount of file format support. And is slowly
getting better as a program.


-Nathan

On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 6:14 PM, Aaron Baker <bitmapve...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
> borrow.
>
> On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 5:04 PM Aaron Baker <bitmapve...@gmail.com> 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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