That was one I was looking at closely. Have you used it at all? I'm trying
to figure out if I can add custom properties to objects through the Python
interface. I've seen some documentation that suggests that should be
possible.

On Thu, Aug 13, 2015, 1:03 PM Nathan Bergey <nathan.ber...@gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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