Student Post: FreeCAD FEM Module Results

Dear Reader,

In accordance with my timeline, I have explored the capabilities of FreeCAD’s FEM Module along with other auxiliary modules in order to find a reliable software program that enables easy application and analysis of stress on a 3D object.

I explored the basic functionality on a trivial yet essential structure as shown in the following image:

Here were the displacement and stress results on individual nodes of the mesh:

In this test, I used auto generated nodes for the mesh. FreeCAD also appears to support more customized methods for defining structural nodes:

However, I’m still in the process of figuring this feature out. Also, I’m working on designing a specific 3D object that would be simple to stress test given a specific set of available equipment.

Stay tuned for updates.

Thanks for reading,

-Xiang

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