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kingjewel1 April 7, 2012 04:15

Which cheap/good software for geometry creation?
I'm looking for a new piece of software for geometry creation because DM is too frustrating to use over an internet connection (we use remote desktop). I'd like to install a program on my PC so that restricts the software range a little: it has to be cheap(ish) and available under a student license.

What can you recommend? Autocad, Solidworks, etc?:)


pavilion April 7, 2012 05:08


I recommend you to use SolidWorks regardless of price.
In fact there are many features must be compared in order to make a good decision.
for detailled information read this link:

:) pavilion :)

kingjewel1 April 7, 2012 05:14

What's bothering me a bit is whether Solidworks could create the 3D fluid domain directly or would I have to create the structure and then extract it in DM?:)

pavilion April 7, 2012 05:17

In my opinion the best powerful feature of SolidWorks is the flexibility and ease to edit the 2D sketch, by changing only the dimensions which is not the case in AutoCad (as I think - maybe later AutoCad versions have this feature)
2D Sketch is the base for 3D drawing in both SolidWorks and Autocad and all CAD Softwares...


:) pavilion :)

kingjewel1 April 10, 2012 11:43

This FreeCAD sofware looks a lot like Solidworks.

Has anyone had good experiences here?

Now I'm mainly left looking for a versatile mesher for hex and tet, structured and unstructured.

Salomé MECA come to mind, but haven't tried it. Good?

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