CalculiX Posts on structural.wordpress.com
I’ve started a series about the stunning CalculiX FEA software in Russian:
When it will be over, I think I’ll compile a kind of lecture notes about how to use CalculiX efficiently. There is a heck to be done there; for example, I’m already dreaming of an AutoCAD – based preprocessor to make large models and a postprocessor to manipulate results.
One thing that CalculiX lacks to become a killer tool for structural engineering is a complete absence of any design modules. As you get the “raw” FE solution, you’re on your own to the most work-consuming part – actual design.
If we take any AutoCAD clone for say US$600 and make it work as pre/post for CalculiX, we practically get an ANSYS – level structural FE solution for less than thousand bucks. Lot to think about.