Hi, I'm a new member in this fora and I'd like to add a few wishings
to the wishlist. Since I'm working with CATIA V5 all day long at a
Nordic car manufacturer I've came across lots of things that would
benefit a lot from changing to an open format.
First of all, everything we do must be calculated for strength and
vibration and in the case of an engine or an air conditioning system
you must be certain that the flow is absolutely correct.
This implies that you eather fill up the company with lots of people
whos only task is calculating (i.e. calculating engineers) or you
(i.e. all other engineers) use the not so good built in calculating
function in CATIA and get results you can't use. All in all it comes
down to a matter of how many people do you need to engineer a thing?
If one engineer could do all the work in ONE application then you
would save millions and millions of piastres. But that you can only
achive if got EVERYTHING in ONE CAD-format!
This is why I plead to you to consider incorporating format for FEM
and light weight visualising and make it possible to run on computers
that are not so extremely expensive (i.e. smart coding).
As an example I've seen a demonstration of a FEM-program (force
distribution - i.e. vector fields) where a math professor had come up
with an algorithm that is so compact that he outperformed a hefty UNIX
computing cluster with an ordinary PC running LINUX!!! The company is
My point is; if this professor could invent such an algorithm it
shouldn't be a impossible to find someone who could do the same for
Sorry to say, I'm just a simple engineer...