Inventor General Discussion

Inventor General Discussion

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*Bryan, Jason
Message 1 of 8 (147 Views)

FEA Packages for Inventor??

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12-16-2002 04:07 AM
Does anyone out there know of a good FEA software package for use with
Inventor? I am looking for something to use for a small business. Nothing
really expensive like Algor. I just need something simple to use that is
sort of cheap but a good package.

Thanks,

Jason
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rllthomas
Posts: 2,068
Registered: ‎12-10-2003
Message 2 of 8 (147 Views)

Re: FEA Packages for Inventor??

12-16-2002 04:11 AM in reply to: *Bryan, Jason
We use COSMOS/DesignStar 3.X. The Inventor integration often causes it to crash so you are better of exporting the file and importing it. It is pretty easy to use, but can be VERY slow. I suspect it isn't the most sophisticated FEA package on the market. To be honest I don't use it much, I never have the time to learn it real well and have found that if you don't know it real well your results are suspect. I don't have any experience with other packages to compare. Well OK we had Algor for DOS long ago, complete with CGA graphics ....
Rich Thomas
*Dotson, Sean
Message 3 of 8 (147 Views)

Re: FEA Packages for Inventor??

12-16-2002 04:12 AM in reply to: *Bryan, Jason
DesignSpace from Ansys. Easy to use and it interfaces directly with
Inventor.

http://www.ansys.com/ansys/designspace.htm

you can get a 30 day trial from this page as well. Not sure if the R6
update is out yet but at the least you can save as SAT and import from
there.

--
Sean Dotson, PE
http://www.sdotson.com
Check the Inventor FAQ for most common questions
http://www.sdotson.com/faq.html
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"Jason Bryan" wrote in message
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> Does anyone out there know of a good FEA software package for use with
> Inventor? I am looking for something to use for a small business.
Nothing
> really expensive like Algor. I just need something simple to use that is
> sort of cheap but a good package.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Jason
>
>
*Autodesk\
Message 4 of 8 (147 Views)

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12-16-2002 04:46 AM in reply to: *Bryan, Jason
Hi Rich,

 

Take a look on the Inventor Certified Partner
Applications.

 


 

All the best,

 


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We
use COSMOS/DesignStar 3.X. The Inventor integration often causes it to crash
so you are better of exporting the file and importing it. It is pretty easy to
use, but can be VERY slow. I suspect it isn't the most sophisticated FEA
package on the market. To be honest I don't use it much, I never have the time
to learn it real well and have found that if you don't know it real well your
results are suspect. I don't have any experience with other packages to
compare. Well OK we had Algor for DOS long ago, complete with CGA graphics
....
Rich Thomas
*Bryan, Jason
Message 5 of 8 (147 Views)

Re: FEA Packages for Inventor??

12-16-2002 05:02 AM in reply to: *Bryan, Jason
Has anyone used Lisa with Inventor?
http://www.lisa-fet.com/index1024.htm

"Jason Bryan" wrote in message
news:B1CA35F3D4A68E931A706DB9B43322B8@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
> Does anyone out there know of a good FEA software package for use with
> Inventor? I am looking for something to use for a small business.
Nothing
> really expensive like Algor. I just need something simple to use that is
> sort of cheap but a good package.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Jason
>
>
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boilerchip
Posts: 98
Registered: ‎11-24-2003
Message 6 of 8 (147 Views)

Re:

12-16-2002 08:38 PM in reply to: *Bryan, Jason
I used a trial of designspace about a month ago. It's pretty cool. Easy to learn and fairly quick to run solutions. Thats about all I did for a month. I got decent on it. Picked it up with a little help from the "help" lines at ansys in no time. I advise no one to buy FEA programs that can't calculate at least the most basic stress analysis problems by hand though. I have done quite a bit by hand, and I still almost let some screwed up solutions slide by. There are infinite ways to get bad results.
*Dotson, Sean
Message 7 of 8 (147 Views)

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12-16-2002 09:03 PM in reply to: *Bryan, Jason
"I advise no
one to buy FEA programs that can't calculate at least the most basic stress
analysis problems by hand though. I have done quite a bit by hand, and I still
almost let some screwed up solutions slide by. There are infinite ways to get
bad results."

 

This is so true.  One of the things I was
taught in college is that you had better know the approx solution before running
an FEA.  It's basic function is to "back up" your theory.  I've lived
by that rule to this day.


--
Sean Dotson, PE

href="http://www.sdotson.com">http://www.sdotson.com

Check the Inventor
FAQ for most common questions

href="http://www.sdotson.com/faq.html">http://www.sdotson.com/faq.html

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I
used a trial of designspace about a month ago. It's pretty cool. Easy to learn
and fairly quick to run solutions. Thats about all I did for a month. I got
decent on it. Picked it up with a little help from the "help" lines at ansys
in no time. I advise no one to buy FEA programs that can't calculate at least
the most basic stress analysis problems by hand though. I have done quite a
bit by hand, and I still almost let some screwed up solutions slide by. There
are infinite ways to get bad results.
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rllthomas
Posts: 2,068
Registered: ‎12-10-2003
Message 8 of 8 (147 Views)

Re:

12-16-2002 10:45 PM in reply to: *Bryan, Jason
I was actually opposed to us purchasing an FEA package with a floating license and rolling it out to anybody and their brother for just that reason. I lot the argument :smileyhappy: - Rich Thomas
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