My next challenge can be seen in these preliminary videos uploaded to my project's YouTube channel:
Being involved for a few years in this fascinating endeavor, I keep on finding The Big Divide in 3D apps:
(a) Hollywood Types: 3ds Max, Maya, Blender and a long et cetera. What matters is looks and rendering speed.
(b) Manufacturing Types: SolidWorks, Inventor, CATIA, etc. Precision is of utmost importance.
After doing several "simulations" quote, unquote- of ballistics that belong in the former category, I decided that it is high time to roll my sleeves and perform some serious FEA/CFD simulations. I downloaded the Free Student version of ANSYS.
I thought I was all set, found a great guy in the Freelancer site. The apparently insurmountable obstacle seems to be this: all craniums models found in websites target the category (a) above. The expert tells me that for FEA/CFD purposes one of IGES, STEP or Parasolid is required.
I had great success exporting the vintage 1963 Mosler safe box seen here:
to the 3 acceptable formats and reading them into ANSYS.
Should I hire somebody to design a cranium from scratch in SolidWorks? There has to be a better way. :-(
-Ramon F. Herrera