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by brlcad
Sat Feb 01, 2014 3:21 pm
Forum: Developers corner
Topic: 2014 Google Summer of Code
Replies: 38
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Re: 2014 Google Summer of Code

BRL-CAD uses STEPcode, and FreeCAD is investigating using it for higher-level data along with the OCC translator for geometric shapes. (FYI, I have been in contact with the OCC team, and they would be interested in using STEPcode if it provided them improvements with large files. Paviot from OCE sa...
by brlcad
Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:17 pm
Forum: Developers corner
Topic: 2014 Google Summer of Code
Replies: 38
Views: 9516

Re: 2014 Google Summer of Code

Ok, thats a very special niche you have there. Besides high energy particle physics, radar perception and nuclear explosions I know no use-case for engineering? I work in the automotive field and our main simulation instrument nowadays are FEA. Astute observation. There actually are many other use-...
by brlcad
Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:05 pm
Forum: Developers corner
Topic: 2014 Google Summer of Code
Replies: 38
Views: 9516

Re: 2014 Google Summer of Code

Does that mean that you also support importing files in 3DM format? Yes, in fact our in-memory representation is actually openNURBS format too. A 3DM import is literally "pack this 3DM data into our file". We use their routines to read/write the data and their API for interpreting/creating/modifyin...
by brlcad
Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:50 am
Forum: Developers corner
Topic: 2014 Google Summer of Code
Replies: 38
Views: 9516

Re: 2014 Google Summer of Code

One of our long-term objectives is to create a stand-alone geometry kernel that is viable replacement for acis, granite, parasolid, cnext, etc. Raw capability-wise, we're actually almost there. Ok, I am listening! Any pointers for exploring the brep geometric capabilities of the brl-cad api? Apprec...
by brlcad
Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:30 pm
Forum: Developers corner
Topic: 2014 Google Summer of Code
Replies: 38
Views: 9516

Re: 2014 Google Summer of Code

Is there any chance you could elaborate? I am interested for myself, but it would also be good to know if BRL can do something that FreeCAD can't, so we could direct anyone asking for that functionality to BRL. :) Jim, there are two areas in particular where we're fairly unparalleled. Geometry repr...
by brlcad
Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:59 pm
Forum: Developers corner
Topic: 2014 Google Summer of Code
Replies: 38
Views: 9516

Re: 2014 Google Summer of Code

Sean, what you said about BRL-CAD is very intriguing. Did I understand correctly, 10 man-years are put into developing BRL-CAD every year? :shock: I assume some companies (or government agencies?) are financing BRL-CAD's development? Yes. Development was initiated and has continued uninterrupted si...
by brlcad
Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:24 pm
Forum: Developers corner
Topic: 2014 Google Summer of Code
Replies: 38
Views: 9516

Re: 2014 Google Summer of Code

Apologies in advance on the length! I'm in awe at the amount of incorrect misinformation attributed to BRL-CAD, but this is very educational as it is an outsider CAx group perspective. Thanks to everyone that responded thus far. As jreinhardt noted, this is interesting albeit somewhat off-topic to t...
by brlcad
Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:11 am
Forum: Developers corner
Topic: 2014 Google Summer of Code
Replies: 38
Views: 9516

2014 Google Summer of Code

I know most everyone here is probably at least peripherally familiar with BRL-CAD, so I'll skip an elaborate introduction. I'm the project lead and I'm hoping to collaborate more than we've done in the past. Towards that end I'm wondering if there's any interest amongst FreeCAD core developers to pa...

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