Not exactly. For the current workflow, I am interested only in a surface meshing (this is the meaning of 'boundary': only the surfaces are used as elements). So I am interested in meshing 3D objects, as well as emply shells (representing interfaces between different materials). To this goal, GMSH
is more flexible, but it is far from having the design capabilities of FreeCAD; and in any case the Fem module has intrinsically all these functionality, since you provide access to the SMESH and Netgen capabilities.
So the idea here is to:
- write an import function for the FastCap / FasterCap
- as part of the previous point, manage also the format import including the simulation results (each element gets a scalar value)
- be able to launch a simulation
with the above, I cover more or less the basic functionality that you can see in this short video tutorial
but having FreeCAD behind, we can also import structures (e.g. Integrated Circuit package models) or desing them, so next step features are:
- be able to assign material properties
- mesh the surfaces with a mesh as coarse as possible, but with a certain quality (no small angles, etc.)
- export the mesh with the material annotations in FastCap / FasterCap format
Plus, going on:
- import GDSII format (IC designs) and manipulate it
What do you think?