Hi guys, you all know a lot about CAD and related software so I'll ask for your advice.
To get you in context:
I want to draw just a chassis so I can analyze it with FEA software.
I say just a chassis, so we all understand that the only thing I need to do with the software I choose is put (mostly)squared steel tubes. This is for a cobra I'm building with my dad.
I have already discarded SolidWords. I made a chassis with it and then have a zillion problems meshing it because the joints were really bad, gave me lots of problems.
I can get from my university proE, Solid Edge, and Catia.
I have no problem learning any software if it's difficult. I'm willing to learn.(EDIT: I'm in holidays until march)
What I'm looking for is a software where I can draw the sketch of the chassis, convert the lines to steel tubes, and then do some FEA testing. Or something like that.
For your concern, the chassis is oversized for safety. I want to do FEA testing (although I know the results have to be taken with care, I'm by no means a professional) in part to learn, to see where are the weak points of the chassis. Not to see how stiff it is, but to locate the weak points.
I appreciate all kind of opinions and hope some of you will guide me to the best soft.
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