FreeCAD 0.17 another good step forward

The new FreeCad version that will be out, will introduce quite a few big improvements on many areas, however I will be focusing on the FEM toolbar since this version has a great number of changes. Still I have to comment that when we now go to the Part design drop down menu I saw something which made me happy. I got a strange feeling that I was working with CREO or Unigraphics where we see the base planes and can start a sketch on any one of these. This little change is a huge step forward in making it easier to work with FreeCAD.

FreeCad 0.17 Geometry
FreeCad 0.17 Geometry
FreeCad 0.16 Geometry
FreeCad 0.16 Geometry

Going now to the FEM menu. What is different can you spot it?

FreeCad 0.17 FEM Toolbar
FreeCad 0.17 FEM Toolbar
FreeCad 0.16 FEM Toolbar
FreeCad 0.16 FEM Toolbar

More icons certainly are noticiable. Fluid dynamics seems to be integrated aswell as Non linear material behaviour (looks like strain hardening tangent method), part to part contact definition and thermal boundary conditions.
We can use two meshing applications just by clicking a button for NetGen or Gmsh.

FreeCad 0.17 Meshing Options
FreeCad 0.17 Meshing Options

The boundary conditions are easy to make just like before you select a specific entity and define it. This time around we get more types of boundaryconditions for structural, thermal and fluidic problems.

FreeCad 0.17 Boundary Conditions
FreeCad 0.17 Boundary Conditions

The NetGen mesh worked smoothly, got no issues.

FreeCad 0.17 NetGen Meshing
FreeCad 0.17 NetGen Meshing

The Gmsh mesh was also easy to use and generated a tet mesh with no issues.

FreeCad 0.17 Gmsh Meshing
FreeCad 0.17 Gmsh Meshing

There are more options to explore like mesh boundary layer which I haven’t tried it yet on this new version.

FreeCad 0.17 FEM mesh boundary layer
FreeCad 0.17 FEM mesh boundary layer

This version also boost result viewing with more result types and scoping zones.

FreeCAD 0.17 FEM Results
FreeCAD 0.17 FEM Results
FreeCad 0.17 Improved solution scoping
FreeCad 0.17 Improved solution scoping

Where to get freeCAD 0.17 with FEM? You can get binaries here:

https://github.com/FreeCAD/FreeCAD/releases/

And here more specifically here
https://github.com/FreeCAD/FreeCAD/releases/tag/0.17_pre

If you use a Ubuntu distribution I recomend adding a repository which makes everything som uch easyier!

Daily updated 0.17
https://launchpad.net/~freecad-maintainers/+archive/ubuntu/freecad-daily