Capability: LapFEA 2011 allows designers to investigate their design concept's response to applied loads and constraints. The tool predicts stresses, displacements, and modal frequencies using its integrated finite-element method based solver. A new capability supports rapid prototyping needs by automatically generating stereolithography, or STL, files. Additionally, LapFEA continues to serve as a front-end for Nastran for both pre- and post-processing. Supported file formats include: Bulkdata, DXF, F06, IGES, MDL, ST, STL, WMF, and EMF. Supported FEM elements include: CBAR, CTria3, CQuad4, CTetra, CPenta, and CHexa. Supported environments include: SPC, Force, Moment, PLoad2, PLoad4, and GRAV.
Hardware: PC running the Windows operating system.
Developer: Lapcad Engineering Inc., 8305 Viekers St., Ste. 202, San Diego, CA 92111-2111, (858) 467-1947, fax (858) 496-1470; www.lapcad.com.
Cost: $1,000 to $1,500.
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