Are you tired of doing the same thing over and over again? Do you want to create a more automated and efficient workflow? We are now launching our educational material about the API functionality in FEM-Design with examples and videos on our Wiki.
For years, there has been API functionality in FEM-Design through the XML format struXML. However, we have noticed an increased interest among ordinary users for automated workflows involving programming. With this, we want to lower the threshold to get started with programming together with FEM-Design. We have done this by creating simple examples that can be downloaded and followed, step by step.
We have divided examples based on two overall approaches; change an existing file or create a file from scratch. The most common in parameter studies or similar analyses is to modify an already existing XML file. For this there are two examples on our Wiki The workflow will then be to create the model in FEM-Design and save it in struXML format. Then you enter the XML file and change the parameters of interest using programming.
Creating a file from scratch can be useful in an overall structural evaluation, for example to find the optimal shape for carrying a certain load, but also for generating often recurring geometry. Please visit the documentation of the API wrapper on WIKI.
We are also working on creating links to Dynamo and Grasshopper and hope to expand the Wiki with more information about this shortly. During autumn and winter there will also be several opportunities to attend courses aimed at automation and programming.
Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!