From microscopy to Fem model

This is what i did today:

We wanted to be able to represent this metallic porous structure, in a FEM program. So we came up with this procedure:


Incase a sample of the porous material in epoxy resin. Grind it down. Take a microscopy. The image is about 0.5 mm wide.

Then apply a few filters, through CS3, and get the contours of the pores lined out



Then process the saved BMP image, through a converter, to a DXF file.


Import the DXF to SolidWorks, create a 3dmodel from the dxf as a sketch


Export the solid part to Proengineer, and use Mechanica to do FEM calculation:


When the process is streamlined, it will be possible to work out some of the “chain links”.


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