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M3d Free Finite Element Software

Version 3 just Released (25/10/2014):-

New node  & element  grouping tools;

Nastran OP2 import;

Support for layered results (composites) and

New M3d basics user guide.


Download the M3d free Finite Element Modeller Here

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Finite Element Modeller Updates
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M3d Basics
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M3d Finite Element Meshes
M3d Release Notes


The M3d Finite Element Modeller was not initially designed as a general Finite Element modelling tool and as such, at present, does not offer all the functionality of a commercial package. The whole essence of M3d is that it can be rapidly customised  to provide a bespoke software solution to a particular engineering process. 

The benefits of using an M3d software solution over a commercial general software package are:-

No licence fee, you own the solution;

Rapid software development;


You get a software solution which exactly fits your needs and

Extremely fast executing, saving you man hours on repetitive tasks.

The main uses of an M3d software solution have been:-

To automate repetitive modelling tasks;

Provide new analysis methods (mainly composites);

Data extraction and manipulation and

Provide software interfaces for Excel


M3d is written in object orientated C++ and this makes it easily adaptable for solving bespoke problems. The code is totally self contained and has no reliance on third party modules.

The Finite Element Modeller also has an API interface which means it can be driven remotely from an Excel workbook to automate repetitive tasks. It also retains a command line input so can also simply be driven by cutting and pasting a text file of commands.


M3d has a wide range of general modelling tools for the creation of surface and finite element models. 

M3d Modeller Features include:-

OpenGL rendering;

Dynamic viewing;

Wireframe drawing tools;

Finite Element modelling tools;

Surfacing tools;

Finite Element solver;

Ideas Universal file import;

Nastran import;

Limited IGES import (WIP);

Finite Element assembly modelling and

Automation API interface.

M3d also has a finite element solver for the development of bespoke process solutions.

Elements include:-

2d serendipity linear  quad and tri elements;

2d serendipity linear axi-symetric quad element;

3d serendipity tetrahedral, wedge and brick elements;

Beam & rod finite elements and

3d Mindlin plate element.


Download the M3d Free Finite Element Software here.

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