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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 02-13-2014, 07:51 AM
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CAD/CAM Models and Profiles

Hi guys, looking to see if anyone knows where I would be able to (if I am able to) get CAD models for any of the E46 BMWs, I don't plan on CADing it myself so this would be a great help. Cheers
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:18 AM
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Probably BMW never gave those out.
Maybe possibly could find some individual parts but i don't believe you can get whole car in CAD/CAM model.
If you're planning to make some parts yourself, you probably need to make model according real part.
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Old 02-13-2014, 01:21 PM
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What are you planning anyway?
CAM would be some way how to make custom parts, or similar parts in higher quality material. Thought of it myself sometime, but should have clear vision what to want, because stuff isn't completely free, even when making it yourself.
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http://www.3dcadbrowser.com/3dmodels.aspx?word=bmw
http://grabcad.com/library/bmw-m3-e46/files/m3_e46.3dm

I used to have a shell surface model for general overall FEA but I lost that years ago. What are you trying to accomplish? You may be able to get an e46 die-cast model and 3D scan/scale it.
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:35 AM
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Well I have a few ideas in mind atm, but gotta get the models in first to see how viable they are. Thinking i might do some myself in Ricardo wave or something similar to help model some of my flows! also lookin at how hard it would be to mount an M43B16 into an F4 style car, most likely taking two of the cylinders out the achieve this. Maybe not the most worthwhile idea but would be top notch if it worked.
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:36 AM
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some of those models are minted Gryphon cheers for the link
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:09 AM
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solidworks models would be top cant get a full free version of ricardo atm so back onto solidworks lol
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For fluidics I'd recomend Fluent or Gambit if you can get your hands on it, but they're pretty specialized. Most of my time was spent with Pro-Engineer/Pro-Mechanica, Solidworks, Ideas MS, and a hell of a lot of Ansys.
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Never tried Fluent or Gambit, how is their GUI in comparison to Solidworks like are they user friendly or do u have to be a pro? Also do you think id b able to get a free version of either on a student licence or something similar or did u have to pay the full whack lol
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Never tried Fluent or Gambit, how is their GUI in comparison to Solidworks like are they user friendly or do u have to be a pro? Also do you think id b able to get a free version of either on a student licence or something similar or did u have to pay the full whack lol
I would not consider them "user friendly" compared to Solidworks/Pro-E but they are powerhouse computational programs. Ansys I prefer for single component FEA, Pro-Mechanica for assemblies.
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