Pointwise and CADNexus Announce CAPRI CAE Gateway Interface to Gridgen

FORT WORTH, TX (16 May 2007) – Pointwise and CADNexus announce the release of the CAPRI2NMB interface between CADNexus' CAPRI CAE Gateway and Pointwise's Gridgen meshing software.

"CADNexus' software provides Gridgen users with a new technique for acquiring CAD data for mesh generation" said John Chawner, Pointwise's president. "CAPRI has earned a great reputation for providing translation-free, direct access to CAD geometry and now those features are available to Gridgen users. In addition, CAPRI provides direct access to Solidworks, Parasolid, STEP, and OpenCASCADE, features not available with Gridgen's current CAD interfaces."

CAPRI2NMB is a CAPRI CAE Gateway application working directly with a CAD system's native kernel. CAPRI2NMB produces Gridgen's native geometry files automatically by direct queries into the CAD model. The NMB file is then simply imported into Gridgen. CAPRI2NMB complements Gridgen's Native CAD Readers that read CAD native files and Gridgen's built-in IGES import.

"Gridgen is the premier multi-disciplinary mesh generation software and CADNexus is excited to partner with Pointwise to provide an integrated solution for design and analysis," said Ali Merchant, CADNexus' president. "Gridgen's powerful scripting capability combined with CADNexus' bidirectional, fully-associative, CAD link can enable engineers to automate the design and analysis process."

CADNexus supports CATIA V5, Pro/ENGINEER, UG NX, and SolidWorks parametric CAD systems, and Parasolid and OpenCASCADE geometry kernels.

Pointwise, Inc. is solving the top problem facing engineering analysts today: mesh generation for computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Pointwise's Gridgen software generates structured, unstructured, and hybrid meshes; interfaces with CFD solvers such as FLUENT, STAR-CD, and ANSYS CFX as well as many neutral formats such as CGNS; runs on Windows (Intel and AMD), Linux (Intel and AMD), Mac, and Unix; and has a scripting language that can automate CFD meshing. Large manufacturing firms and research organizations worldwide rely on Gridgen as their complete CFD preprocessing toolkit. More information about Gridgen is available on Pointwise's website, www.pointwise.com.

CADNexus provides vendor-independent CAD-to-CAE integration solutions to companies that rely heavily on simulation-driven design to improve product quality, accelerate time to market, and reduce engineering inefficiencies and costs. CADNexus was founded in 2004 out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is privately held, and employs some of the world's leading experts in computational geometry, simulation-based design systems, and parallel computing. CADNexus sells direct to industry and through VAR channel partnerships with ANSYS and MSC Software in the United States, and Myrtos Corporation in Asia. More information about CADNexus is available on CADNexus' website, www.cadnexus.com.

Pointwise and Gridgen are registered trademarks and GridgenGlyph is a trademark of Pointwise, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owner.