Pointwise Version 17
Pointwise Version 17 now is available for production use. This major release includes more than two dozen new features. The two most notable new features are the volume mesh implementation of the T-Rex hybrid meshing technique and the ability to read native CAD files.
You can rapidly come up to speed on this latest release of our meshing software by participating in an upcoming three-part webinar series. Keep reading for information about the webinars.
An Advanced Implementation of T-Rex
Pointwise's implementation of T-Rex (anisotropic tetrahedral extrusion) for hybrid mesh generation has advanced beyond what you may be used to from Gridgen. Of course, the T-Rex technique still is a highly automated method for generating a mesh that resolves boundary layers, wakes, and other phenomena in viscous flows. The technique extrudes layers of high quality (right angle included) tetrahedra from a wall or other boundary while optimizing the mesh's quality and avoiding collisions with other extruding layers. An optional post-processing step reduces cell count significantly by combining the layers of tets into layers of prisms. The key differentiator from Gridgen's T-Rex is a feature called “Push Attributes” that automatically enforces consistency of the volume and surface meshes, something Gridgen users have to perform manually.
Native CAD Readers
Native CAD readers for ACIS, CATIA V4, CATIA V5, NX, Parasolid, Pro/ENGINEER, SolidWorks, and STEP are bundled with every Pointwise license. These readers do not require a license of the CAD software to work and give you a direct path from CAD software to Pointwise, rather than using IGES as an intermediate step.
Pointwise Version 17 contains many other great features that cover the gamut from meshing tools to convenience features. Here's a partial list in no particular order.
Special Webinar Series Introducing the Latest Meshing Productivity Enhancements in Pointwise
One webinar wouldn't be enough to show you all these new features. That's why we're hosting a series of three webinars to introduce the new capabilities in Pointwise Version 17.
Getting Started with Pointwise
28 March at 11:00 a.m. CDT
If you haven't used Pointwise before or you are a Gridgen user, this webinar will familiarize you with Pointwise's meshing terminology, the user interface, and the general meshing process. We'll even point you to where you can get more information and training materials.
More information is available on the Getting Started with Pointwise webinar page.
Unstructured Viscous Boundary Layer Meshing: T-Rex
4 April at 11:00 a.m. CDT
For the complex geometries encountered in modern analyses, creating boundary layer resolved meshes can be tedious and error prone, often leaving the engineer with less than satisfactory meshes. Pointwise's anisotropic tetrahedral extrusion method, aka T-Rex, is a robust and highly automated method for creating unstructured boundary layer meshes on complex geometries.
More information is available on the Unstructured Viscous Boundary Layer Meshing: T-Rex webinar page.
What's New in Pointwise
11 April at 11:00 a.m. CDT
Pointwise is functionally equivalent to our legacy software, Gridgen. However, Pointwise contains many new capabilities that Gridgen does not. This webinar highlights the major new features that make Pointwise our next generation mesher.
More information is available on the What's New in Pointwise webinar page.
Register Today for All Three Webinars
Register today for all three webinars to ensure you get the most out of this new software release.