Gridgen Version 13 Enters Beta Test Period

Upcoming Release Features Tri/Tet Meshing and Grid Quality Diagnostics

FORT WORTH, TX (18 May 1998) – Pointwise, Inc. today began shipping Gridgen Version 13 to its Beta testers.  After a thorough testing period of the software's new features, which include triangular surface meshing, tetrahedral volume meshing, and grid quality computation and display, Gridgen Version 13 will be released to clients and new prospects for evaluation.

"This is the most excited I've ever been about a new Gridgen release", said John Chawner, Pointwise's president.  "Gridgen Version 13 represents the culmination of years of development, the result of which is a tightly integrated mesher for both structured and unstructured meshes.  Now that Gridgen can deliver tri/tet meshes, the software's recognized ease of use and high quality results will benefit more engineers."

Gridgen's triangular surface mesher allows the user to control several mesh quality parameters while meshing across one or more trimmed NURB surfaces.  Gridgen's tetrahedral volume mesher has been developed in cooperation with Geometricon, L.L.C, which is headed by Dr. Timothy Baker from Princeton University, a world recognized expert in unstructured meshing.  Dr. John Steinbrenner, Pointwise's Vice President of Research and Development notes that "by combining Geometricon's technical expertise with Pointwise's ability to deliver technology as a practical tool, the users come out ahead.  They get the benefits of quality meshes that are easy to generate."

Version 13 also contains a new feature that lets the user graphically examine several grid quality measures in order to assess the quality of his or her grid.  "Instead of just focusing on the gee-whiz color pictures that can be made, Gridgen's diagnostic functions have been built so that the user's grid criteria can be entered and Gridgen will indicate the meshes that don't make the grade", said Steinbrenner.  "This is another example of how Gridgen delivers high technology packaged in a useful way."

Pointwise, Inc. is a premier supplier of grid generation software and services for the computational analysis community.  In addition to developing, supporting, and marketing the Gridgen product family, the company is involved in numerous research and software development projects related to numerical grid generation.  Further information on Gridgen can be obtained from Pointwise's World Wide Web site,