Gridgen for Windows® Released

FORT WORTH, TX (3 November 1998) – Pointwise today released the first version of its popular Gridgen CFD and FEA preprocessing software for computers running the Windows 95/98 and Windows NT operating systems.  Previous versions of Gridgen ran only on Unix workstations.

The Windows version of Gridgen integrates seamlessly into a heteregenous environment of Unix and Windows workstations.   Some of the features that make this possible are:

  • Windows and Unix versions have the same look, feel, and capabilities so that no retraining is needed to move between the two.
  • Gridgen's native files are transparently portable between Windows and Unix.
  • A single license server, running on either Unix or Windows, can control Gridgen processes on both Unix and Windows.

Pointwise's president, John R. Chawner, noted "We have tried to make the workstation type transparent to Gridgen users. They can run on Unix or on Windows, or even hop back and forth in the middle of a job, without seeing significant differences. Whether you are running Unix or Windows, we want to make Gridgen your number one choice for analysis preprocessing."

Gridgen is known for its:

  • highly usable, interactive interface using OpenGL graphics,
  • geometry modeling tools, robust IGES import, and fault-tolerant gridding methods that let analysts work effectively with large and less-than-perfect models,
  • highly automated and wide variety of gridding methods that allow users to create good grids right from the start, and
  • filters to export grid and boundary condition data formatted for use with a wide variety of analysis software including FIELDVIEW, NASTRAN, PATRAN, UCD, VRML, STL, ADPAC, CFX-4, COBalt, FDNS, FLUENT, FLUENT/UNS, INCA, NPARC, OVERFLOW, PHOENICS, RAMPANT, SCRYU, STAR-CD, TASCflow, TEAM, VSAERO, and WIND.

Pointwise, Inc. is solving the number one problem facing engineering analysts today: mesh generation for CFD and FEA. They do this by being a premier supplier of grid generation software and services centered around the Gridgen software product.  Gridgen software is currently in use at hundreds of sites around the world including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, Allison Engine Company, General Dynamics, NASA, Navy, Army, and Air Force Labs, and Raytheon.

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,

Pointwise is a registered trademark and Get The Point and Gridgen are trademarks of Pointwise, Inc. Windows and Windows NT are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. FIELDVIEW is a trademark of Intelligent Light. NASTRAN and PATRAN are trademarks of the MacNeal Schwendler Corp. UCD is a trademark of Advanced Visual Systems, Inc. CFX-4 and TASCflow are trademarks of AEA Technology. FDNS is a trademark of Engineering Systems, Inc. FLUENT, FLUENT/UNS, and RAMPANT are trademarks of Fluent, Inc. INCA is a trademark of Amtec Engineering, Inc. PHOENICS is a trademark of Concentration, Heat, and Momentum, Ltd. SCRYU is a trademark of Software Cradle Ltd. STAR-CD is a trademark of Computational Dynamics, Ltd. VSAERO is a trademark of Analytical Methods, Inc. Windows 95 and Windows NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owner.