Gridgen V14 Released for Beta Test

Scripting, CAD Interoperability Key New Features

FORT WORTH, TX (31 October 2001) – Pointwise today froze source code for Gridgen Version 14, the latest release of its flagship software product for reliable CFD meshing. Media will begin shipping next week to selected clients for testing.

Gridgen V14's most significant new feature is the Glyph scripting language. "CAE analysts have been pushing for better integration of CFD into the design process for years", said John Chawner, Pointwise's president. "By working closely with customers very early in the development cycle we were able to develop Glyph with capabilities that meet their specific requirements for customization, automation, and interoperability." During the alpha test period Glyph has been used to develop vertical meshing applications for axial turbines and planetary reentry vehicles, capture expert analysts techniques for playback by novices, and to integrate Gridgen with a CFD solver, post-processor, and optimizer.

In order to expand Gridgen's capabilities for CAD interoperability the software has been enhanced to be able to import CAD data in its native format in addition to neutral formats like IGES. "Streamlining the analysis process has always been a goal of CFD users," said Chawner. "By offering them the ability to import CAD models by reading a CATIA file directly, for example, they can eliminate one step in the process as well as a potential source of translation errors." Furthermore, Gridgen V14 also provides the ability to use triangular faceted geometry models from STL and other popular formats.

Pointwise, Inc. is solving the top problem facing engineering analysts today: mesh generation for computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Large manufacturing firms and research organizations worldwide use Pointwise's Gridgen software and services to create the "digital geometry" that enables computer simulation of a product's performance in a fluid environment. Further information on Gridgen can be obtained from Pointwise's website,

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