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Branch Technology Team Wins Pointwise Meshy Award
Posted Mon September 26, 2016 @03:15PM
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News Dr. C. Bruce Hilbert and Melody Rees of Branch Technology have been named recipients of the Pointwise Meshy Award for their 3-D structured mesh of a pavilion.

Their team at Branch Technology: Platt Boyd, Chris Weller, Marc Simons, Tony Disanto, Melody Rees and Dr. Hilbert brought to 3-D life the winning 3-D structure mesh.


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The pavilion is on view at Cheekwood Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Hilbert was awarded the Meshy Award trophy and Melody Reese and his name were added to those of the previous winners on the trophy kept at Pointwise headquarters.

Additionally, the mesh was featured on T-shirts given to attendees at the Pointwise User Group Meeting 2016, where the winning mesh was announced.

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3D printing a pavilion that is on display in Cheekwood Gardens in Nashville, TN.

The Meshy Award recognizes the most outstanding mesh generated using Pointwise. Entries are judged on visual appeal, originality and uniqueness.

Entries are showcased in a photo album on Pointwise's Facebook page.

“In years past, Meshy Award winners have demonstrated a strong mastery of the meshing tools available in Pointwise as well as a deep understanding of the complex fluid physics the mesh attempts to resolve,” said Dr. John Steinbrenner, vice president of research and development at Pointwise. “This year’s winner, Dr. Bruce Hilbert of Branch Technologies, offers a mesh designed ultimately for aesthetic reasons. His multi-block structured mesh served as a demonstrator for a large-scale 3-D printing process, the result of which resides as public art at Cheekwood Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee. Congratulations to Dr. Hilbert on his innovative application of a computational mesh.”

Dr. Bruce Hilbert is currently the primary computational researcher at Branch Technology, Inc., a Chattanooga, Tennessee based startup that has developed the largest freeform 3-D printer in the world. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in computational engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga under the tutelage of Pointwise's own Dr. Steve Karman. Bruce was previously a research associate at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga SimCenter and was the primary grid generator there for almost six years, working on traditional aircraft, turbomachinery, watercraft, fuel cells, waveguides and other projects. His doctoral research was in the field of tetrahedral meshing and he is currently researching grid sequencing for Branch's 3-D printing process.

Melody Rees is an architectural designer with an expertise in digital fabrication and computational design. She is a former employee of Gensler New York with a graduate degree from University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. Melody is currently lead designer and project manager for Branch Technology.

Pointwise, Inc. is solving the top problem facing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) today – reliably generating high-fidelity meshes. The company’s Pointwise software generates structured, unstructured and hybrid meshes; interfaces with CFD solvers, such as ANSYS Fluent®, STAR-CCM+®, ANSYS CFX®, OpenFOAM, and SU2 as well as many neutral formats, such as CGNS; runs on Windows (Intel and AMD), Linux (Intel and AMD), and Mac, and has a scripting language, Glyph, that can automate CFD meshing. Large manufacturing firms and research organizations worldwide rely on Pointwise as their complete CFD preprocessing solution.

More information about Pointwise is available at www.pointwise.com.

Pointwise is a registered trademark of Pointwise, Inc. in the USA and the EU. Pointwise Glyph, T-Rex and Let's Talk Meshing are trademarks of Pointwise, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owner.

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