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Enhancing CFD Meshing Productivity
Posted Fri March 23, 2012 @08:52AM
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Announcements Pointwise, Inc. will host a series of webinars titled Introducing the Latest Meshing Productivity Enhancements in Pointwise in conjunction with the release of the latest version of its mesh generation software for computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

The first webinar, Getting Started with Pointwise, will be at 11 a.m. CDT on 28 March.

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“The new version offers so many meshing productivity improvements, it will require a series of webinars to demonstrate them all,” said Travis Carrigan, Pointwise technical sales engineer and host of the first webinar.

Carolyn Dear, manager of support and consulting for Pointwise, will answer questions.

To register for the half-hour webinar, go to

This first webinar will familiarize participants with Pointwise’s meshing terminology, the user interface, and the general meshing process. Discover how to

  • Navigate the GUI and manipulate the scene
  • Select and work on collections of objects efficiently
  • Use the keyboard and mouse accelerators to reduce extraneous “clicks”
  • Become proficient with the Pointwise meshing process and terminology

No prior knowledge of Pointwise is necessary to participate in the webinar.

Enhancements to the new version of Pointwise include the ability to read native CAD files from ACIS, Catia V4/V5, Pro/E, NX, Solidworks, Parasolid and STEP. Other features to be discussed in the webinar include Solid Meshing that reduces time spent on geometry cleanup, plus layering that organizes geometry and grid for easy access, even with extremely complex models.

The webinars also will cover the latest developments in T-Rex, a proprietary, anisotropic mesh technique that quickly builds high-quality unstructured and hybrid grids on difficult geometries. The webinars will be fast-paced with plenty of time for questions. For more information about the webinar series, go to

Mr. Carrigan joined Pointwise as a technical sales engineer after completing his M.S. in aerospace engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington in May 2011. He interned at Pointwise beginning May 2008, producing demonstration and application videos and working in technical support, doing grid projects and quality assurance testing. He received his B.S. in aerospace engineering in 2009 from UTA.

Ms. Dear has more than 10 years experience in mesh generation for a range of application areas, with a specialty in unstructured viscous mesh generation. At Pointwise, she is manager of the Support and Consulting Team. Before joining Pointwise, she was a member of the NSF Engineering Research Center’s Computational Simulation and Design Center at Mississippi State University, where she earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering.

About Pointwise
Pointwise, Inc. is solving the top problem facing engineering analysts today – mesh generation for computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The company’s Pointwise and Gridgen software generates structured, unstructured and hybrid meshes; interfaces with CFD solvers, such as ANSYS FLUENT, STAR-CCM+, ANSYS CFX and OpenFOAM as well as many neutral formats, such as CGNS; runs on Windows (Intel and AMD), Linux (Intel and AMD), and Mac, and has scripting languages 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 and Gridgen is available at

Pointwise and Gridgen are registered trademarks and Pointwise Glyph, Gridgen Glyph and T-Rex are trademarks of Pointwise, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owner.

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