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Fluent Releases IcePro 3.1
Posted Wed October 30, 2002 @10:46PM
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ANSYS FLUENT Fluent Inc. has announced the release of IcePro 3.1, its Pro/Engineer-to-Icepak interface. The interface builds on the successful integration of CAD software and Icepak thermal modeling software. With the release of IcePro 3.1, Pro/Engineer geometry and materials are seamlessly available to Icepak.

"This release is a major advance in the CAD integration paradigm introduced in the previous versions of the interface. Using a few configuration parameters, the user can export much of the model automatically. Icepak can also be started directly from within Pro/Engineer to access the newly exported model," says Icepak Product Manager, Dr. Rajesh Nair.

In addition to the capabilities available previously, the new interface also allows the user to automatically decompose complex geometries into prismatic shapes. All of the manual features are still available.


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IcePro 3.1 allows the user to export protrusion features and cut features on boundaries automatically to Icepak. Complex shapes can be decomposed automatically for export into Icepak. Simplification, the process of simplifying a model to ignore small geometry features, while including the larger thermally relevant features, has been made extremely easy, and thus dramatically reducing transfer time.

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A new optional feature allows the Pro/Engineer assembly tree to be replicated in Icepak. The hierarchy of information is maintained for the geometric shapes that are exported to Icepak. The interface also applies sensible object recognition, as when recognizing a pattern of fins to be modeled as a heatsink object, or modeling a pattern of holes or cutouts as a vent or planar resistance.

Availability

IcePro 3.1 is now available for Icepak users worldwide from Fluent Inc. for Windows NT/Windows 2000, HPUX and Solaris platforms only, for an annual license fee of $2,500. Visit www.icepak.com for a complete listing of worldwide offices and distributors.

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