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Pointwise and Envenio Join Forces on Demand
Posted Wed May 17, 2017 @11:21AM
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News Pointwise, Inc. and Envenio have signed a co-licensing agreement to offer both products, Pointwise and EXN/Aero, on-demand, on HPC cloud-host Nimbix. This represents a step-change in the way CFD (computational fluid dynamics) engineers can access and utilize high performance meshing & simulation tools.

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Why On-Demand?
In a previous blog, Envenio discussed the limitations facing engineering consultants in their day-to-day lives. Most notably, these limitations affected areas of growth, their ability to compete, and cash-flow, all factors that can directly influence project decisions and business growth. Traditional commercial tools and traditional compute resources have previously been inflexible and expensive, restricting flexibility of consultants and potentially limiting the services they can offer clients. Costly annual licensing subscriptions are now a thing of the past, thanks to new on-demand pay-as-you-go tools.

By being able to access on-demand meshing, simulation tools and post-processing tools, engineers can expand their service offering, exceed client expectations, and keep up with their competition. With these engineering simulation tools, consultants enjoy a significant reduction in meshing time and simulation solve time. Being able to list end-to-end CFD services in marketing and proposal materials also enables consultants to compete with larger organizations. Moreover, engineers are able to:

  • Upsell existing clients on larger or more complex models
  • Offer a higher through-put of meshes and simulations to prospective clients
  • Offer shorter turn-around times on simulations
  • Upsell existing customers on high resolution meshes / models
  • Supplement their existing meshing and simulation workflows using the on-demand tools for additional or more challenging runs
  • Bid more competitively on projects
  • Provision compute resources on the fly to scale with customer demands

In instances where a client's needs increase, the use of affordable on-demand cloud CFD tools adds a level of flexibility, enabling consultants to instantly access high performance meshing and simulation resources.

While open source software is a good option for consultants, the lack of urgent technical support can be troublesome.

Financial restrictions are particularly common when it comes to meshing tools and CFD software, and operating a CFD tool on more than four CPUs can become eye-wateringly expensive. In some cases, vendors charge over $1,000 per additional core, and it is worth noting that even fellow "on-demand" providers still require annual license subscriptions in some cases. This is not the case with Envenio, and users protect their cash flow by paying for usage only every 30 days.

With on-demand CFD tools being so in-demand, the alliance between Pointwise, Inc. and Envenio marks an exciting time. If you are interested in a free trial of the on-demand platform, click here.

The Envenio & Pointwise, Inc. Agreement
This agreement will enable consultants to access both EXN/Aero and Pointwise on-demand. By making software more accessible, engineers are free to progress their research and expand their service offering, increasing the widespread use of CFD. Furthermore, if talented individuals have access to modern software, the potential for innovation across a number of sectors is increased, spelling an exciting future ahead.

"We are delighted to have teamed up with Pointwise, Inc.," says VP of Envenio, Scott Walton. "We share many of the same values, and are absolutely passionate about ensuring engineering consultants have access to the best CFD tools. This alliance reflects our overall mission to break down barriers and limitations that can prohibit the work of consultants, providing them with flexible access to software that has historically only been available to the largest corporations and organizations. We have used Pointwise internally for over 7 years and believe it is the highest performance meshing tool available" he added.

"This is our first foray into cloud-based preprocessing so we are happy to have an experienced team like Envenio by our side," says Dr. Rick Matus, Pointwise executive vice president. “At first we were skeptical about getting the graphics performance needed for a highly interactive product like Pointwise while working with a remote cloud-server. Our testing with Envenio in the Nimbix environment showed very good results. Users should enjoy the flexibility of on-demand meshing combined with Pointwise’s ease-of-use and high-quality. We are excited to join Envenio in providing this to the engineering community.”

The High Performance Engineer

Combining Pointwise, a powerful CFD meshing tool and solver with the ability to access it on the cloud and the ability to pay only for what you use enables you to compete, grow, and better manage your cash-flow. Many users run a test case to get a sense of the interface, workflow, and speed up. If you are interested in trying out EXN/Aero and Pointwise on the cloud, please follow this link..

Pointwise, Inc. is solving the top problem facing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) today – quickly generating high-fidelity meshes. The company's Pointwise software generates structured, unstructured, overset and hybrid meshes; runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac, and has a scripting language, Glyph, that can automate CFD meshing. Large manufacturing firms and research organizations worldwide have relied on Pointwise as their complete CFD preprocessing solution since 1994.

More information about Pointwise is available at

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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