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Pointwise Introduces Intelligent Automatic Surface Meshing
Posted Fri October 16, 2020 @12:18PM
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News The latest release of Pointwise’s computational fluid dynamics (CFD) mesh generation software includes automatic surface meshing, the first component of a planned suite of automation features called Flashpoint.

"A suitable mesh is just a stepping stone to a CFD flowfield solution," said John Chawner, Pointwise's president. "Too often, that stepping stone is a speed bump because of the effort required to generate a suitable mesh on a realistic geometry model. The new Flashpoint surface meshing combines automation with the control for which the Pointwise software is known."

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Pointwise’s new Automatic Surface Meshing capability takes as input a geometry model and a handful of user-defined goals for the mesh and automatically generates a geometry resolving, hybrid unstructured mesh with anisotropy.

“The capability of automatic surface mesh generation, the first in a suite of tools called Flashpoint and introduced in Pointwise V18.4, simplifies the most time-consuming preprocessing procedure,” said Flexcompute’s Dr. Feilin Jia who participated in Flashpoint’s beta testing. “It is like a meshing expert, allowing users to concentrate more on their CFD solutions.”

turbine mesh
The surface mesh for this turbomachinery geometry model was generated automatically using Pointwise’s new Flashpoint surface meshing capability. A slice through the final volume mesh is shown in red and yellow. Model credit: Mathieu Stiglitz & GrabCAD.

Beta tester Jeremy Shipman from CRAFT Tech said "The new Flashpoint feature in Pointwise very significantly reduces the amount of effort needed to create a quality surface mesh on very complicated geometries. This is a huge time saver – from several days to several minutes – without sacrificing the bottom-up complete control the user has on the final surface mesh."

"Flashpoint is a game-changer for meshing. Pointwise has managed to offer the automation of top-down meshing while maintaining its powerful suite of bottom-up capabilities,” said Dr. Chris Sideroff, principal director at Applied CCM. “The best-in-class high quality meshing Pointwise has always been known for is now achievable in minutes."

Customers can immediately download Pointwise V18.4 from

Pointwise, solving the top problem facing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) today – reliably generating high-fidelity meshes. The company's Pointwise software generates structured, unstructured, overset and hybrid meshes; interfaces with CFD solvers such as ANSYS FLUENT®, STAR-CCM+®, OpenFOAM®, and SU2 as well as many neutral formats, such as CGNS; runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac, and has a scripting language, Glyph, that can automate CFD meshing. Manufacturing firms and research organizations worldwide have relied on Pointwise as their complete CFD preprocessing solution since 1994.

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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