Pointwise and CT Core Technologies Partner for Native CAD Readers

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (2 April 2012)—Pointwise announces that the ability to read computer aided design (CAD) files in the recently released Pointwise Version 17 software for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) mesh generation is based upon technology licensed from CT Core Technologies.

“CAD data interoperability is a serious and well-known impediment to the timely and successful application of CFD,” said John Chawner, Pointwise’s president. “That’s why we wanted to add readers for native CAD formats to Pointwise – to give our customers more options for importing geometry for meshing. After extensive research into the available technology, including use of three other products, we selected the 3D Kernel IO libraries from CT Core Technologies to provide this important capability.”

Native CAD readers for ACIS, CATIA V4, CATIA V5, NX, Parasolid, Pro/ENGINEER, SolidWorks, and STEP are bundled with Pointwise and complement the previously available IGES import. Working without a license of the CAD software, the readers import CAD data directly into Pointwise’s geometry kernel, bypassing the possibly error-inducing step of creating a neutral file. The native CAD readers work seamlessly with Pointwise’s Solid Meshing technology and can automatically assemble solid models during the import process, the models providing a means of ensuring watertight geometry and mesh.

“CT Core Technologies is excited to provide 3D Kernel IO reading capabilities to Pointwise customers worldwide, giving an interoperability solution that is independent from all CAD applications,”  said Gauthier Wahu, CTO of CT Core Technologies. 

“Our partnership has assisted both companies to mitigate cost of implementation, as well as enhancements of the 3D Kernel IO product. The synergy and culture of these two companies combined will continue to create unparalleled advantages in the marketplace,” said David A. Selliman, vice president of North America Operations.  

Also included in Pointwise Version 17 are an advanced implementation of the company’s T-Rex (anisotropic tetrahedral extrusion) hybrid meshing technique, the ability to group entities for ease in selection and manipulation, the ability to easily re-extrude grids generated with the software’s traditional style extrusion methods, the option to restrict application of grid algorithms to a portion of the overall grid using subgrids, updated exporters for several CAE formats, and much more.

Pointwise, Inc. is solving the top problem facing engineering analysts today – mesh generation for computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The company’s Pointwise 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 is available at www.pointwise.com.

CT Core Technologies Inc. is the leading global provider of 3D CAD data conversion software. Its mission is to optimize the multi CAD environment interoperability in the value-added design chain and to develop customized solutions for the product lifecycle management (PLM) integration and process automation. The 3D Kernel IO  and 3D Evolution product-line comes with the most innovative CAD reading and translation technology available on the market today. CT’s libraries for the integration in OEM-software are deployed in many well-known CAX-solutions, with successful integrations in the computer-aided-engineering space.  For more information about CT, visit the company website at www.coretechnologies-inc.com.

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


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