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Old   October 5, 2000, 08:09
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SugIn
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As anyone had any experience importing a CAD file into Fluent 4.5 and above ? We all know about that geometric input is the longest part so I'm attempting this at some stage.
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Old   October 5, 2000, 09:02
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If you use AutoCAD, it works just perfect with the AcIS export/Import, because they use the same APIs...
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Old   October 5, 2000, 10:51
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Thanks for the tip. Getting AutoCAD is fine. Which version of Fluent have you used this in ? I'm using 4.5. But 5.3 and 5.4 is avialable.
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Old   October 5, 2000, 10:53
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I am using 5.3, for AutoCAD you need to export as AcIs file (.sta extension, if I remember right).

It is always better to simplify the geometry in CAD first...
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Old   October 5, 2000, 11:03
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Hi Kai,

The file extension for ACIS files is .sat

I had alot of problems with geometry. Exporting from Solidworks. Have you any ideas as to how this can be effectively done? Thanks.
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Old   October 6, 2000, 07:08
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That file has to be imported into Gambit and not into Fluent itself.
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Old   October 6, 2000, 09:36
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you are right, should be Gambit instead of Fluent
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Old   October 6, 2000, 15:13
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Hi

Depending on the CAD software you are using, you can export the geometry as a variety of Standards

Pro Engineer STEP Solidworks STEP/SAT AUTOCAD, MDESKTOP SAT

If you have any problems, with the above formats, try and save them as a lower version, because there could be a inconstency between GAMBITS Translator and the version of the translator used in the CAD package

Regards Oliver
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Old   October 25, 2000, 10:52
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Daniel Malone
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Jack,

I operate a business, CAD Repair, that specializes in translating, healing and repairing CAD neutral files. I may be able to help you.

Dan Malone dpm@cadrepair.com 412-820-9205
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