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Pointwise Launches Free Software for CFD Mesh Viewing and Examination

Posted By: Andrea Alvarado
Date:Thu, 17 Oct 2019, 5:26 p.m.

FORT WORTH, TX (14 October 2019) - Pointwise announces the launch of Pointwise Viewer, free software for importing, viewing, measuring, and examining the cell quality metrics of virtually any mesh.

“There are plenty of CAD viewers on the market, free and otherwise, but virtually no mesh viewers,” said John Chawner, Pointwise’s president. “Yet we know there are many potential uses for software to help engineers analyze and evaluate meshes from a variety of sources. For example, such a need arose during recent AIAA CFD workshops. So we decided to make the mesh viewing and examining features of Pointwise available at no cost and without a license.”

Pointwise Viewer can be downloaded from

The freely available Pointwise Viewer can view virtually any mesh file in 3-D, display it in a variety of styles, and compute any of dozens of mesh quality metrics. Built-in mesh importers are available for over two dozen formats including CGNS, FUN3D, OpenFOAM, SU2, UGRID and more. If a mesh format isn't available, Pointwise’s Plugin SDK is available for you to write your own mesh importer that will appear in the user interface automatically at startup. The meshes can be displayed in whatever manner best suits the user’s needs: wireframe, hidden line, solid fill, or shaded. Tools are available for measuring distances and displaying cells with cutting planes. You can assess your mesh's quality by computing and displaying a wide variety of metrics including Jacobian, skewness, minimum/maximum included angles, size ratios, and more. Pointwise Viewer also provides geometry model viewing capability for models in ACIS, CATIA, Creo, IGES, STEP, SolidWorks, STL, and other formats.

Pointwise, Inc. is 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.


For more information: Andrea Alvarado 817-377-2807

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