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SugIn October 5, 2000 08:09

Importing from CAD package
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.

Kai Kang October 5, 2000 09:02

Re: Importing from CAD package
If you use AutoCAD, it works just perfect with the AcIS export/Import, because they use the same APIs...

SugIn October 5, 2000 10:51

Re: Importing from CAD package
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.

Kai Kang October 5, 2000 10:53

Re: Importing from CAD package
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...

Jack Keays October 5, 2000 11:03

Re: Importing from CAD package
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.

Joern Beilke October 6, 2000 07:08

Re: Importing from CAD package
That file has to be imported into Gambit and not into Fluent itself.

Kai Kang October 6, 2000 09:36

Re: Importing from CAD package
you are right, should be Gambit instead of Fluent

Oliver October 6, 2000 15:13

Re: Importing from CAD package

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


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

Daniel Malone October 25, 2000 10:52

Re: Importing from CAD package

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 412-820-9205

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