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Old   May 9, 2017, 14:55
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Hello all,

I'm a total noob to CFD (I come from a 3D background). I have access to a 3D visualization software and I want to try it out with some complex data. I thought CFD would be an appropriate candidate for this.

So my totally noob question is: do packages such as Fluent/Autodesk CFD etc export CFD output in 3D formats (obj, fbx etc) ?

If yes, what would be a good learning tool for me to learn these?

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Old   May 11, 2017, 23:31
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Yes, CFD programs provide a three-dimensional output file. What kind of problem would you like to study? Please tell.
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Maybe I didn't explain it clearly. I'm not trying to solve any problem.

I want to try out a visualization tool which I have access to using some complex datasets which I think CFD tools would generate.

Maybe this is a long shot but is there any way I can get the output of a CFD in a 3D format (FBX, OBJ etc)?
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CFD programs have a post-processing component to visualise data but it is specifically designed to process data on fluids. The ones I recall:

- OpenFOAM (free) uses Paraview for visualizing its output. Paraview can read obj files, and also about 70 other formats.
- Ansys CFX (non-free) uses CFD-Post for visualizing its output. It can import ANSYS (*.cdb) and Generic (*.csv) file formats.
- Ansys FLUENT (non-free) has a built-in visualization component. It can import files from about 16 external file formats.
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