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Old   March 1, 2015, 13:33
Default About the Commercial and Closed Source Meshers discussed here
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The forum OpenFOAM Other Meshers: ICEM, Star, Ansys, Pointwise, GridPro, Ansa, ... was closed near the end of April 2019 and replaced with prefixes on the main OpenFOAM Meshing forum. The following is my original post that has been restructured a bit in function of the new forum structure. For more details about the new forum structure, read this thread: Map of this Meshing (sub-)Forum

It's expected that with this new forum structure, it is also used to discussing issues with generating and converting meshes that are generated with commercial and closed source meshers that work independently from OpenFOAM. Nonetheless:
  • The objective is mostly to discuss how to generate and/or convert meshes that are usable by OpenFOAM, to be discussed within the prefix [Commercial meshers].
  • As for using each software, please refer to their respective forums and commercial support.
Reference links for each software:
  • Ansa
    • The meshes generated with BETA CAE Systems S.A products can be exported directly to OpenFOAM format.
    • Relevant forum here at CFD-Online: ANSA
  • ANSYS Meshing, DesignModeler, ICEM CFD, TGrid, GAMBIT and other meshing and geometry tools from ANSYS
  • CD-adapco: Star-CD and Star-CCM+
    • The meshes generated with CD-adapco products have to be converted to OpenFOAM's mesh format. Conversion instructions are provided in the following wiki pages (most descriptions copied from this wiki page: Main_OFUtilities):
      • ccm26ToFoam - Converts a STAR-CCM mesh to OpenFOAM format.
      • foamToStarMesh - Reads an OpenFOAM mesh and writes it in PROSTAR (v4) format.
      • star3ToFoam - Converts a STAR-CD (v3) PROSTAR mesh into OpenFOAM format.
      • star4ToFoam - Converts a STAR-CD (v4) PROSTAR mesh into OpenFOAM format.
    • Relevant forum here at CFD-Online: CD-adapco
  • GridPro
    • The meshes generated with Program Development Company products have to be converted to OpenFOAM format. There is no specific exporter in OpenFOAM, but there is one available here: GridPro to OpenFOAM converter
    • Relevant forum here at CFD-Online:GridPro
  • Pointwise
    • The meshes generated with Pointwise products can be exported directly to OpenFOAM format.
    • Relevant forum here at CFD-Online: Pointwise & Gridgen

Please provide more links below for other commercial and closed source meshers that can be used to generate meshes for OpenFOAM, for complementing this post.

Last edited by wyldckat; April 27, 2019 at 10:41. Reason: Revised text due to the restructring of the forum
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Altair HyperWorks/HyperMesh
Writes native OpenFoam mesh files in the OpenFoam specific directory structure.
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NUMECA: Hexpress, Hexpress/Hybrid, Autogrid5
  • The meshes generated with Hexpress and Hexpress/Hybrid can be exported directly to OpenFOAM format
  • For turbomachinery application meshes created with Autogrid5, the CGNSToFoam converter can be used or the fluentMeshtoFoam utility. In 2016, direct export will be available for meshes created with Autogrid5.
  • Relevant forum at CFD-Online: NUMECA
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