This Week in CFD

Do you feel the buzz in the air? That’s anticipation of next week’s International Meshing Roundtable in Austin, Texas. Maybe that’s why there’s so much meshing in the news this week.

Visualization & Software

  • CADENS wants your sci viz images and videos for use in documentaries for wide public distribution. Submissions are due 30 November 2015.
  • Formula 1 is debating a ban on wind tunnel testing meaning that aerodynamic design would be based entirely on CFD. [Debate: wise or foolish?]
  • A new version of Mesh2Surface, a Rhino plugin for converting 3D scanned meshes to a CAD model, is now available.
  • Beta CAE released v16.0.1 of their software suite.

Reading & Watching

Screen capture from a video of an XFlow simulation of pilot ejection. Click image for video.

Screen capture from a video of an XFlow simulation of pilot ejection. Click image for video.

Events

  • At next year’s European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Science and Engineering (ECCOMAS 2016, 5-10 June 2016, Crete) there are several mini-symposia for mesh generation: cut and composite meshes, adaption, curved/high-order meshing, and meshing for industrial applications. Abstracts are now being accepted with a due date of 29 November.
  • The Code_Saturne User Meeting 2016 will be held on 01 April in Chatou, France.
CFD is being used to design floating liquid natural gas rigs. Image from Engineer Live. Click image for article.

CFD is being used to design floating liquid natural gas rigs. Image from Engineer Live. Click image for article.

World’s Largest 3D Printed Mesh

OK, so they didn’t set out to 3D print a mesh but architects from the Lab for Creative Design have been recognized by the folks at Guinness (world records, not beer) for the world’s largest 3D printed architectural pavilion.

On display in a shopping mall as part of Beijing Design Week, VULCAN consists of 1,023 individual 3D printed parts that are fit together into a structure about 8 meters wide and 3 meters tall.

Of course, all I see is a mesh.

VULCAN, the world's largest 3D printed architectural pavilion. Image from Beijing Design Week. See link above.

VULCAN, the world’s largest 3D printed architectural pavilion. Image from Beijing Design Week. See link above.

As originally seen on SolidSmack. Click through and you can also see 3D printed “fashions.”

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