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Plugin How-To – Obtaining Face Counts

Using the Pointwise Grid Model from within a plugin can be a little confusing. This leads to customers calling our support team with a plugin question that starts with the phrase “How do I…?“ While many of these inquiries can … Continue reading

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Creating a CAE Plugin – Understanding The Pointwise Grid Model API (Part 2)

This post will cover the structured Pointwise grid model (PWGM). In Part 1 of Understanding The Pointwise Grid Model API, I covered the unstructured Pointwise grid model. If you have not done so already, I suggest you read Part 1 … Continue reading

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Creating a CAE Plugin – Understanding the Pointwise Grid Model API (Part 1)

The main purpose of a CAE plugin is to export a grid model. To do this, the plugin must convert the grid data as represented by Pointwise into a format supported by the solver the plugin is targeting. To do … Continue reading

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Software Engineering – It’s Not Just Cushy, It’s the Best

2012 is not the year to get into lumberjacking, at least according to the list of Best and Worst Jobs of 2012 from Careercast.com as reported by ABC. Not only is lumberjack the worst job of 2012 its also the … Continue reading

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4 Secrets Your CFD Software Provider Won’t Tell You

The software has bugs – and we know it. Let’s get this one out of the way first. No software vendor likes to do it but production code is released knowing it contains unresolved bugs. Why isn’t every release bug-free? … Continue reading

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It’s Not Always the Mesh Generator’s Fault

Not many people really enjoy meshing. It’s a means to an end. It gets in the way of getting to the answer. So it’s no surprise that when things go wrong, the mesh often gets the blame. In Pointwise’s case, … Continue reading

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Developer’s Diary: Porting Pointwise to Mac OS X

A customer recently asked the casual but loaded question: Was it easy to port Pointwise to the Mac? Wow, where to begin? Practically speaking, porting a large and complex piece of software from one platform to another is always challenging, … Continue reading

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