Getting Started

Pointwise is a software system for the generation of two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) grids. Many of the grid generation methods used in Pointwise were developed and fine-tuned over the past 25 years in Pointwise’s predecessor, Gridgen. Pointwise combines the grid generation expertise and history embedded in Gridgen with more modern software engineering and graphical interfaces to make grid generation as simple as possible.

You can build a grid around any type of object using Pointwise; it is not limited to any particular geometry. The grids you create in Pointwise can be used with any type of analysis software including computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA). In fact, Pointwise has built-in filters for many analysis codes as well as popular neutral formats.


Note: Pointwise makes unstructured, structured and hybrid grids and can export them in many different analysis software formats.

This User Manual describes in detail the use of each Pointwise command. If you are a new user and are interested in learning about how to run Pointwise, we recommend that you begin by reading and running the tutorials in the Tutorial Workbook (Help, Tutorial Workbook). The User Manual is meant to be used as a reference. You will consult it to get detailed information about particular commands you are trying to use.

Getting Past the Blank Screen

The following video will help you get past that moment when you start the software for the first time and then ask "now what do I do?"

For more on how to get started, choose a topic below: