CFD Flow Solver Compatibility

Pointwise supports neutral, native, and de facto standard interfaces to CFD solvers and other popular CFD formats to ensure a seamless fit with your CFD process.

Built-in CFD and CAE Formats for Mesh Export
AcuSolve ADPAC ADS Aero-F ANSYS CFX ANSYS Fluent CFD++ CFDShip-Iowa
CFL3D CGNS CNSFV Cobalt COMO CRUNCH DTNS Edge
Exodus II FALCON FANS FDNS/UNIC FieldView FrontFlow FUN3D Gambit
GASP Gmsh Gridgen GridPro INCA Kestrel LAURA NASTRAN
NCC NPARC NSU3D OpenFOAM Overflow PATRAN PHOENICS PLOT3D
PyFR SCRYU SC/Tetra ShipIR Splitflow STAR-CCM+ STAR-CD STL
SU2 TACOMA TASCflow TAU TEAM Tecplot TETREX Thermal Desktop
UCD UGRID USM3D VRML VSAERO WIND WIND-US XPATCH

Apply Boundary and Volume Conditions

In addition to generating the mesh, support for your flow solver extends to boundary conditions, volume conditions, and other solver data. You can apply BCs and VCs throughout the mesh to setup your computation, which will be used to properly export the mesh file or files for your solver.

Add Your Own CFD Solver Exporter

Using Pointwise's CAE Plugin SDK, you can write your own custom exporter. Instead of using a neutral format like CGNS or borrowing another solver's file format, you can use the SDK to write your unique file format. Once written, you simply place the plugin in a folder in Pointwise's installation location, and your solver will appear in the user interface the next time you run Pointwise. A plugin is perfect for new codes, research codes that change frequently, or proprietary formats for which you want to limit use.

We invite you to share the plugin for your CAE plugin on Pointwise's GitHub Repository. This will give you the ability to share updates with your research collaborators around the globe, so they are always using the latest version of your plugin. We have already published the source code for several plugins on GitHub for you to use as a learning tool.

Add Your Own Mesh Exporter and Importer

Plugins are not limited to writing the final mesh and its boundary conditions to a CFD solver format. Sometimes you need to export the mesh or a portion of it to a specific file type. Conversely, sometimes you have old meshes that you want to import into Pointwise.

Rather than translating those meshes to and from file formats for which Pointwise has built-in compatibility, you can use Pointwise's Grid Import Plugin SDK to write a reader for your mesh's file type. Just like for CAE plugins, you are invited to share your grid import plugins on Pointwise's GitHub repository.

Plugins White Paper

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Import and Export Plugins

Customizing the software by adding your own file importer or exporter has never been easier with this guide to writing plugins.

Plugins
Interface

An Introduction to Pointwise Plugin Development

This video provides an overview of how to write your own plugin using Pointwise's application programming interface (API).

CAE Preprocessing

CAE Preprocessing

Once your mesh is complete, you can use Pointwise to customize it for your flow solver including boundary and volume conditions.