3D Mesh – When Facets Aren’t Enough
The ACIS faceter is familiar to most of our customers and has been meeting visualization and analysis needs for years. But what happens when you have particular meshing needs that the faceter can’t meet – like needing a volumetric mesh? Spatial has recognized these needs and is now offering the 3D Mesh product. 3D Mesh offers impressive control over surface and volume meshing.
3D Mesh works hand in hand with ACIS to specify, generate, refine, and query meshing elements and nodes. The ACIS faceter provides an initial seed mesh which can then be modified by 3D Mesh based on the settings you choose. Upon review of the new mesh, you can select areas of the mesh for greater refinement and regenerate the mesh. You can also query the mesh for not only its node and element information, but also the associativity between elements and the ACIS entities that they lie on (points, faces, and edges).
Types of meshes provided include triangular or quad element surface meshes, and tetrahedral volume meshes. 3DMesh has options to control the meshing, including (but not limited to) desired edge length, minimum edge length, maximum growth rate, maximum spanning angle, and mesh order (linear or parabolic).
To make working with 3D Mesh easier, Spatial includes the VA Bridge. The bridge offers a simple easy to use interface between ACIS and 3D Mesh, with the most common options and functions available. It also includes the HVA Bridge which simplifies the display of generated meshes with HOOPS, and connecting HOOPS segments back to mesh elements. Both bridges offer Scheme and C++ interfaces and make implementing 3D Mesh relatively painless for an ACIS application.
Authored by Erik Hultgren
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