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ALGOR Announces Fast, High-Quality, One-Step Assembly Meshing

(August 02, 2001)
ALGOR, Inc., a leading maker of software for mechanical engineers, today announced new one-step assembly meshing for generating high-quality, unstructured FEA meshes more quickly. One-step assembly meshing enables engineers to obtain a high-quality finite element mesh for complex CAD assemblies on the first pass with one button click and no need for transitional mesh refinement.

"One-step assembly meshing will save engineers time and effort in setting up models for all analysis types including Mechanical Event Simulation and structural, linear dynamic, thermal, electrostatic, fluid flow and multiphysics analyses," said Michael Bussler, president and CEO of ALGOR, Inc. "These advancements are particularly valuable to engineers utilizing our InCAD technology for seamless CAD/CAE integration."

ALGOR's mesh engines create high-quality meshes on the first pass because they build solid "brick" (eight- or 20-node) or hybrid meshes (combines bricks on model surface with tetrahedra inside) inward from a quadrilateral surface mesh. One-step, high-quality tetrahedral (four- or 10-node) meshing is also available. In addition, ALGOR provides built-in transitional meshing tools for areas of the model that have greater engineering concern.

Surface and aspect ratio checks enable engineers to get high-quality meshes on the first pass with default settings. Because brick and hybrid meshes can represent complex geometry with fewer nodes than tetrahedral meshes at the same, high level of accuracy, analyses for brick and hybrid meshes process faster than for tetrahedra.

The software enhancements that have led to this break-through in speed and ease-of-use include refinement of the surface and aspect ratio checks that are at the heart of ALGOR's meshing technologies. In addition, automatic surface mesh matching for assemblies has been fully integrated with all of ALGOR's mesh engines.

Engineers who prefer to exercise greater control over the meshing process still have the option of generating surface and solid meshes in separate processes or modifying the default mesh settings.

ALGOR customers with current software upgrade subscriptions can get the new improvements at no charge by requesting this latest release. ALGOR software is available for PC workstations running Windows NT, ME, 95, 98 or 2000.

ALGOR has been a leader in mechanical simulation software since introducing FEA for PCs in 1984 and interfacing with CAD systems in 1985. The company's software products have enabled over 20,000 engineers in over 60 countries to create safe, efficient, cost-effective designs. ALGOR also offers educational support and customer service that includes the use of Internet audio/video technology for distance learning Web Courses, which provide step-by-step software instruction, and free Webcasts for live software demonstrations.

ALGOR's family of products features Mechanical Event Simulation software for FEA-based motion and stress analysis, InCAD technology for seamless CAD/CAE integration with virtually all popular CAD systems and full multiphysics capabilities. The company also offers structural, linear dynamic, thermal, fluid flow, electrostatic and piping analysis tools. ALGOR's software interchanges data with products from ANSYS, Inc., Autodesk, Inc., CADKEY Corporation, MSC.Software Corporation, Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), Structural Dynamics Research Corporation, UGS, SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. company, and others.

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