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Image creation – in parallel

"However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results"

If the proof of the pudding is in the eating, creating reports for CFD analyses can be inelegant gluttony. Generating images is resource-intensive and error-prone. Why not use Tecplot’s Python API to simplify this? As described in this article, this script opens a layout and generates a series of images at different time steps – and in parallel! You say Gourmand, I say Gourmet?

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Where-used queries

"useful ... to analyze the impact that a change in an item can have"

CFD models can be huge so organizing data to suit your workflow is key. As the number of entities grows you can find yourself struggling to track dependencies and relationships. Where-used queries are a standard database query: how about for CFD? See this Glyph script: select one or more connectors and it tells you which domains they’re used by – and which layers those domains are on.

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Atomize CAD assemblies

"Definition: to deprive of meaningful ties to others"

You shouldn’t be surprised at how many CAD companies are listed in the results of a search for “dumb solid model“: an assembly hierarchy is often thought to contain enough design intent that sharing an assembly file will reveal intellectual property. Exporting the model as a polygonal file such as STL is one of the steps designers resort to, but given the loss of fidelity that entails, there are better options. Read this short article on how you can easily use them. Start with any CAD format as input and create one or more of several different formats.

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