Developed for visualization, where appearance trumps precision, the OBJ format’s documentation was thrown open to all. The intended effect was widespread adoption and interoperability. The unfortunate side-effect is that engineers who prefer NURBS models are often handed OBJ files instead. If the formats proliferate in the world of CAD, can CAE be immune? This video shows how Pointwise can read such data as either a geometry or a grid, depending on which you prefer.