Autodesk University
Lecture    SM6599
CAD to Mesh: How to Get Your Model Ready for Simulation
Jonathan den Hartog
Autodesk University
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This class will walk though techniques for preparing geometry for simulation. We'll cover hints that will help you to identify potentially problematic areas, and then we'll show you how to quickly repair models, remove unneeded detail, and optimize the geometry in a way that will help you to create a high-quality finite element analysis (FEA) or computational fluid dynamics (CFD) mesh.

Key Learnings

  • Learn how to identify areas in a model that will be problematic for meshing
  • Learn how to repair models that have poor integrity
  • Learn how to remove unneeded features that have adverse effects on a mesh
  • Learn how to pass the geometry to an FEA or CFD simulation software


Jonathan den Hartog
Jon den Hartog, PE, is a senior product manager at Autodesk, Inc., focusing on simulation. He has worked with product design, industrial machinery, and building design/engineering firms worldwide to simulate fluid flow and thermal performance using computational fluid dynamics software. Most of this simulation work is aimed at understanding how a device or design will perform before it is physically built, providing key insights early in the design cycle that promote opportunities for design optimization and efficiency improvements. Jon's background is in unmanned-aircraft development, and he is the founder of a company in the clean-tech industry.


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