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hex meshing


Does anyone know how to hex the attached model?  What tips are suggested? 


Re: hex meshing




You'll have to extrude step by step ("sweeping front"). Here a few tips:


1) when a part has symmetries it's easier (and somewhat more elegant) to make them appear and deal with a smaller portion of the model. So slice your solid with XY and XZ planes, you're left with 1/4th of your model.


2) remove the holes (Geometry > Solid > Remove Face), you'll deal with those last




3.1) mesh the yellow surfaces (2D), extrude them along the yellow arrow (=> 3D)

3.2) imprint the yellow surfaces on the surfaces onto the surface in the back to obtain the orange surfaces: use Geometry > Curve - From Surface > Project to project the curves from the yellow surfaces


4) mesh the orange surfaces (2D). extrude all the element faces (=> 3D)


5) holes: either deleting elements (i.e. a square hole) is enough for your analysis needs, or else you need to delete a bunch of elements around your holes, typically create a pad around the holes (Geometry > Curve - From Surface > Pad) and extrude along the X direction.


6) create symmetries (Mesh > Reflect), merge, check your free edges and voila!



Re: hex meshing

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Here's a video on how to hex-mesh this part -


(view in My Videos)