Survey on Surface Meshing

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* 1. What line of business do you work in?

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* 2. For which task does your company use meshing tools for surfaces and how often?

  several times a week several times a month rarer not at all
recovery of scan data and conversion of point clouds to meshes
meshing / tessellation of CAD data
preparation / cleanup of broken meshes (filling holes, general repairing functions,...)
as preprocessor for FEM simulation on thin-walled materials (e. g. sheet metal forming)
as preprocessor for other FEM simulations
as a pre-processing step for subsequent volume meshing (e. g. by extrusion)

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* 3. Which of the following tools are you currently using for meshing and how satisfied are you with these tools?

  1 = very satisfied, I miss nothing 2 3 4 5 6 = not satisfied I do not use this software
Altair Hypermesh
Ansys
Autodesk Simulation Mechanical
BETA Systems ANSA
Dessault Systemes CATIA
Dessault Systemes SolidWorks
Siemens Simcenter

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* 4. How satisfied are you with the software you are currently using in terms of the following criteria?

  1 = very satisfied, I miss nothing 2 3 4 5 6 = not satisfied k. A.
Automatism, the creation of a mesh should be done without user interaction if possible
Speed, the creation of a mesh should be as fast as possible
Quality, the mesh should meet certain quality requirements (please specify below)
Manual control, the user should be able to control the creation of the mesh
Robustness, the software has to produce a useful result every time

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* 5. How important are these features to you in your work for a meshing software?

  1 = very important 2 3 4 5 6 = not important
Automatism
Speed
Quality
Manual control
Robustness

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* 6. How often do you need the networking of a component/model?

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* 7. How long does it typically take to mesh a component/model?

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* 8. Do you work with meshing software yourself and can you decide on the purchase of software in your company?

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* 9. What feature does meshing software need to have in order to shorten the process time for meshing? In your opinion, how much time would this save (in terms of hours) and how important is this to you?

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* 10. Would you like to try out a new software tool for re-meshing surfaces (i. e. converting meshes into structured quad meshes)?

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