Meshing 3D STEP & IGES CAD models
Step & iges CAD files can be imported into LISA and meshed to form tetrahedral or quad-dominated surface meshes.
2D triangle mesher
The polyline tool in the mouse menu can be used to sketch 2D profiles. The sketch can be with or without holes and can be graded (varying element sizes). After the sketch is made, the model menu-> 2D triangle mesher, will create a mesh of 3 node triangle elements, which can also be converted to 4 node elements if required, by using the change shape tool. There is also a facility to load a background bitmap image which can be used as a guide for making the sketches of the 2D profiles.
Importing COSMOS mesh files
Some CAD programs are able to generate an FE mesh from CAD models in a format for use with the COSMOS finite element analysis program. LISA has a COSMOS port by which data in the COSMOS file format can be loaded into LISA.