ANSA Alternatives

    ANSA is described as 'advanced multidisciplinary CAE pre-processing tool that provides all the necessary functionality for full-model build up, from CAD data to ready-to-run solver input file, in a single integrated environment'. There are more than 10 alternatives to ANSA for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and Windows Phone. The best alternative is Blender, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like ANSA are SALOME (Free, Open Source), Gmsh (Free, Open Source), MagicaCSG (Free) and PhotoAnim (Free).

    This page was last updated May 21, 2021

      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      HyperMesh is a market-leading, multi-disciplinary finite element pre-processor which manages the generation of the largest, most complex models, starting with the import of a CAD geometry to exporting ready-to-run solver file.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      TetGen is a program to generate tetrahedral meshes of any 3D polyhedral domains. TetGen generates exact constrained Delaunay tetrahedralizations, boundary conforming Delaunay meshes, and Voronoi partitions.


    1. Working with 3D files using MeshMagic free 3D modelling software is intuitive. Quickly draw a 2D design and expand it to a 3D mesh. Import an existing STL file or other 3D file and modify it.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      enGrid is an open-source mesh generation software with CFD applications in mind. enGrid uses an in-house development for surface meshing and prismatic boundary layers; a module for hex far-fields will be added in the next release.
    2. Pointwise is the choice for CFD Meshing. It's easy to use, highly automated, provides direct interfaces to popular CFD analysis software, and comes with professional tech support.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      NETGEN is an automatic 3d tetrahedral mesh generator. It accepts input from constructive solid geometry (CSG) or boundary representation (BRep) from STL file format.
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