LSTC was purchased by ANSYS today
Wow this is actually pretty big news. LSTC (creator of LS-Dyna) has been bought by ANSYS. It’ll be interesting if this has any affect on LS-Dyna users.
I just joined the group and thought this would be a good place to get started 🙂
I think it is reasonable to expect: a) overall prices to go up over time, b) WorkBench integration to strengthen (I suppose good news for ANSYS users), and c) a bit of cloud around LS-PrePost (could go either way - either with a stronger CAD engine and integration with Python on both the pre and post-processing front). It is also reasonable to expect long term developments (CESE comes to mind) to come under scrutiny.
I agree. I find it more powerful than some of the GUIs with other fancier tools. Even though it has a limited CAD engine, its list of CAD features puts some of the leading commercial tools to shame. Block mesher is one of the most powerful hex meshers there is (grew out of INGRID at Lawrence Livermore) but it is a wall to climb for most users and the lack of documentation makes it essentially useless. The downsides, as you note, in addition to a lack of documentation, the buggy nature of the features, lack of strong API for pre-processing, etc.
I may have oversold the block mesher when I said it "is one of the most powerful hex meshers there is" 🙂 It is powerful but it is hard and non-intuitive to use. TrueGrid is a commercial (and very cheap!) tool for hex meshing that is also based off of INGRID. I think TrueGrid (XYZ Scientific) offers training for their tool whose user interface is from the 80s 🙂
There is a YouTube channel in which someone walks through the steps of hex meshing tricky geometries.
By the way, I appreciate your videos on your YouTube channel. Hope this social network platform, the channel, etc. is bringing in revenue so you can continue to do this for the long haul and grow!
Here is the YouTube channel I referred to in my previous post.