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HyperMesh New Features

What's new with HyperMesh 2017 ? Watch the video to see what's new in the most recent release of HyperMesh.

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HyperMesh includes various enhancements to strengthen core competencies, adds domain specific tools, and automates CAE processes. This version provides a new approach to modular model build which facilitates the common model build workflow and enables work package distribution for concurrent modeling. There are major improvements in the automation and repeatability of meshing tasks with new mesh controls. Other improvements include performance, usability, such as undo redo, and several tools designed to manage and generate models more efficiently.

Model Build & Assembly

  • Part Browser is an integrated CAE environment dedicated to part-level Common Model Build and Assembly, Representation Management, and Configuration Management. A bi-directional link to PDM enables the smooth import and export of model hierarchy.

  • BatchMesher integration enables the seamless generation of all discipline-specific mesh representations.

  • Part Library forms an integral part of data management and revision control within the Part browser and serves as a centralized library of HyperMesh parts, which in turn facilitates the collaboration between simulation teams both locally and abroad. Part Library is also integral for managing, controlling and updating Major, Study and Library Part revisions.


  • Mechanism tool enables the modelling of kinematic systems by definition of kinematic assemblies (bodies) and kinematic joints. This tool is especially useful for seat mechanisms but can also be applied for modeling any kind of kinematic systems. On-screen manipulators help make this process very intuitive.

  • HyperMesh provides an entirely new dummy positioner featuring manipulators and automatic multi-limb positioning. These tools ensure that when one part of the dummy is positioned, all dependent parts of the dummy move accordingly.


  • Entity highlighting for all entity types is now possible. Selected entities are displayed in the component color while the remainder of the model is displayed as gray and transparent.

  • The new view mode, By Thickness, shows element thicknesses as discrete values or ranges. A slider helps you set the threshold for displayed thicknesses.

Meshing & Geometry

  • A new entity lets you define, store and manipulate relevant geometric dimensions in the model from within the browser and through Tcl APIs. Dimensions can be parameterized and linked together via parameter entity expressions. These parameters are automatically exported to HyperStudy enabling easy access to design optimization studies.

  • HyperMesh can read in parameter files from NX.

  • New surfaces panel option lets you create surfaces by dragging lines along the normal of adjacent surfaces. This option is especially useful for creating ribs and spars in aerospace models.

  • Batchmeshing:

    • Enhancements for meshing flanges enable significantly better mesh flow.

    • Batchmesher provides an option to defeature geometries by specifying ranges. A cleanup routine can stitch gaps left behind by fixing the geometry or mesh.

  • CFD Meshing:

    • Adaptive Wrap Mesher features improved performance and accuracy.

    • SPH meshing handles complex models with very few clicks.


  • Connector browser usability enhancements include the query builder, which is a filter to reduce the size of the connector list based on search criteria.

  • A group link for hexa seams and area connectors combines links on both sides of the connector into a group.

  • Seam connectors are more reliable and ensure that opposite link partners are connected even if other potential linking partners are closer. Connectors can also be repositioned in the middle between their linking partners.

  • CWELD realization for OptiStruct and Nastran is significantly simplified. Enhancements to the connector type include node-to-surface connections as well as the option to re-enter the connection node.


  • The OptiStruct interface provides a new contact browser with auto contact creation. Solver conversion from Abaqus to OptiStruct is enhanced to support nonlinear analysis cards.

  • RADIOSS provides a new Find Connectivity tool, which complements the traditional Find Attached seliarch routines, and extends the search results of connections defined in solver cards. The type of connections considered in the search can be user-defined.

  • Numerous keyword updates for all interfaces include latest functionality for all supported solvers.


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On screen editing of legends and iso-surfaces Improved quality and performance of the CFD shrink wrap mesher Review of model browser entities Entirely new dummy positioner and seat mechanism tool New auto contact in the OptiStruct interface Common model build: One model, many variants Entirely new mass trimming tool
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