Sandia-developed software could save hours of manual labor

Sandia computer scientist Mohamed Ebeida looks at geometric models
NOVEL PROCESS — Sandia computer scientist Mohamed Ebeida worked with a team to develop VoroCrust, a software program that creates meshes using polyhedral cells rather than tetrahedral and hexahedral cells. (Photo by Randy Montoya)

A team of researchers led by Sandia has invented a first-of-its-kind software for scientists to create accurate digital representations of complex objects.

The new software, VoroCrust, offers a novel way to create digital representations, called meshes, used by scientists in many disciplines to create geometric models of all kinds of parts, from rotors to wheels to protective equipment.

Complex meshes often have curves, sharp edges or holes. Once created, they look like 3D images used in computer simulations that incorporate algorithms to determine when parts might fail in extreme conditions. This is a helpful — and often essential — aspect of design that precedes the creation of prototypes and parts for testing.

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