Getting Started


What hardware and software do I need?

Computer: All CRTech software runs in the Windows operating system on a computer meeting the minimum system requirements.

CRTech Software: Thermal Desktop is a geometric thermal modeler that operates in a powerful CAD environment. The underlying solution engine for Thermal Desktop is SINDA/FLUINT. RadCAD® is an optional Thermal Desktop module for radiation heat transfer within the thermal model or between the model and the environment. FloCAD® is another optional Thermal Desktop module for fluid modeling. TD Direct is a powerful finite element mesher that works operates within SpaceClaim and creates an interface with Thermal Desktop. RadCAD, FloCAD, and TD Direct are all installed with Thermal Desktop and activated with license files.

Please see the Product Selection Guide for more information, or contact our sales department.

Third Party Software: A full product version of SINDA/FLUINT (as opposed to a trial version) requires Intel Visual Fortran. Thermal Desktop operates within AutoCAD. TD Direct operates within SpaceClaim. CRTech is a reseller of all of this software, so everything can be purchased together.

License: You will need a license for each part of the software you want to enable. FloCAD, RadCAD, and TD Direct are installed with every instance of Thermal Desktop, but they are only enabled with different license files. Contact CRTech to purchase a license.


How do I install the software?

See our Installation Instructions.


What learning resources are available to me, and how do I get support?

User Manuals: CRTech products install user manuals with SINDA/FLUINT, Thermal Desktop, and TD Direct. They can be accessed through the start menu: Start > All Programs > (SindaFluint or Thermal Desktop). The TD Direct manual is included in the Thermal Desktop folder from the Start Menu.

Tutorials: The Thermal Desktop, RadCAD, FloCAD, and TD Direct User Manuals include tutorial sections. The tutorials start with the basic operations of our software and gradually increase in complexity. The necessary working files for these tutorials are installed with Thermal Desktop in the folder C:\Program Files\Cullimore and Ring\Thermal Desktop\Tutorials. To use these tutorials they will need to be copied to a location not in Program Files.

SINDA/FLUINT Sample Problem Appendix: This appendix to the SINDA/FLUINT User's Manual, contains several in-depth sample models with discussion on the use of various modeling methods. This document can be accessed through the start menu: Start > All Programs > SindaFluint>Sample Problem Doc

Sample Models: CRTech offers a Samples and Applications Forum providing sample problems available to registered customers and evaluators. These sample problems are examples of how to use CRTech software for specific applications.

Training Classes: We offer training classes on all of our products. It is recommended that all new users attend one of our training classes. Although based on training notes available for download, these training classes provide a significant amount of information and instruction that can't be captured in training notes. We offer standard training classes where anyone can attend, or we can also provide specific training for a single organization. For more information, see our Training page.

Topic Classes: CRTech offers a variety of free short, online, topic-based classes. These classes are slightly more advanced because they cover a single topic in more detail. These classes are announced on our website and through newsletters.

Recorded Videos: We have recorded several videos to help explain how to use our software.

Technical Support: If you need help, please start with the product user manuals. The Thermal Desktop manual provides information on the graphical user interface, compared to the SINDA/FLIUNT manual which provides  in-depth information on the modeling details and methods. If you cannot find the information you need in the manuals, visit our user support forum. After all, your question may have already been asked and answered by another user. If your question is still unanswered, please contact the support group. Support tickets may be conveniently created and transmitted from within Thermal Desktop through the Help menu.

FloCAD online training

Class times: May 2 & 4 from 10am to 2pm MT

Cost: $425

This online class will provide an introduction to fluid modeling components within FloCAD. The class will be held over a 2-day period, with daily sessions running approximately 4 hours each. The class uses a mixture of lecture, demonstrations, and self-paced tutorials to allow attendees to practice building fluid system models and interpreting results. The presentations will comprise 2 - 3 hours of each session, and the instructor will be available during the remainder of the time for questions during tutorials. Attendees must have basic working knowledge of SINDA and Thermal Desktop as these topics will not be covered but their usage is required for FloCAD.

Register here

Thermal Desktop, RadCAD, and TD Direct in-class training

Date: April 25-28, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily
Location: Lakewood, CO

CRTech will be hosting introductory training for Thermal Desktop, RadCAD and TD Direct. Lecture and hands-on tutorials introduce attendees to basic Thermal Desktop and RadCAD usage and allow practice building models and interpreting results. The class will also introduce students to SpaceClaim direct modeling CAD interface and advanced meshing tools in TD Direct.

Daily Schedule

Day 1 and 2: Introduction to SINDA and Thermal Desktop
Day 3: Introduction to RadCAD
Day 4: Introduction to TD Direct
 

To learn more about this class and to register, visit our Training Page.

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Using Sinaps? It is not too soon to get started with TD/FloCAD!

This webinar describes the process for converting from Sinaps to Thermal Desktop (TD) and FloCAD. This process includes using an exporter which works with Version 6.0 of the CRTech tool suite (expected to be released in May of 2017).

Come learn about the basics of TD/FloCAD, including many compelling features not available in Sinaps. The webinar will also cover how to manage the transition period, during which you may be using both programs simultaneously. This is also a chance to ask questions. 

If you missed this webinar, please contact us for the presentation material and recording.