As discussed in our 2016 Blog series, there have been many enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2016. A new and very useful tool in understanding the internal results of simulation studies has been created. This tool is mesh sectioning. It is available in both as a basic mesh plot and inside results plots.
To create a basic mesh sectioning of a file, right-click on mesh and select “Create Mesh Plot.” Select “Mesh” under “Display.”
Once the mesh quality plot has been created you can right-click on it and select “Mesh Sectioning.” This works just like Section Views in how it is created.
This allows you to see how the part/assembly is broken up internally in mesh elements.
This same process can be applied to results plots like Stress, Displacement, etc. Make sure the plot is visible, then right-click on it under the Results folder and select “Mesh Sectioning.” The propertymanager looks exactly the same as when doing a basic mesh section. This will give greater understanding to what is happening internally to the part/assembly.
Chad Whitbeck, CSWP
Applications Engineer, CATI