Finding the Culprit Node/Element
Every now and then, I get the question “How do I find a particular node in the mesh?” The most likely reason for the question was to diagnose the cause of a solver error message that referenced a particular node.
The solution is simple yet tricky. The solution can be obtained easily by doing the following:
- Right click on the mesh folder and select “List Selected”.
- Choose either nodes or elements based on what was indicated in the error message.
- Select the component(s) from the solid body/surface body folder in the SOLIDWORKS FeatureManager Design Tree, and hit Update.
This will list all the nodes/elements in the mesh.
Now comes the tricky part – having to scroll inside the small list-window (in the List Selected property manager) until you find the required node/element. A good enhancement to this would be to allow the user to key in the node/element number and thus avoid having to replace the up/down arrow keys on the keyboard prematurely!!