How to use simulation results to create a Point Map or Field


Learn to use the results of a Simulation to drive the design of your part by creating a Point Map or Field. 


Under the Simulation tab in the Exchange section, there is a variety of options for using the results of your simulation. You can export the results, meshes, models, and use certain results as point maps to influence your design. 


In this example, let's use the Von Mises Stress Point Map.


1. Create a Point Map

    • Add a Von Mises Stress Point Map
    • Insert the Static Analysis block into the input


This creates a Point Map of the Von Mises stress. When visible, you can toggle the Lower or Upper bounds of the Point Map. The Point Map is the stepping stone to utilizing the Simulation results. It can be exported, filtered to show the max or min values, and can create a Field for further design changes. 


2. Convert the Point Map into a Field

    • Add a Field from Point Map block
    • Insert the Von Mises Point Map into the Point Map input
      • Read more about the Extrapolation and Interpolation options here


To see the field, use the Field Viewer (hotkey f) to view the field. The field can be used to edit densities, thicknesses, and other values that affect your design. 


3. Optional: Create a Ramp using your Field

    • To use these results as a Ramp, insert the Field from Point Map as the 'Scalar Field'
    • Take a look at the values in the HUD for whichever property you are using. Use these values as the In Min and In Max for the range
    • Set the Out Min and Out Max to correspond to the property you are ramping


And that’s it! You’ve successfully created a Field from your static analysis

4. If you want to use the Displacement Results:

    • Add a Displacement Point Map block
    • Insert that into the Point map input on a Field from Point Map block. This creates a Vector Field Point Map because the displacement has a value for each direction (X, Y, Z). 
    • To use this in a Ramp, open up the Properties of the Field from Point Map block and use one of the Length, X, Y, or Z field chips as the scalar field. The Length field is the resultant Displacement from the Vector fields.


Are you still having issues? Contact the support team, and we’ll be happy to help!

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  • Hello,
    Thank you for post. I have problem when I choose Displacement Point Map since it is not scalar. So I can not use ramp module. Do you have any solution for it?

    Thank you

  • Hi Nuri, I've added an extra section in the article that tells you how to do this.

  • Yes, it worked. Thank you. Is there any way to use all direction on ramp? or Convert vector values to scalar values ? I want to use 3 direction in ramp.

  • Ah, my apologies I led you astray there. You can use the Length field for the resultant displacement values (same values that you see in the Displacement Point Map)

  • When I downloaded the example file, the stress map does not appear as the rainbow displayed (has black spotted sections almost as if there is a black and gray part overlapped). I've played with all the toggle visibility options. Is there any reason/setting I may have on by default that would cause this?


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