Tutorials

Something look different than expected? Don’t know how to fully customize your FEA plots? Check out our tutorials!

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PDF 3D capabilities. Adobe Acrobat
3D PDF gives users a number of useful tools to view and manipulate geometry. Some of them are intuitive visible from the start, some are hidden and need an introduction. This tutorial provides tips for best 3D PDF experience.
Tutorial 1 - PDF 3D capabilities

  • how to effectively use components;
  • how to effectively manipulate geometry with mouse and keyboard;
  • how to change views and camera target;
  • how to use cross-sections;
  • how to measure and comment;

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pdfPost & ANSYS Workbench extension for starters. ANSYS Mechanical 15 and higher, pdfPost 1.60, Adobe Acrobat
This tutorial shows how to convert ANSYS Mechanical simulation data to 3D PDF using pdfPost and ANSYS Mechanical ACT extension. Our goal is, to create PDF document with valve geometry and two 3D result plots.  Final 3D plots are attached at the end of each document. We hope, that following tasks will be clear after this tutorial:
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  • how to check, enable and install of the ACT plug-in in Workbench environment;
  • how to use basic features of pdfPost plot result object in ANSYS Mechanical environment;
  • how to export pdfPost input files;
  • how to define and change plot settings in pdfPost environment;
  • how to create 3D PDF document;

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pdfPost & ANSYS Mechanical APDL library. ANSYS Mechanical APDL, pdfPost 1.60, Adobe Acrobat
This tutorial shows how to convert ANSYS Mechanical APDL simulation data to 3D PDF using pdfPost and APDL library. Our goal is, to create PDF document with valve geometry and two 3D result plots. First, showing elemental mean equivalent stress results and second showing nodal total deformation. Final 3D plots are attached at the end of this document. We hope, that following tasks will be clear after this tutorial:
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  • how to load and use pdfPost APDL library;
  • how to export pdfPost input files;
  • how to define and change plot settings in pdfPost environment;
  • how to create 3D PDF document;

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Customizing Color Legends. pdfPost 1.60, Adobe Acrobat
This tutorial shows how to customize color legends. In pdfPost it is possible to manually override ranges and increase/decrease number of colors. It is also possible to set transparency level for each color.
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  • how to manually override color ranges;
  • how to add/remove colors;
  • how to set transparency level;

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Parameters. pdfPost 1.90, Adobe Acrobat
This tutorial shows how to use parameters in certain fields of the pdfPost XML configuration file. In pdfPost 1.9, three (3) types of parameters were introduced:

  • Double / Integer
  • String
  • Incremental

Currently, parameters can be used only in few fields (Plot Title, Plot Description, Plot Footer and Value Ranges). In this tutorial, all types of parameters will be presented with the emphasis on dynamic color legend (Value Ranges).
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Batch Mode. pdfPost 1.90, Adobe Acrobat
This tutorial shows how to use batch mode and create XML batch configuration files. Batch mode allows to generate PDFs from multiple configuration files at once and to run pdfPost from FEA software (ANSYS, feMAP).
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Using Symbols. pdfPost 1.90, Adobe Acrobat
This tutorial will walk user through options necessary to generate 3D PDF with additional symbols such as force vector or boundary condition. pdfPost allows user to generate user-defined symbols (line segments) based on FE node numbers or XYZ coordinates. Symbols can be grouped and displayed in geometry tree with additional information about value (ex. force magnitude). This option is perfect for sharing information about loads, boundary conditions and couplings.
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External sources. pdfPost 1.90, Adobe Acrobat
For big projects, where a lot of data needs to be generated for single FE geometry, it is possible to define partial XML configuration files, which will be used throughout entire project. Partial XML configuration files can be created for:

  • Plots
  • Components
  • Element Types
  • Parameters

This functionality allows users to save time when changes occur, and project is already in advanced state so time is of the essence. This feature is available from version 1.90.
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