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How to run a Python script automatically in MSC Apex

There may be a number of things you repeat every time you create a new model, like creating a material or defining a number of standard beam sections. It's tedious work and prone to error, but you don't have to. You can simply have a simple Python script (which you can record as a macro), […]

How to setup menu buttons for custom scripts in MSC Apex
Preparing a large Creo (ProE) assembly for analysis in under 15min

This video shows how a large "trommel" (mineral processing drum) is quickly setup for analysis in only 15 minutes using MSC Apex. A process that typically took 10 hours to complete, from import to first results available, is now completed in less than an hour.

Fix Creo (ProE) CAD files with defects for FEA purposes

CAD files like this Creo (ProE) file often contains defects that leaves the geometry useless for FEA purposes. Such defects normally manifests as failed geometry edit or meshing operations and then the reason for the failed action is seldom known and near impossible to correct. In this 3min video I will show you how to […]

How to create a Parasolid from an STL file

What follows is a tried an tested method to create a Parasolid from an STL file using Mentat and MSC Apex. Summary of steps: 1) Import the STL into Mentat using the FEM option (Target Entities) 2) Export a BDF file 3) Import the BDF into MSC Apex 4) Using the "Geometry from Mesh" option, […]

Sharpen the saw - MSC Apex

Cleaning or simplifying geometry for analysis is an art (and if you don't think so, you've been doing it for too long!). There are few set rules and the tricks of the trade you normally learn by mistake or by looking over someone else's shoulder. With this blog (and possibly more), I do NOT imply […]

18 (Now 20) Real Reasons Why MSC Apex Is My No. 1 CAD Clean-Up Tool of Choice

Winning Awards Its no secret that I love working with MSC Apex, but I am not alone. Winning 14(!) prestigious product awards (since only 2014), means MSC Apex is officially the latest and greatest CAE technology available on the market today. Apart from winning 14 product awards, MSC Software also managed to submit no less than 25 […]

Stitched Versus Glue, the Verdict Is In!

In this article I will put a compelling argument forward why glued meshes (with a gap) are a much better option that the more traditional stitched mesh approach for modelling thin plate structures with 2D shell elements. The Compromise FEA analysts still often represent thin solid parts using 2D (shell) elements with a thickness property […]

Saving Time with Computational Parts in MSC Apex

The power and cost saving aspect of using Computational Parts can be seen in this quick test. In a quick comparison, a second assembly analysis of 8 parts took only 63% of the time compared to the initial analysis. This was made possible by the computational parts that MSC Apex creates automatically when solving assemblies. […]

Handy Tools in MSC Apex to Speed-Up FE Modelling

The Abderdeen group has found that on average, analysts across industries spend up to 80% of their time on CAD clean-up for analysis purposes. MSC Apex Modeller has proven without a doubt that it brings a new way of editing (and creating) geometry which rapidly improves the created meshes and within a much shorter time […]

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