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Properties panel

The properties panel shows information about whatever you have selected in the model. You can select items in the tree or in the 3D viewer.

If you need extra space, you can select Collapse properties panel to collapse the properties panel.

See also Parameters.

Help

When nothing is selected in your model, the properties panel shows general help information.

Help in the properties panel

You will not be able to run a simulation study until all the items listed have a .

Select an unchecked item in this list to be taken to the appropriate point in the Modeler. For example, select Assign materials to all volumes to automatically select a CAD part that has not been assigned a material.

CAD file

When you select a CAD file in the tree, the properties panel shows the Length unit property. This property is not available where the length unit is explicitly set in the CAD file itself.

CAD file properties

Property Description
Length Unit The length unit for the model (Meters, Millimeters, Micrometers, Nanometers, Feet, Inches, or Mils).

Part

When you select a CAD part, the properties panel shows the properties of this part.

Part properties in the properties panel

If you select multiple CAD parts, the Transform property is not shown.

Property Description
Material
Apply a material to this CAD part.
Global Materials: Shows the full list of available materials. You can type in the search box to filter this list.
Version Materials: Lists materials that you have already added to the design version. On desktops and laptops, hover over a colored dot to see the material’s name.
Once you have selected a material, shows beside the dropdown. This action is not yet functional but will be available in a future release to let you view and edit the material’s properties.

The other properties are not yet functional. They will be available in a future release.

Physics constraints

When you create a physics constraint, such as a force load, the properties panel shows its properties. Edit these properties and then select Done to create the physics constraint.

Alternatively select to remove the physics constraint.

Static force load properties

When you select a physics constraint that you have previously created, the properties panel shows its properties. Select to edit these properties or to delete the physics constraint.

Properties of a force load (not in edit mode)

If you delete a physics constraint for which you have defined a parameter, you will be asked whether you want to discard this.

If you choose to keep the parameter, it will be orphaned. This means that you will still see it in the Parameters tree but it won’t be associated with anything in your model.

Force load

Property Description
Name A name for the force load. You can change the default name to something more meaningful to you.
Type
In this beta release, you can only select:
Static Load: A load that doesn’t change over time.
Amplitude
The amplitude of the force load in newtons. To reverse the direction of the load, select or enter a negative value. To use a parameter for the load’s value, select . For information about parameter properties, see Parameters.
To remove a parameter that you’ve added, select .
Force Angle
The direction of the force load.
As well as entering angles here, you can select the force load again in the 3D viewer to show protractors. Drag the red markers on the protractors to set the force’s direction.
Protractors in the 3D viewer

Traction load

Property Description
Name A name for the traction load. You can change the default name to something more meaningful to you.
Type
In this beta release, you can only select:
Static Load: A load that doesn’t change over time.
Amplitude
The amplitude of the traction load in pascals. To reverse the direction of the load, select or enter a negative value. To use a parameter for the load’s value, select . For information about parameter properties, see Parameters.
To remove a parameter that you’ve added, select .
Force Angle
The direction of the traction load.
As well as entering angles here, you can select the traction load again in the 3D viewer to show protractors. Drag the red markers on the protractors to set the traction’s direction.

Pressure load

Property Description
Name A name for the pressure load. You can change the default name to something more meaningful to you.
Type
In this beta release, you can only select:
Static Load: A load that doesn’t change over time.
Amplitude
The amplitude of the pressure load in pascals. Select to reverse the direction of the load or to use a parameter for the load’s value. For information about parameter properties, see Parameters.
To remove a parameter that you’ve added, select .

Fixture

Property Description
Name A name for the fixture. You can change the default name to something more meaningful to you.

Simulation study

When you select a simulation study in the Simulations tree, the properties panel shows options related to this study.

Current study in the properties panel

Select Current Study to run a new simulation study, or select an existing study to view the results of that study.

Option Description
Mesh
For a new study, select the mesh size (Coarse, Medium, Fine).
Meshing in OnScale Solve is automatic. A finer mesh increases accuracy but also increases simulation time and core-hour cost.
Estimate
For a new study, select MESH & ESTIMATE. OnScale Solve then automatically meshes your model, estimates how long the simulation study will take to run, and estimates what the likely core-hour cost will be. You must estimate a simulation study before you can run it.

To cancel the meshing and estimation operation, hover over the word Queued or Meshing and then select CANCEL ESTIMATE.

Cancel estimate

Once the meshing and estimation process has finished, the cost–time slider shows. Dragging this changes the estimated core-hour cost and time. By using additional computational resources for the simulation study (and hence spending additional core-hours), the simulation study can be completed faster.

Set this slider as required and then select RUN to run the simulation study.

Current study (estimated) in the properties panel

You can cancel a simulation study that is running from the simulation details page.

Results For a completed study, select View Results to open the results in the Results tab.

A simulation study that has been run in the properties panel