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Help > Solve > Modeler > Tree

Tree

The tree shows information about your model in a hierarchical tree format.

Tree nodes can be expanded by selecting  and collapsed by selecting .

When you select a node in the tree that can be interacted with, the properties panel updates to show the properties of that node.

The tree’s title is a dropdown: use it to select what information is shown in the tree. You have the following options:

Model Tree

With Model Tree selected in the title dropdown, the tree shows information about your model’s geometry.

In the Model Tree, each part of a CAD file is listed beneath the CAD file, and each face of a part is listed beneath the part.

On desktops and laptops, hover over a part or face in the tree to highlight it in the 3D viewer.

You can select multiple parts or multiple faces. To clear your selection, click or tap the empty space around the model in the 3D viewer.

To assign a material to one or more selected parts, use the Material field in the properties panel.

Renaming, hiding, isolating, and suppressing

You can hide, isolate, or suppress CAD parts.

The following table describes what each operation does. See Part icons and Right-click context menu for information on how to perform these operations.

Action Description
Rename Rename part or CAD file.
Hide
Hide the part in the 3D viewer. This can help you to focus on other parts in your model.
This does not remove the part from your model and the part will still be considered when you run a simulation study.
Isolate
Hide all other parts in the 3D viewer and show only this one.
Once you’ve isolated a CAD part, you enter isolation mode. You can then choose to show additional parts by isolating them also. To exit isolation mode, either select EXIT ISOLATION MODE or hide all parts.
Suppress
Hide the part and remove it from your model. It will not be considered when you run a simulation study.
If you have already applied physics constraints and/or parameters to the part, you will be asked whether you want to discard these.
If you choose to keep physics constraints / parameters, they will be orphaned. This means that you will still see them in the Physics/Parameter tree but they won’t be associated with anything in your model (since the part has been suppressed). If you later decide to unsuppress the part, they will automatically be applied to the part again.

Part icons

Icon Description
Part is visible. Select to hide it.
Part is hidden. Select to show it ( ) or, if in isolation mode, to isolate it ( ).
Part is isolated. Select to hide the part or, if this is the only isolated part, to exit isolation mode.

Where a part has been suppressed, its name is shown struck through.

Right-click context menu

Action Description
Rename Rename the part or face.
Hide > Hide Hide a visible part.
Hide > Show Show a hidden part.
Hide > Isolate Isolate the part.
Suppress Suppress the part.
Unsuppress Unsuppress the part.

Physics

With Physics selected in the title dropdown, the tree shows information about physics constraints that have been applied to the model.

You add physics constraints using the toolbar.

Each load or fixture is listed under the appropriate Physics type, and the faces to which it has been applied are listed under it.

 

To edit or remove a load or fixture, select it in the tree (or in the 3D viewer). The properties panel updates to show the properties of the load/fixture. Select to edit these properties or to delete the load/fixture.

Right-click context menu

Action Description
Edit Physics Edit the physics constraint’s properties (in the properties panel).
Rename Rename the physics constraint.
Remove Remove the physics constraint.

Simulations

With Simulations selected in the title dropdown, the tree shows information about any simulation studies that have been run for this design version. It also includes a Current Study node that you can select to run a new simulation study.

Expand a simulation study to list the simulations in that study.

 

When you select a simulation study in the tree, information about that study is shown in the properties panel. From there you can run a new study or view the results of a completed study.

You can also view the results of a completed study by selecting in the tree (shown on hover on desktops and laptops and on selection of the simulation study on tablets).

You can run multiple simulation studies at once. You don’t have to wait for a simulation study to finish before running another one.

Right-click context menu

Action Description
Rename Rename the simulation study.

Materials

With Simulations selected in the title dropdown, the tree shows materials that you’ve added to your model. Expand a material to show the parts that have been assigned this material.

 

To add a material to your model, select a part in the model tree or in the 3D viewer and then use the Material dropdown in the properties panel to assign a material to the part.

Parameters

With Parameters selected in the title dropdown, the tree shows parameters that you’ve added to your model. Expand a parameter to show the component of your model to which the parameter applies.

 

When you select a parameter in the tree, its properties are shown in the properties panel.

To add a parameter to your model, select when setting the value of a load in the properties panel.

In future releases you will be able to use parameters for other components of your model.

Right-click context menu

Action Description
Edit Parameter Edit the parameter’s properties. See Parameters.
Rename Rename the parameter.