TECHUseful TIPS Display Options By Edwin Goei, Technical Representative, MSC Software
Sometimes it’s the simplest things that may not be the most obvious. Here a few tips on the subject of Patran display options that you may have not known about, but will prove to be useful as you face more complicated issues.
HOW TO GET ID NUMBERS TO APPEAR ON AN ENTITY AS YOU HOVER OVER THEM:
There are some situations when you are working with a complicated model that you don’t want to turn all of your ID labels on.
There are some situations when you are working with a complicated model that you don’t want to turn all of your ID labels on. To do so would make your screen too cluttered with IDs. Yet what if you still want to identify entities IDs on-the-fly? The solution is to turn on “Label Highlighting” under Preselection Highlighting. This is found in Preferences/ Picking form. With the toggle turned on, the ID of the entity you hover over with your mouse will now highlight.
HOW TO GET SOLID FACE ID LABELS TO GRAPHICALLY APPEAR ON YOUR MODEL: Solid face ID labels are usually not visible, and there is no option in Patran’s main form to turn them on. However there are instances, such as pressure application, in which being able to see the ID labels would prove to be useful. The solution is in Utilities, where there is a tool under Display/ Geometry Free Faces/Edges that
allows you to turn on the labels for solid faces as well as solid vertices and edges. The labels will disappear after you Cancel out of the utility, however. So leave the utility open until you are ready for the IDs to be cleared off the screen.
HOW TO REMOVE THE “+” ORIGIN SYMBOL FROM THE SCREEN: There are instances when you capture images of your Viewport for presentations and reports that you want the background to be as clean as possible. Most users are not aware that the origin symbol (the “+” which indicates where the location of (0, 0, 0) is) can be deactivated. You can turn it off in Viewport/Modify—a location that’s not very obvious to some Patran users.
Volume III - Winter 2013