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This document is a basic introduction to using MSC SimXpert..Topics covered include: * Overview of SimXpert * SimXpert User Interface * Description of Menus * Parts * Switching Workspaces * Toolbars * Graphical Picking and Pick Filters * Solutions and Workflow


Getting Started Introduction

2 Getting Started

Overview of SimXpert

Overview of SimXpertSimXpert is an integral component of the enterprise simulation environment. It incorporates direct integration with SimManager and SimDesigner. SimXpert is a multi-disciplinary simulation environment for the analyst including workspaces between which one common model can be shared. The workspaces provide different tools appropriate to the discipline: Structures: Linear and nonlinear, static and dynamic Finite Element Analysis (FEA) using MD

Nastran Thermal: Linear FEA using MD Nastran Motion: Multi-body dynamics of rigid and flexible bodies using the Adams C++ solver Crash: Nonlinear explicit dynamic FEA using LS-Dyna MD Explicit: Nonlinear explicit dynamic FEA using MD Nastran Template Builder: Captures Simulation Procedures Consisting Of SimXpert Commands And

Macros Systems and Controls: mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, thermal, gas dynamics,

powertrain, vehicle dynamics analysis using Easy5 All solvers are included in SimXpert. Workspaces filter the simulation model and only the parts of the model that have relevance to a workspace are visible. The simulation process allows knowledge capture and re-use through the use of templates.The template builder allows you to: Define a sequence of tasks and sub-tasks. Drag-and-drop existing scripts in a visual editing environment. Publish the finished template to SimManager for re-use across an organization.

Introduction 3 Starting SimXpert

Starting SimXpertYou can start SimXpert just as you would any software application. To start SimXpert do one of the following: Choose Start Programs MSC.Software SimXpert 2010 You may start SimXpert by double clicking a desktop icon similar to the one depicted below

Startup ScreenWhen you first enter SimXpert you will see the following startup screen.

Create a new database Select an existing database to open

Select a workspace in which to open a database

Access online help

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Starting SimXpert

SimXpert Interface

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SimXpert Graphical User Interface (GUI)

SimXpert Graphical User Interface (GUI)The following figure shows the screen layout for SimXpert. All windows can be moved and resized. The regions that are common to all workspaces are shown and described in this section of document..Main menu bar Toolbars Workspace Tool Ribbon Workspace management

Model Browser

Message region

Graphics Window

SimXpert Interface 7 Common Workspace Menus

Common Workspace MenusMain Menu BarThis section covers menus from the main menu bar that are common to every workspace.


The File menu allows you to manipulate databases: Create a new database. Open an existing database. Save an open database, or save under a different name. Enables you to print or save images of your graphics window or exit SimXpert.

Database manipulation

Print or save image files of graphics window

Exit SimXpert

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Common Workspace Menus

File Import Using the Geometry as Parasolid option, you can directly open a model or part file generated by the CAD codes as shown in Figure 1. SimXpert will convert the CAD information on the fly to parasolid format. No local licenses for the CAD software are required for this option. SimXpert can also directly access CATIA, Pro/Engineer, and Unigraphics files with no geometry translation involved. CAD features, parameters, and geometry can be modified within SimXpert with updates then added back to the original file. This option uses the local CAD installation directly and therefore a license is required.

CAD geometry translated to parasolid No CAD license required

Direct CAD access CAD license required

Figure 1 Edit

Supported Geometry Interfaces

The Edit menu allows you to: Delete and graphically hide or show entities. Modify properties of entities in your model. Update SimXpert entities to reflect changes in the associated CAD file. Undo and Redo commands.

SimXpert Interface 9 Common Workspace Menus

Allows you to select Finite Element objects to delete Allows you to select Geometry objects to delete Graphically hide or display entities

Modify properties (Pre-select an item first) Update SimXpert entities from CAD


The View menu allows you to control: The appearance of your screen. The appearance of your model in the graphics window. Which toolbars and regions are displayed.

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Common Workspace Menus

Options affecting graphics window display.

Turn toolbars on or off Turn regions of the SimXpert display on or off Control entity display

The View menu is used to control the appearance of your screen. There are options that control the appearance of your model in the graphics window which will be discussed in more detail in the following paragraphs. You can also use this menu to control which toolbars and regions are displayed. View Model Views There are some pre-defined orientations that you can access from this menu. The same options are also available from the Model Views toolbar.

SimXpert Interface 11 Common Workspace Menus

Model Views toolbar

More pre-defined views are available using the View Region which can be activated by selecting View Regions View. View Display You can fine-tune the above orientations using the Display submenu. After selecting any of the rotate, pan, or zoom options, drag the mouse in the window to perform the action. Notice that there are also keyboard shortcuts that can be pressed to activate Rotate, Zoom, and Pan. The same options are also available from the View Manipulation toolbar. You can also dynamically rotate your model by dragging the middle mouse button in the graphics window. You can dynamically zoom the model using Ctrl+middle mouse or by turning the middle mouse wheel. Shift+middle mouse dynamically pans the model.

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Common Workspace Menus


Fit the model in the window

Drag a rectangular region for zoom Zoom with respect to window center Zoom around the point where the mouse is clicked. Translate the model by dragging the mouse Rotate the model by dragging the mouse Screen select a center of rotation/zoom Rotate/zoom about the center of the graphics window Rotate around model axes View Manipulation toolbar Rotate around screen axes: X is horizontal, Y is vertical, and Z is pointing out of the screen

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View Custom Views If you create an orientation that you would like to recall at a future time, you can save the view using Custom Views > Create Custom View and enter a view name under which to store the view.

The view can be recalled at any time by selecting it from the Custom Views menu or the Model Views toolbar.Model Views toolbar

Select your custom view from either the Custom Views menu or the Model Views toolbar

Custom views will be saved with the database. They can be exported using File Export User Views for import into other databases.

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Common Workspace Menus

View Render The appearance of your model is controlled from the Render option of the View menu. The same commands are also available from the Render toolbar.

Apply to geometry model only Apply to Finite Element model only

Render toolbar

Toggles shaded images between smooth and flat shading

Geometry shading is also controlled from the Geometry Graphics toolbar.Toggles display of hatch lines on geometry

Toggles geometry face shading

View Scenes A scene consists of the current contents of the window including parts, connections, and boundary conditions. Current view, graphics and visibility state are also saved with the scene by default. If you isolate subsets of your model that you would like to recall as a group at a future time, you can save them as a scene using Scenes Create Scene and entering a scene name.

SimXpert Interface 15 Common Workspace Menus

The scene can be recalled at any time by selecting it from the Scenes menu or from the list in the Scenes tab of the Model Browser.

Select your scene name either from the Scenes menu or the Scenes tab of the Model Browser

The built in scene All holds the entire contents of your model with no entities hidden. You can recall your entire model to the display by selecting the Action Show scene and clicking All from the list of scenes. Tools

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Common Workspace Menus

The Tools menu is used to: 1. Report model information and statistics 2. Provide options to move entities. 3. Perform calculations (also available on the Tools toolbar). 4. Record and run Macros 5. Change appearance or default functionality, establish a system of units for the model. (Options). 6. Access scripts and templates.Tools toolbar

Model information and statistics

Menu to move/copy entities

Options Editor

Scripts and templates

Tools Options The Options Editor provides a single dialog to set options for all applications in SimXpert. Options are presented in a tree view branched by category.

SimXpert Interface 17 Common Workspace Menus

Mouse Options The following form shows the default mouse settings. Notice that you can drag the middle mouse button to dynamically rotate the model. To dynamically zoom and pan, press the Ctrl or Shift keys while dragging the middle mouse button

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Common Workspace Menus


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