In a previous blog article we showed you how to use the new mesh sectioning functionality to visualize a mesh inside your model. This can be very useful for investigating mesh sizing and transitions. When using the mesh sectioning tool, it’s very similar to a section view, but the mesh is clipped to element faces nearest the section plane. This leads to plots like the one shown below:
Another Way to Visualize Internal Mesh
This is a great plot, but sometimes, the “jagged” element faces can be distracting and reduce clarity. Another way to visualize the internal mesh is to create a section clip of any plot. To turn this on, just start a section clip with the section clipping tool, then enable the Show mesh on section plane option as shown in the figure below:
Show mesh on section plane display
This view projects the mesh edges onto the section plane, allowing for a flat view of the mesh without the jagged element faces. This can be useful for visualizing stress distribution, and the transition of your mesh sizing.
More SOLIDWORKS 2016 Tips
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