The Simulation Results Viewer, first introduced in version 8.3.0, combines the functionality of four of SOLIDCast’s existing plot types into a single application, using a modern user interface better suited to today’s operating systems and users. Compared to the SOLIDCast model builder, the way you interact with the Results Viewer is different. This unit includes the presentation of the plots as well as the mouse and keyboard controls needed to set them up.
To use the viewer, you must first have a project that has a finished simulation. You will also need to load a model. Once you have done this, click on Tools from the top menu:
Select the Simulation Results Viewer from the list of available utilities.
Once you start the viewer, the system will display the main menu, along with a listing of all available simulations from your project.
Highlight the simulation results you want to examine, then click the View button. The viewer will load up the simulation data, and will produce an initial display similar to the following:
First let’s look at the various keyboard commands and mouse functions for controlling the display. Then we will examine the plotting functions themselves.
Keyboard Commands in the SOLIDCast Simulation Results Viewer
The list below details the behavior of the Simulation Results Viewer when given keyboard commands (i.e. CTRL + 1, CTRL + U, etc.).
Front (XZ) View – CTRL + F
Back (-XZ) View – CTRL + B
Top (XY) View – CTRL + U (as in “up”)
Bottom (-XY) View – CTRL + D (as in “down”)
Left Side (YZ) View – CTRL + L
Right Side (-YZ) View – CTRL + R
CTRL + 0 sets the default Isometric View, which is the same action as clicking the
Iso View button.
CTRL + a number sets alternate Isometric Views useful for examining alternate angles on the model. Each increase in number rotates the model by 45 degrees.
Mouse Input in the SOLIDCast Simulation Results Viewer
The list below details the behavior of the Simulation Results Viewer when given mouse gesture input (i.e. clicking, dragging).
Right Mouse Button
Click and Drag: Rotate.
If the right-mouse button is clicked with the cursor over a portion of the model, the rotation will be around that point.
If the right-mouse button is clicked with the cursor over the white background, the rotation will be around the center of the model in the screen.
- SHIFT + Click and Drag: Pan
- CTRL + Click and Drag: Zoom
- CTRL + SHIFT + Click and Drag: Rubber-Band Zoom
- Double-Click: Change the center of rotation
Center Mouse Button
- Click and Drag: Pan
Left Mouse Button
- Click: If a Cut-Plane or CastPic plot has been run, the left mouse button will display all the simulation result data for the point clicked.
All of the plotting features in version 8.2 (Iso-Surface, Cut-Plane and Cast-Pic) are still available in version 8.3 and above in their usual places. The next section describes the Simulation Results Viewer features in terms of SOLIDCast 8.2.
The QuickPlot utility in version 8.2, accessed through the “Tools” menu, permits very rapid plots of the simulation results using the finite difference mesh nodes, plotted over an outline projection of the model.
Quick Plot and Simulation Results Viewer in Version 8.3
In the Simulation Results Viewer, QuickPlot is the first report type visible after the simulation results are loaded. Controls for configuring the plot are essentially the same. There are drag bars and numeric entry fields to set the plotting range. The second through fourth selections under “Display Type” correspond between both versions of the tool. In the Simulation Results Viewer, a fifth plot type, at the top of the list, will permit you to plot only areas of interest.