Simulation Results Viewer Features

by / Tuesday, 30 September 2014 / Published in 8.3, Documentation, How Do I?

The Simulation Results Viewer in version 8.3 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 includes the presentation of the plots as well as the mouse and keyboard controls needed to set them up.

A description of the mouse and keyboard controls for the 8.3 Simulation Results Viewer is stored on the Finite Solutions Website at these locations:

All of the plotting features in version 8.2.5 are also in version 8.3 in their usual places. This document describes the Simulation Results Viewer features in terms of SOLIDCast 8.2.5.

Quick Plot


The QuickPlot utility in version 8.2.5, 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.


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.







View controls (L, R, D, and U, along with the View combo box) are found in the top menu and can be fine-tuned with mouse and keyboard controls. See the instruction pages for those controls for more details






The ISO Surface plot permits you to examine contoured regions of interest in your casting results. In SOLIDCast 8.2.5, the ISO Surface plot appears within a transparent rendering of your casting in the main model builder window. It is a reported problem with Iso-Surface plotting that the system will crash after repeated Iso-Surface plots due to a memory leak in Microsoft Windows.





The Simulation Results Viewer provides Iso-Surface Plotting from the QuickPlot tab. Plot an Iso-Surface by selecting “Plot an Iso-Surface” from the list of options under “Display Type”.




Use the Plotting Range section to set the plot value. Iso-Surface plots construct a contour around regions of interest depending on the selected data type. Some data types, such as Solidification Time or Critical Fraction Solid Time, have regions where the plot of interest surrounds values greater than the selection. Others, such as Material Density, plot regions less than the selected value.

If the numeric field has “Minimum” in its caption, drag the left drag bar to adjust the plot value. If it has “Maximum”, drag the right drag bar. Or, enter a value directly into the field.



The plot color will correspond to the position of the value on the full value range, depending on the plot spectrum selected in its drop-down box. If the plotting palette is set to a solid color, then the plot will always be that color.



Adjusting the Plotting Range drag bars should trigger a re-plot. If anything doesn’t look right, simply press the PLOT button to force the system to compute the plot according to your settings.



Cut Plane


The Cut-Plane plot permits you to examine the interior of your simulation results along an orthogonal plane. In SOLIDCast 8.2.5 the plot range and selected cutting plane are chosen in advance, upon which the cut position appears in the model builder, with a plot of that position appearing in a neighboring window, where there are controls to adjust the plane position or interrogate a specific point in the model.




In the Simulation results viewer, these functions are combined under the “Cutting Plane” tab.  Select the desired data type, plotting color palette, and plotting range. Then, select one (or more) cutting planes and adjust their positions. Click “Plot Cutting Planes” to compute the plot.



Clicking the surface of the cutting planes will bring up a box containing data for the clicked point, along with a pointer to the location which was interrogated.






The CastPic plot type permits you to view the same data as the Cutting Plane plot, with additional plot data along the surface contours of the casting.



In version 8.2.5, CastPics are a separate plot type which appear in a side window.



In version 8.3 Simulation Results Viewer, the CastPic plot is associated with the Cutting Plane tab, because the inputs to CastPic and Cutting Plane are the same. To obtain a CastPic plot of your uncut model, click on the Cutting Plane tab, set the plot range you want, and click “Plot CastPic”. You will see a result similar to this:


Then, select the cutting planes you want to plot through the casting, and click “Plot Cutting Plane”. This will trigger the Viewer to begin computing the surfaces of the cut planes and will present you with the cutting plane plot.


You will see a status bar appear:


When the status bar reaches full green, it will disappear and the “Plot CastPic” button will reappear. It may take several seconds to several dozen seconds for the system to compute the Cutting Plane surfaces for CastPic. The amount of time depends on the complexity of the cut surfaces and the number of cutting planes chosen.


For best results, ensure that your model files contain very well-formed STL data, if you use STL files to import geometries into the model builder. The best STL files describe only the surface contours of the casting and risers, with no internal triangle facets included. This is particularly important if you’re modifying a mold pattern by combining cope and drag shapes from a larger CAD assembly. STL files for SOLIDCast’s must not contain facets inside the cavity.



The CastScan plot is not available in the Simulation Results Viewer.


Movie plotting is not available in the Simulation Results Viewer. It is targeted for version 8.4.