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Can I Download the Deformed Shape in an FEA Simulation?

Although you can view the deformed shape, SimScale does not have the feature to download the deformed shape yet. However, you can still download the results, which already includes the information regarding the deformed mesh. With third-party software, such as ParaView, you can export the deformed mesh as a CAD model.

This article explains the procedure for downloading the results and viewing them in ParaView.

Having said that, in SimScale, you do not need to download the results to view the deformed shape of your model. You can do this by activating the displacement under the Results section as shown below:

steps on how to visualize deformation in simscale without download
Figure 1: Steps to visualize displacement in SimScale’s post-processor

If the deformation is too small, the difference will be too small for you to see. In order to visualize the deformation better, you can scale the displacement. This is accessible in the post-processor settings.

steps on how to scale displacement to view deformed shape
Figure 2: Steps to scale displacement

First, you will need to go to the Results and select ‘DIS: displacement’. After that, the scale factor will appear below which you can set by entering a number or sliding the toggle.

deformation visualized with simscale
Figure 3: Undeformed and deformed results


If none of the above suggestions solved your problem, then please post the issue on our forum or contact us.

Last updated: January 22nd, 2021