Laminate Tools version history

 

New features in Laminate Tools version 4.7 (first release, since launch of version 4.6)

Version 4.7 introduces totally new FEA file read / write interfaces. The functionality at this stage is largely identical to what was available up to version 4.6, introducing several important additions and fixes, while this important change will allow further new feature developments and customisations in the future.

View

  • added user preferences for legacy readers/writers on/off, default off
  • added second results tab to plot options window, to select complex stress calc method
  • changed order of tabs in plot options window, custom views is now first
  • supported reading PSHELL from BDF and OP2, as a standard laminate with a single layer
  • supported Nastran INCLUDE statement in BDF reader
  • enabled reading of Temperature field in Abaqus INP EXPANSION commands
  • enhanced reading of ODB material data
  • fixed Nastran reader for HM SETs when no space between element id fields
  • fixed Nastran reader to ignore PCOMPP cards
  • fixed OP2 reader for PCOMPG entry
  • fixed OP2 reader for double precision CORD and GRID entries
  • fixed Abaqus INP file INCLUDE statement to work with filename in quotes
  • fixed Abaqus INP file MATERIAL import for data formatting from HM
  • fixed version update check procedure to properly retrieve the next update time from the registry

Geometry

  • modified ply arrows to be scaled properly for automated sessions
  • fixed occasional error in updating ply coverage with automated sessions

Design

  • implemented automatic meshing over holes for CAD or FEA files, user options on File Open dialog
  • added options to control projected ply creation/modification regarding discontinuous patches
  • added options to control discontinuous ply application direction based on element normal
  • allowed discontinuous ply modifications when used in the layup
  • modified layup build window to include user-sorted columns
  • implemented button to import material type and property values for individual material states, from a layup file
  • fixed bug of incorrectly saving layer colours when discontinuous plies exist in layup, if layup is not modified during session

Analysis

  • new FEA file export implementations
  • FEA file export now checks for material id conflicts
  • fine tuned Abaqus INP writer for separating start/end part commands and extras output, moved element sets inside part definition, and more
  • enabled writing of Temperature field in Abaqus INP EXPANSION commands
  • modified .fem export $HMSET card to have type 2 rather than 10

Post-processing

  • new FEA file import implementations
  • added option to plot results on deformed shape (OP2, ODB), added scale options in plot options window
  • implemented reading complex results from Nastran (force, stress, displacement), whether real/imag or magn/phase (excludes F06)
  • implemented reading complex results from Abaqus (force, stress, displacement)
  • implemented reading of Abaqus ODB continuum shells as thin shells
  • added support for Abaqus 2017
  • extended LAP forces export to include real and imaginary complex components, separately
  • FI Envelope plots may specify single layer, and shear=0 ellipse shown in the same plot
  • implemented elliptical failure index envelope plot per element for some stress-based criteria
  • improved handling of reporting interface FI past the last layer for an element
  • added SMAExternal subfolder to Abaqus 2017 bin folder
  • corrected the ODB reader to read results for single-layer laminate elements

Manufacturing

  • hardcoded automatic flat DXF label size based on model units, to be 10mm
  • added option to have a photo or graphic as a phasebook view
  • enabled phasebook row selection/deselection for output
  • changed phasebook layer angles to include the layup layer angle offset
  • fixed phasebook tables not respecting layer sequence when grouping in a row
  • changed behaviour when removing sublayups, instead of full phasebook deletion to keep its general definitions
  • fixed bug of not propagating a ply rename to phasebook view data

PlyMatch

  • added support for gigabit camera
  • introduced registry DWORD navrg for number of averaged readings (default=5)
  • modified xbox behaviour to emulate video invert (Y)
  • fixed error of losing video on file close and re-open
  • fixed error of missing ESC when mouse picking ply boundary etc

New features in Laminate Tools version 4.6 (first release, since launch of version 4.5)

Geometry

  • enabled a user-abort when picking elements delimited by curves

Design

  • added support for discontinuous projected plies
  • implemented dynamic ply application point, exclude plies used in layup for now, as ILayup crashes
  • added offset flag option Application Side (dialog, and automation keyword appside)
  • implemented basic model spatial transformations
  • implemented automatic Layup generation from Laminates (projected plies from global-id laminate layers)
  • allowed full layup edit when using sublayups, but not to change the sequence
  • added the layup (or sequence) mass in the layup edit window
  • added columns for plygroup and sequence names in the full layup edit table
  • added menu to rename Layup directly
  • revised and speeded up layup import (added small temporary nudge to mesh)

Analysis

  • implemented PSHELL/PCOMP element property retention when exporting to Nastran and merging with file (element thickness must be defined in PSHELL)
  • in Optistruct export, if the failure theory is defined, the PLY SOUT option is set to YES
  • enabled use of global layer ids in PLY card for Optistruct export, if all non-zero
  • revised logic to catch reverse element normals for Optistruct optimiser export
  • added ply names (with global id appended) in Optistruct export
  • corrected a formatting bug in the use of global layer ids in PLY card for Optistruct export
  • forced material ids to become non-zero on laminate creation, on analysis exports and on layup/lt file save
  • removed Ansys CDB duplicate element set export

Post-processing

  • added support for Abaqus 2016
  • implemented plot window cloning
  • made element picking easier for plot windows
  • added option to set post-processing scope by plygroups or sequences
  • added the most recently imported results filename to the context menu of subcases
  • added info messages for results files successfully imported
  • added a browse function for the exported filename for new failure results as .h3d files
  • added the loadcase name to the exported default filename for new failure results as .h3d files
  • changed default results shading to ON
  • when importing multiple ODB files, implemented option to use the same user-confirmed ODB version for subsequent files

Manufacturing

  • implemented the cross-section view option for phasebooks
  • allowed import of phasebook definitions on single layup fle import
  • in phasebook cross-section views, layers are shown only up to that phase
  • enabled phasebook export even without sublayups
  • made phasebook surface smooth shading a user option, default off
  • added point cloud export option as STL
  • added point cloud export option as Nastran Shells
  • added registry string Point Density to limit the minimum point cloud density in exports, issued warning

User Interface

  • added custom thickness and ply count spectra, revised ply count plot for discrete numbers up to 30, scales now ascending upwards
  • added options to customise 3D shading
  • supported child window position restore on multiple monitors
  • allowed multiple ply selection graphics, but no outline or flat pattern, limited arrows
  • supported reading of Hyperworks element sets (SET in bulk data)
  • enabled reset of toolbars position back to default through menu View/Toolbar
  • added missing theta orientations when reading layup files

PlyMatch

  • improved screen pick/calibration zoom popup window
  • (fixed) added support for Xbox gamepad controller
  • (fixed) enabled mouse wheel zooming at cursor, maintained F4/pan functions
  • added popup message showing max possible texture size
  • allowed video to use native buffer for zoom popup
  • (full) added option to ignore CAD/CMM incompatible data (OK/Cancel)
  • (full) added filter to skip rogue CMM vector data
  • (full) changed texture size to 2048 (was 2592)
  • (fixed) fixed calibration calc when zoomed in using mouse
  • (fixed) disabled context menu while picking calibration points
  • (fixed) added registry option DWORD max_wheel_zoom_x10, default 20, test with graphics card!

New features in Laminate Tools version 4.5 (first release, since launch of version 4.4)

Geometry

  • enabled import of free points when importing curves

Design

  • added capability to associate one element set with a ply
  • implemented mirroring of multiple plies in one operation
  • enabled options to stop at branches and to calculate angle change locally, when picking by similar orientation
  • added menus to randomize exploded/inplace layer colours in layup definition window
  • added context menu item for individual ply rename
  • added option to change new ply name root in the advanced general preferences
  • enabled ply edits to keep highlight on data tree layer child, except on name or angle change
  • supported recursive *INCLUDE for Abaqus INP files
  • supported orientation distributions for Abaqus INP files
  • supported laminate offsets for Abaqus files
  • supported material orientations for Abaqus files
  • enabled reading a specific instance from INP files

Analysis

  • enabled Nastran output options for Nodes/Elements/Materials/Properties
  • added option to remove BEGIN BULK / ENDDATA in Nastran export

Post-processing

  • enabled automatic ODB version match from those installed
  • in plot windows, made the WORST CASE theory to be default option
  • added both laminate and layup angles in stress plot view popup info window
  • for custom spectra with specified limits, made behaviour similar to default spectrum for FI MS RF (transparent "low" values)
  • implemented manual failure calculations for Abaqus
  • fully implemented engineering strain for failure calculations based on strain
  • changed default filename for the simple H3D export to include the loadcase name
  • fixed RST reader to work with partial results
  • updated RST reader to support recent ANSYS versions
  • added support for Abaqus 6.14 ODB files
  • fixed bug of reading all result types for subsequent (multiple) op2/f06/odb files, once user selects not to show the selection window again
  • supported reading forces from ODB files (allows interactive calculations)
  • supported reading failure indices from ODB files
  • supported reading subcase names from ODB files

Manufacturing

  • implemented PhaseBook export to Microsoft Word
  • added user option to ignore thickening when exporting exact layup surface as point cloud
  • implemented dense point output option for mould surface
  • implemented dense point output option for exact layup surface
  • fixed bug of missing flat pattern DXF label when exporting multiple plies in plybook export
  • added COM function SetGuideCurveEnds and updated LTAddPly to include guide curves (used by Rhino5 addin)

User Interface

  • added new layer-count distribution plots for layup and laminates
  • enabled type-related icons for materials and plies in tree
  • added Advanced Options window in General Preferences
  • added area and mass output to the individual set summary
  • added data view button to collapse tree
  • added INP and ODB to registered file types
  • added element set context menu item to control visibility method
  • fixed laminate graphics logic for hidden elements
  • increased the ply boundary line width for printed graphics
  • softened the diffuse and specular light in model graphics, to improve shaded results
  • added registry DWORD parameter "CustomSpectraTransparentGoodFIMSRF" to control how to colour FI MS RF results
  • added registry DWORD parameters "Spaceball Translation Speed pc" and "Spaceball Rotation Speed pc" (default 100) to customise response speed
  • reduced spaceball response speed

PlyMatch

  • implemented extended 3D ply boundary graphics with user-defined tolerance
  • improved calibration logic to adjust CMM points 2 and 3 for better results
  • fixed occasional OpenGL error when drawing splines
  • added better support for IGES colour
  • added code to manually plot any complex NURBS properly (IGES)

New features in Laminate Tools version 4.4 (first release, since launch of version 4.3)

Geometry

  • enabled geometry healing as a user option on file open, to correct common surface defects

Design

  • added option to grow or shrink plies by one row of elements around the outer boundary
  • implemented ply Guide Curves,to include important curves in the flat patterns
  • implemented ply Vector definition (Application and Reference) by picking imported geometry Points
  • added function to mirror the Layup about the XZ plane
  • enabled Slide type plies to have seed curves
  • added a menu/button to easily reverse the ply or offset Application Direction
  • added option to import element sets together with a layup
  • added user option window to allow material Analysis ID import

Analysis

  • implemented interface to export layup plies to XML (facets, warp/weft, thickness, sequence), for copying to compatible applications
  • corrected Abaqus export interface for Distribution Tables
  • added option in Nastran export to skip elements without properties (eg cutouts; tip:merge with original data to get these elements back with their original properties)
  • added option in Abaqus export for Part Name, otherwise Flat deck
  • added option in Abaqus export to skip all mesh
  • added option in Abaqus export to skip elements without properties (eg cutouts)
  • added option in Abaqus export to skip element Sets (unless used in section definitions)
  • added option in Abaqus export to skip Material definitions
  • added option in Abaqus export to use default Laminates or Distribution Tables
  • added option in Abaqus export for the number of integration points
  • made export windows remember user selections
  • corrected Abaqus export using default Laminates for models having elements in the YZ plane

Post-processing

  • enabled multiple file import for results, in one operation
  • added worst-case failure result plot, in layer by layer plot window
  • implemented showing critical failure theory and mode per layer in plot window pop-up
  • enabled reading specific instances from Abaqus ODB files
  • implemented reading loadcase names from Abaqus ODB files

Manufacturing

  • implemented flat pattern output as spline curves
  • added feature to export IGES points cloud for mould surfaces
  • implemented layer range selection by ply group, for plybook export
  • enabled separate CAD pattern files for ply instances (duplicates) with registry parameter word CadPatternInstances=1

User Interface

  • allowed element set Show/Hide by clicking on tree icon
  • revised the storage of user options (including custom spectra) for compatibility with admin rights in Windows 7/8 (may still override with Lamtools.ini)

PlyMatch

  • implemented interface to inspect ply boundary using tactile probe, for deviation measurements
  • implemented interface to inspect ply fibre angles, for misalignment measurements
  • enabled model view modes Shaded and Custom for the Camera view
  • popup zoom method on ply inspection now controlled by registry parameter
  • fixed calibration error for special case of 2nd and 3rd calibration points on YZ plane

New features in Laminate Tools version 4.3 (first release, since launch of version 4.2)

Geometry

  • improved geometry translation, with additional control parameters and faster sewing
  • added split curve meshing option to disable the automatic connection of continuous curves
  • implemented reading units from STEP/IGES models for correct display of coordinates - new behaviour
  • implemented reading units from STEP/IGES curves for correct match with model coordinates - new behaviour, model+curves do not need to be in mm now
  • implemented optional conversion of CAD file units to mm for backward compatibility
  • enabled CAD file nodes merge for all nodes by default (was for free edges only)
  • improved split curve meshing
  • fixed an error in identifying curve splits intersecting ply free edges
  • fixed crash where phantom curves were added via Rhino STEP files
  • fixed problem with NEiFusion STEP files missing set names, cutouts and all plies not supported

Design

  • enhanced Abaqus INP and ODB import functionality
  • added toolbars to pick dialogs
  • implemented named offsets
  • implemented layup edit command to remove ply multiple instances (simplify)
  • changed ply graphics button in layup definition window to be a check box (on/off)
  • implemented picking of polycurves for splits and boundaries
  • implemented multiple curve/polycurve picking by rectangle (splits, boundaries)
  • allowed picking by named Offsets
  • implemented auto-extend for splits and seed curves
  • picking: allowed Shift to switch behaviour to "remove" if in "add"
  • added option to change pick-by-normal angle tolerance in GUI
  • implemented fast picking for elements or sets, enabled by default with registry parameter "Pick Fast" = 1
  • implemented fast picking for node selection
  • implemented fast picking for individual element edge selection, saves only one element side of the edge
  • implemented Optistruct export to work with any laminate generation method
  • disallowed Optistruct export reverse STACK card
  • fixed bug in Optistruct optimiser SET export command
  • added COM interface to define offset
  • added COM function to select split curves
  • added COM command to delete ply
  • added COM command to delete offset
  • if not safe draping, on ply creation, if draping is unsuccessful the ply is still added to tree (errors shown), and split curves are now applied, expecting a successful draping
  • corrected behaviour of "set face" by offset in the definition for exact layup surface
  • fixed bug of failing to use some curves as splits
  • fixed occasional stack overflow error in picking by boundary curve
  • fixed error of layup export to Excel where compressed format index ranges were occasionally incorrect
  • fixed errors in ply mirroring
  • changed default setting for Safe Draping option to FALSE (for new installations)
  • disabled safe draping for non-draped ply types

Post-processing

  • implemented interactive global layer post-processing
  • added post-processing option to display along global fibres
  • added support for Abaqus transverse shear stresses, including for interactive maximum criterion
  • added option to plot layer stress/FI results by ignoring layer thickness
  • upgraded custom failure criterion to LTf3.dll (LTf2.dll used if LTf3.dll not found) - applies to interactive calcs
  • changed behaviour to automatically apply restricted scope after defining it
  • disallowed import of results from different solvers
  • allowed the processing of results if more elements exist in the results file cf. model mesh
  • fixed the stress plot window popup info not appearing on multiple monitors
  • fixed bug of not actually deleting individual loadcases internally in memory
  • fixed occasional non-showing of material or ply names in popup of stress plot window
  • fixed F06 import of results

Manufacturing

  • supported plies with curve splits in Flat pattern window
  • fixed Virtek output filenames

User Interface

  • added custom curves colour
  • disabled toolbar layout saving on exit for automated sessions
  • fixed toolbars repositioning to left when automated session was minimised
  • fixed occasional bug where menus did not reset on file close
  • modified file/open behaviour for correct preview on Windows 7/8
  • modified GUI behaviour on file/close or exit with unsaved changes
  • allowed use of LamTools.ini in application folder if it cannot be created in Windows folder
  • added registry DWORD parameter ElementPriorityVisible, default 0, to control element set show/hide priority
  • fixed multi-selection for data tree on XP, Vista and 7 32/64 with manifest
  • added Help menu commands for User Manual and Tutorial
  • changed the reported Layup API version to that of the DLL
  • added option to disable OpenGL hardware acceleration in the registry

PlyMatch

  • enabled deviation measurements for non-fixed application as well
  • enabled automatic restart of video recording every half hour, or on resize
  • fixed error of averaging fixed camera upright angles close to +/-180
  • fixed a crash for new camera type zoom window with offscreen coordinates
  • fixed bug of pause description not showing if text wider than video window

New features in Laminate Tools version 4.2 (first release, since launch of version 4.1)

Geometry

  • greatly improved geometry translation, with additional control parameters and faster sewing
  • when loading named surfaces, element sets are also created for the component surfaces of merged surfaces, for easy picking

Design

  • implemented material/ply/layup export to spreadsheet, to be used for re-importing onto a morphed or translated mesh
  • added option to import material/ply/layup from spreadsheet onto a translated mesh
  • implemented ply mirroring and cloning
  • implemented element set mirroring and cloning
  • enabled auto merge of material properties on layup file import (by name, if existing type is undefined)
  • implemented draped pattern outputs (incl. exact) for projected type plies (ply boundary)
  • added option to import layup file for one element set only
  • added option to define ply or offset vectors by picking nodes
  • changed usage and naming convention for imported PlyMaster materials, to reduce number of materials added
  • modified COM command "layup define/append" to generate global ids
  • added COM automation function SetSplitEdgeIds
  • added COM automation function SetMaterialStiffness

Post-processing

  • added support for Abaqus files (INP, ODB stress)
  • added option to export generated failure calculations to Hyperworks H3D file format
  • updated Nastran OP2 support for new element type storage
  • added support for Ansys RST files for version 13 or later
  • implemented subcase deletion, fixed multiple loadcase deletion in a single operation
  • updated LAP export format for transverse loads and offsets

Manufacturing

  • implemented SigmaNEST spreadsheet output in Ply Book export
  • implemented data export for automated Robotic ply placement
  • added cut-out boundaries to Assembly Guidance laser export data
  • enabled the specification of text height in flat DXF pattern files

User Interface

  • added support for software based licence keys
  • improved Windows 7 compatibility, including 3D mouse usage
  • added COM automation function GetDrapeVectors
  • revised and improved default GUI graphics colours
  • plus numerous fixes and performance improvements.

PlyMatch

  • implemented automatic recalibration for mirrored parts
  • implemented optional display of tool probe together with model
  • added ability to pan when zoomed in
  • allowed the application of a new probe configuration without soft restart
  • implemented interface to inspect ply placement, calculate and export deviations
  • added hardware support for Windows 7
  • implemented fixed calibration method with 6 points
  • improved fixed camera calibration method with 4 points, allowed individual selection of any successful solution
  • added ability to save calibration for multiple fixed cameras

New features in Laminate Tools version 4.1 (first release, since launch of version 4.0)

Geometry

  • enabled the import of 3D curves from CAD, and other geometric entities for future enhancements
  • implemented new embedded SolidWorks interface, for easy ply definition

Design

  • enabled ply Split (dart) definitions as curves unrelated to the mesh, for easier generation of accurate flat ply patterns
  • added method of area picking bounded by an imported Boundary curve
  • added method of area picking by similar element normal orientation
  • enhanced the area picking method by visible element set
  • added support for import/export of element sets in Session files

Manufacturing

  • enabled Boundary curve definitions for easy and accurate flat ply outline pattern generation (incl. cutouts)
  • easy ply drop-off flat patterns now possible via imported boundary curves
  • added ply name to flat pattern DXF file, as a new pattern export option
  • introduced option to control the default exported IGES file extension name, for improved compatibility

Analysis

  • enhanced the Nastran export "merge" feature, to scan the mesh and property ids for best merged results
  • added support for the new Ansys element shell type 281
  • enabled Ansys properties export including global ply definition (zero thickness at drop-off)
  • added Laminate Tools material names to Nastran export files, for easier identification and re-use

Post-processing

  • Enabled basic output ofgenerated failure results to the Altair HyperWorks H3D format, with further enhancements under way

User Interface

  • implemented COM Server Automation functionality, for remote control via custom client applications
  • enabled user-selected licence at launch, useful for multi-licence sites
  • several bugs corrected, and processing improved

PlyMatch

  • software updates in line with PlyMatch 2010 system upgrade, communication with the hardware re-engineered
  • enhanced error reporting, to troubleshoot operations
  • recording timer shows permanently during recording, and is stamped in the recording
  • increased best recording quality to 15 frames per second
  • available probe files now appear automatically in selection boxes
  • relaxed tolerance of camera movement, for smoother animation
  • relaxed default calibration tolerance for easier setup

New features in Laminate Tools version 4.0 (first release, since launch of version 3.4)

Geometry

  • new module, introducing new functionality with potential for many further features
  • new STEP and IGES file format import capability
  • automatic mesh conversion with surface sew function
  • automatic Element Set creation for imported surfaces, for easy selection

Design

  • added draping warp and weft angle deviation graphics
  • implemented Element Set picking in graphics
  • corrected problems with Reverse ply application in Layup
  • re-introduced STL format import node merge tolerance, added edge sew tolerance

Manufacturing

  • added support for generation of exact innermost / outermost layup surfaces as point clouds
  • improved exact flat pattern calculations by preserving surface normals at ply edges

Analysis

  • implemented surface offset extrusion for Nastran solid elements
  • supported sandwich configurations for solid element extrusion with 3 elements through thickness
  • automated the 3D solid element stiffness property calculation and export
  • enabled Nastran/Optistruct exports to merge with any Nastran data file
  • upgraded Optistruct SET export format
  • forced laminate angles within -90..+90 for the Nastran First Ply option
  • improved support for Ansys LOCAL axis systems and Ansys Existing laminate generation

Post-processing

  • improved stiffness calculations for anisotropic materials, for interactive calculations
  • improved automatic min-max range for stress or strain contour plots

User Interface

  • enabled all windows to be considered when optimising desktop layout
  • added gradient background colour in graphics windows
  • allowed the opening of multiple files via Windows Explorer, in separate threads
  • added diagnostics for licencing operations
  • implemented licence update via user interface
  • improved status bar update for progress messages
  • implemented custom toolbar positioning
  • implemented html help in addition to standard Windows help
  • added numerous visual and efficiency improvements

PlyMatch

  • relaxed tolerance of camera movement for graphics update, for smoother animation

New features in Laminate Tools version 3.4 (first release, since launch of version 3.3)

Design

  • implemented safe draping simulation method, to prevent unexpected crashes
  • implemented view filter for plies in layup builder window
  • added Delete Laminates menu command

Manufacturing

  • added support for generation of exact flat patterns, taking layer offset into account
  • added Ply Area and Mass to the available plybook export columns

Analysis

  • new Optistruct optimiser export interface

Post-processing

  • enabled 3 user-defined spectra for results post-processing
  • added global ply id and ply name to results summary report
  • added ply name to plot window popup for a layer
  • implemented interactive LaRC05 failure criterion
  • implemented interactive Cowin failure criterion
  • implemented interactive Hankinson failure criterion
  • implemented interactive Hoffman failure criterion
  • implemented partial, user controlled, result type import from op2 or f06
  • added post-processing support for SOL103 eigen value, SOL111 (incomplete) modal frequency response, and SOL112 modal transient response dynamic results
  • implemented new failure results generation for a single element set only, as an option
  • introduced parameter to control the maximum lines in the results list feedback (default=50)
  • added Show ALL button in setting results scope window, to easily disable view filter
  • added separate call of user-defined criterion for layer interfaces

User Interface

  • saved plot windows to desktop layout
  • implemented 64-bit version
  • enabled multiple instances on same machine for each licence
  • added ply node under each layup ply node, for easy graphics and modifications
  • enhanced Ansys material data import
  • improved automatic web updates checks
  • upgraded installation environment

PlyMatch

  • blocked calibration if coordinates differ by given tolerance
  • implemented better feedback for error situations
  • made dialogs large size, to view from a distance
  • implemented fixed camera option
  • allowed the option of no tool probe being used
  • added support for user-defined line thickness
  • added keyboard shortcut for open calibration file function
  • enabled targeting the tool probe for easy calibration / check

New features in Laminate Tools version 3.3 (first release, since launch of version 3.2)

Design

  • implemented dual sub-layup level for compatibility with Catia layups (PlyGroups and Sequences), with backward compatibility support, and layup file import functionality
  • layup import now reports unmapped elements in feedback window
  • implemented creation of one element set for each selected ply
  • implemented layup changes log
  • implemented layup export to excel
  • implemented layup layer highlighting and also used in layer graphics
  • introduced Show/Hide/Toggle options in element sets context menu
  • speeded up pick by application of 2D pattern in dxf, introduced 3 methods in menu
  • saved Ansys Solid95 and Beam189 information in Layup file
  • allowed manual edit of external material ids for FEA

Manufacturing

  • implemented PlyMatch interface

Analysis

  • supported laminate creation with material shear states (Nastran)
  • added option to generate laminates for visible elements only

Post-processing

  • implemented LaRC02 criterion for interactive calculations
  • implemented Puck 2002 criterion for interactive calculations
  • supported Simulayt Addin
  • implemented popup window with information for layer post-processing plots

User Interface

  • implemented laminate directional stiffness plot
  • implemented fully Camera mode (Fly-by) as an option on each model window
  • supported 3Dconnexion devices in Model or Camera mode, with disable option
  • implemented Ansys Beam189 element display
  • implemented reading of HyperMesh material names
  • implemented custom function key and mouse assignments
  • implemented automatic software update notifications
  • numerous performance enhancements and support for latest graphics hardware.

New features in Laminate Tools version 3.2 (first release, since launch of version 3.1)

Design

  • enabled sub-layup hierarchy import on Layup Import.
  • implemented separate import of layup sets, as an enhancement to Layup Import.
  • implemented separate import of layup materials, to easily re-use and share material data.
  • implemented element sets output to Ansys CDB files, as with Nastran files.
  • added PlyMaster layup import functionality.
  • enabled multiple material shear states, whereby the correct mechanical properties can be assigned to different shear states of scissor materials.
  • implemented the display of Ansys Solid95 elements, as an option.

Post-processing

  • implemented micro-strain post-processing for Model, Info, Worst Elements, and Plot windows.
  • implemented user-defined global ply view filter for restricted scope post-processing, as a selection aid.
  • implemented transverse shear calculations by NEiNastran method, as a user option.
  • supported post-processing of imported results that are already sorted by global ply.
  • modified global ply results text output per element, to be sorted by laminate ply, reflecting the actual laminate sequence.
  • added Margin of Safety to the lists of possible imported components to be post-processed.
  • added PUCK criterion to the possible failure theories exported in PCOMPs.

Manufacturing

  • implemented a new Flat Pattern window, where multiple two-dimensional user-defined patterns can be applied to the model, with support for overlapping strip calculation, highlight and export (2D or 3D), pattern vertex pick and drag in 3D model window, and element selection (pick) by application of 2D pattern.
  • implemented flat pattern extension (growth) by given amount around the calculated boundary, for later trimming.
  • implemented the selection of which DXF flat pattern details to be exported, for individual plies or for the plybook.
  • added support in plybook export for selection of layer ranges by sublayup.

User Interface

  • implemented distance measurement as traced along the visible surface.
  • implemented option for multiple visible straight-line distance segments.
  • implemented user option for scaling the spread of exploded layer graphics.
  • implemented custom colours for sets, pick area, 2D pattern DXF outline, 2D pattern DXF strips, and many more.
  • implemented user option for drawing or not of the semi-transparent dark background behind spectrum legends.
  • enabled highlight for hidden elements of selected element set, and any current element selection.
  • allowed multi-selection of element sets, showed set coverage filled and shaded.
  • added pick command to hide all unselected elements, using an element set.
  • implemented "from Selected Elements only" option for picking.
  • implemented picking by bounding coordinates box (within xyz ranges).
  • added ".fem" to the supported file formats (Hypermesh).
  • implemented $HMSET card in .fem files for element set name definition.
  • enabled resizing for worst elements - all layers results window.
  • numerous performance enhancements and support for latest graphics hardware.