Create H3D Files from HyperMesh

Using an .h3d file, you can save 3D animations from HyperMesh in the .h3d format for viewing with the HyperView Player.

In order to enable the option to create .h3d files, you must activate the checkbox labeled launch HV after H3D creation in the Options panel.

HyperView Player is an Internet browser plug-in for visualizing 3D Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) models and results. Using product data in Altair's compact .h3d format allows you to incorporate animated images in an HTML document for presentation or engineering reports. Simulation results can be sent by e-mail or placed on the web for others to open and review.

HyperView Player is available as a free download on Altair's Web site at

  1. Select one of the following panels: Contour, Deformed, Hidden Line, Transient, or Geom Cleanup.
  2. To control the display attributes for your model, specify your desired display attributes using visual options or the visual panel.
  3. Click Hyper3d or H3D > HV.

    Two files are created. One is an .h3d file, using anim#.h3d as the file name. The symbol # is automatically assigned to the .h3d file. The other is a sample HTML file including an <EMBED> statement for the corresponding .h3d file.

    H3D > HV loads the newly created .h3d file into HyperView. You can define this option in the Options panel under modeling.

  4. Review the model in a web browser.
    • Double-click the HTML file to launch a browser.
    • Click H3D to activate the standalone HyperView Player.

    You can customize the external HTML template, h3d_template.html, located in the altair/hm/html directory, to suit your needs.

Note: In the HyperMesh Geom Cleanup panel, the Hyper3D button is displayed when you select the shaded option in the Visual options subpanel.