Edit Midsurface Plates

Use the Midsurfaces: Edit Plates tool to review and edit midsurface plates.

Before you begin, extract the midsurface of thin solids using the Planes + Sweeps + Offsets midsurfacing method.

The type of plates used to create the midsurface is determined during midsurfacing.

  1. From the Geometry ribbon, click the Midsurfaces > Edit Plates tool.

    Figure 1.
    Midsurface plates are color coded by plate type.

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  2. Optional: On the guide bar, click to define plate edit display options.
  3. Select surfaces to edit.
  4. From the microdialog, select a new plate type.

    Figure 3.
  5. On the guide bar, click Update Midsurfaces.
  • When selecting surfaces, you can select opposite surfaces by right-clicking and selecting the Select Opposite option from the context menu.
  • Use the legend in the upper, left corner of the modeling window to show, hide, and isolate plate types.

Plate & Surface Types

The different plate and surface types used when editing a midsurface.

Surfaces created to represent a thin solid for shell meshing.

Figure 4.
A continuous, flat plate.

Figure 5.
A continuous plate that follows the contours of the geometry.

Figure 6.
A plate that is offset from one side of the source geometry.

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Surfaces that connect separate plates.

Figure 8.
Surfaces that define the boundary of the midsurface.

Figure 9.
A surface that is ignored during midsurfacing.
This plate type is useful when working with complex models.

Figure 10.
A plate that has not been assigned a plate type.
If you do not assign a plate type to unidentified plates prior to midsurfacing, one will be assigned during the midsurfacing process.

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