I/O Options and Subcase Information Entry The SHAPE command can be used in the I/O Options section to request altered shape output for a shape optimization.


SHAPE (format_list, type, peakoutput) = option


Argument Options Description
format <HM, H3D, OP2 blank>
Results are output in HyperMesh results format (.res file).
Results are output in Hyper3D format (.h3d file).
Results are output in Nastran output2 format (.op2 file). 7
blank (Default)
Results are output in all active formats for which the result is available.
type <ALL, DES>

Default = DES

Results are output in all simulations.
DES, blank
Results are only output in the design history simulations.
peakoutput <PEAKOUT>
Only the filtered frequencies from the PEAKOUT Subcase and Bulk Data Entries will be considered for this output.
option <YES, ALL, NO, NONE>

Default = YES

YES, ALL, blank
Results are output for all elements.
Results are not output.


  1. When the SHAPE command is not present, shape results are output.
  2. Shape results are only available for shape, topography, and free-shape optimizations.
  3. Outputting the shape results in all simulations allows analysis results to be plotted on the altered shape.
  4. The frequency of this output is controlled by the DESIGN keyword on an OUTPUT definition.
  5. Multiple formats are allowed on the same entry; these should be comma separated. If a format is not specified, this output control applies to all formats defined by the OUTPUT command, for which the result is available.
  6. Multiple instances of this card are allowed. If instances are conflicting, the last instance dominates.
  7. The shape contours in HyperView using the .op2 file are listed under Displacement Output and the design results are listed as Subcase 0.