Automatically Refine Elements Using Quad Patterns

Use the Refine: Auto Quads tool to refine elements as quads based on a given refinement size. Transition elements may be automatically defined or manually selected.

Before you begin, make sure the initial mesh is a regular mapped quad mesh, and not a free quad mesh.

  1. From the Elements ribbon, click the Refine > Auto Quads tool.

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  2. Optional: On the guide bar, click to define refinement options.
  3. Choose Elements or Nodes using the Refine selector on the guide bar.
  4. Select entities.
    If Type is set to Use adjacent layers, the transition elements are previewed on each side of the selected entities.
  5. If Type is set to Select transition elements, click Transition on the guide bar then manually select transition elements.
  6. Input a refinement value in the microdialog then click Refine.