FEMAP does not currently provide a convenient way for creating circular areas. This API creates a circular area on any workplane currently in use. It requires a centerpoint and radius. If no workplane is currently specified, the API will create the disk on the default workplane, which is the x-y plane. This circular area creator is a subscript used in the gold bump analysis.

This API was written to make it easier to move and reorient user selected entities from 1 plane to another. Basically, Femap's standard Align command (see Modify / Align) is a 2-D move command along a vector. This can be frustrating when you really want to move objects from one plane to another plane (think 3-D move). The downloadable API requires the user to select an original plane, and a destination plane. The origin of the first plane is moved to coincide with the origin of the second plane. The first plane is then rotated 3 times so as to be oriented with the second plane. Thanks to our friends at Heath-Tecna for suggesting this novel API command.

Written by Andy Haines of the FEMAP development team.

These APIs generate new output vectors that summarize stress results across all plies within a layup. Additional output vectors let the user know in which ply and output set that the maximum values are found.