FEMAP 2301 Release: Top 11 enhancements

Madi Anderson | March 2023 | 5 Minute Read

FEMAP 2301 has just been released! The latest version introduces key features and updates to enhance productivity and collaboration, streamlining the design processes for geometry, meshing, analysis, and post processing. If you’re a FEMAP user, Teamcenter user, or you’re looking to make your business practices more efficient, then you’ll be interested in this software’s latest capabilities.

Here are the top 11 enhancements we're most excited about:

1. Command Finder

Command Finder functionality added. This saves loads of time when you’re looking for a specific tool in FEMAP, and you don’t know where that tool is located. Simply, search commands in the top right corner near the help window, and FEMAP will show you the window and sub-windows that tool is located in.

2. Teamcenter Integration

Files can now be managed via the Teamcenter Environment allowing efficient collaboration between analysts and other departments at your business. In addition to ease of collaboration, data is now easily controlled with revision review, revision history and check in/out functions.

3. New midsurface options in Geometry Automatic Commands

 Users have two additional mid-surface options in the Geometry Automatic Commands that allow more flexibility during the midsurfacing workflow. The new Remove Holes option deletes any holes which are found in the resulting midsurface geometry. The Keep Untrimmed Midsurfaces option allows midsurface geometry which hasn’t been properly trimmed to remain in the model instead of being deleted.

Original Geometry
Remove Holes Activated
Keep Untrimmed Midsurfaces Option Activated

4. Element Addition and Removal during preprocessing

For preprocessing, this new version allows element addition and/or removal when using Simcenter Nastran’s multi-step structural solution sequence, SOL 401.

5. Hard points created via Mesh Point Editor

Hard points are now created via the Mesh Point Editor which are recognized by Body Mesher. In addition to this line elements connected to other element types can now be updated when using the mesh-on-mesh command. This allows mesh containing line element stiffeners to be completely refined or un-refined. 

Mesh Points specified on Geometry
Mesh Points recognized by Body Mesher
Zoomed in on mesh point

6. Performance Improvements in Unified Graphics Architecture

Performance Improvements in the Unified Graphics Architecture(UGA) are being incorporated in the next few releases this year. When fully implemented, UGA will provide a better experience for user in quality, performance, hardware support. In addition, UGA will support line style, line width, fill style, and transparency along with being able to better support users using Intel graphics.

7. Analysis Sets Quick Monitoring

Improved monitoring using icons to share the status of various Analysis Sets in the Analyses section of the model info tree. The green square icon means the Analysis Set is currently running, and the red square icon means the Analysis Set is in the analysis queue. Once an Analysis Set is done running, a green thumbs up icon indicates the analysis completed successfully while a red thumbs down means the analysis did not run to
completion. This iconography lets a user monitor multiple sets at once lowering mental fatigue on analysts and giving them a quicker understanding of issues occurring in the analysis in real time.

8. Computed Vectors

The new Computed Vectors functionality captures additional key results data that may not have been calculated by the solver by using the Computer Vectors command. There are two options for the types of vectors that can be computed: Standard, which allows selection from common predefined output types, and User Defined, which allows the user to create an Envelope, Combination, or use an API Script to define what output vectors should be computed. Computed vectors can be saved in libraries to allow for use in future modeling.

9. HDF5 files supported

Support has been added to attach to HDF5 format results files(SCD5), and support has been added to attach to HDF5 format results files(NH5RDB) generated by MSC Nastran using the attach to results command.

Attach to Simcenter HDF5 File(*.scd5)
Attach to MSC Nastran HDF5 File(*.h5)

10. Hex-dominant meshing

Though this technically appeared in the late 2022 release, we feel it’s important to mention the hex-dominant meshing of solid geometry with little subdivision into smaller and simpler regions. This capability saves HOURS of preprocessing time and reduces mental load on analysts.

11. Femap now available as subscription

Simcenter Femap software is now available in two different ways: the standalone windows-based Simcenter Femap you’ve always known and loved and the new subscription-based Simcenter Femap XaaS offering that provides users with the benefits of cloud collaboration with Xcelerator Share.

There are many other miscellaneous enhancements that we’d love to share with you! If you’re interested in learning how your business could utilize a collaborative analysis tool that can be used with any other CAD and CAE tools, reach out to MTech today to schedule a consult with our simulation experts.

If you’d like to know more about these latest capabilities, check out this FEMAP 2301 enhancements paper or contact us to chat with our experts.