Searching for Intersecting Mesh Elements

Areas of poor mesh quality in imported meshes often contains intersecting mesh elements. These intersecting mesh elements need to be either repaired or removed before running a simulation to obtain an accurate result.

An intersecting mesh element can overlap (entirely or partially) or intersect, while not connected at the point of intersection.
  1. Select the model or geometry part either in the model tree or 3D view.
  2. On the Mesh tab, in the Find group, click the  Intersecting triangles icon.

    Figure 1. The Find intersecting mesh elements dialog.
  3. Specify the parts to be searched for intersecting mesh elements.
    • To search the full model, under Search, click Entire model.
    • To search only the selected part of the model, under Search, click Selection.
  4. Click Find to search for intersecting mesh elements and to close the dialog.
The result of the search is displayed in the message window. Any parts containing intersecting mesh elements are selected in the details tree and in the 3D view. A hyperlink to the part containing the intersecting mesh elements is also given in the message window.