Move Elements

Use the Edit: Move tool to move nodes, drag tria elements, modify holes and washers, and automatically optimize nodes and elements.

The Edit tools work for tessellated geometry. If the input is b-spline geometry, first convert to discrete geometry using the Convert tool.
  1. From the Geometry ribbon, click the Edit > Move tool.

    Figure 1.
    Elements are colored according to how well they adhere to the pre-set quality requirements defined in the criteria file.
  2. Optional: On the guide bar, click to to define the options used to edit elements.
  3. Select an element issue type from the guide bar.
    Checks for quality as defined in quality criteria.
    Checks for intersecting elements.
    Face angles
    Checks for folded or sharp angle elements.
  4. Optional: Find all elements at or below a certain quality level.
    1. Click Find on the guide bar.
    2. Increase or decrease the number of layers around patches of failed elements by clicking or on the guide bar.
    3. Review the next or previous patch of failed elements by clicking or on the guide bar.
  5. Edit elements in the following ways:
    • Place nodes by clicking-and-dragging nodes to a new location. The quality of the elements that depend on the node being moved dynamically adjust as you drag.
    • Move nodes along edges.
    • Move tria elements by clicking-and-dragging trias to a new location in the model, or out of the model completely.
    • Modify the radius of holes and washers by clicking-and-dragging nodes to a new location. Hole and washer operations display a graphical preview
    • Optimize nodes/elements by double-clicking. Nodes and elements are automatically moved to optimize the overall quality of surrounding elements.