Edit Midsurface Plates

Use the Midsurfaces: Edit Plates tool to review and edit midsurface plates.

Before you begin, extract the midsurface of thin solids using the Planes + Sweeps + Offsets midsurfacing method.

The type of plates used to create the midsurface is determined during midsurfacing.

  1. From the 2D ribbon, click the Midsurfaces > Edit Plates tool.
    Figure 1.

    Midsurface plates are color coded by plate type.
    Figure 2.

  2. Optional: On the guide bar, click to define plate edit display options.
  3. Select surfaces to edit.
  4. From the microdialog, select a new plate type.
    Figure 3.

  5. On the guide bar, click Update Midsurfaces.
  • When selecting surfaces, you can select opposite surfaces by right-clicking and selecting the Select Opposite option from the context menu.
  • Use the legend in the upper, left corner of the modeling window to show, hide, and isolate plate types.

Plate & Surface Types

The different plate and surface types used when editing a midsurface.

Surfaces created to represent a thin solid for shell meshing.
Figure 4.

A continuous, flat plate.
Figure 5.

A continuous plate that follows the contours of the geometry.
Figure 6.

A plate that is offset from one side of the source geometry.
Figure 7.

Surfaces that connect separate plates.
Figure 8.

Surfaces that define the boundary of the midsurface.
Figure 9.

A surface that is ignored during midsurfacing.
This plate type is useful when working with complex models.
Figure 10.

A plate that has not been assigned a plate type.
If you do not assign a plate type to unidentified plates prior to midsurfacing, one will be assigned during the midsurfacing process.
Figure 11.