Create Shrink Wrap Mesh

Generate an enclosed volume or solid mesh.

  1. From the 2D ribbon, click the arrow next to the Surface Mesh tool set name and select Shrink Wrap from the list of options.
    The Shrink Wrap controller opens.
  2. Select entities to wrap.
  3. Specify the target element size for the shrink wrap mesh.
    Note: Actual element size will vary depending on the model's features in order to improve mesh quality.
  4. Choose a tight or loose method.
    Note: Not available when wrapping nodes or points.
  5. Choose whether to orient the mesh according to the global coordinate system, or a local one.
    This can strongly affect how the mesh follows the underlying geometry
  6. Optional: Check Feature edges to select feature lines on the model that must be retained.
    When meshed, elements will not cross over these lines.
  7. Optional: If your model contains holes that you wish the shrink wrap to cover over as if they did not exist, check Patch hole, and enter the sub-options accordingly.
    Max gap size / Max hole size
    Specify a value for the max gap size and max hole size.
    Holes refer to more-or-less circular or oblong openings, while gaps refer to void spaces between components. In both cases, holes or gaps larger than the specified value (in model units) will not be patched over.
    Create hole elements
    Retain the elements used to patch the holes for verification purposes. The holes will be placed into their own collector called ^patched_holes, which displays in the Model Browser.
    Note: Not available when wrapping nodes or points.
  8. Check Generate solid mesh to create the shrink wrap as a solid mesh rather than a shell mesh.
    This results in a mesh with no void space inside, rather than a hollow "bag" of mesh around the geometry.
  9. Click Mesh.