Analysis Explorer Options

The Analysis Explorer includes options that allow you to select a run, display a result type, add callouts, and adjust how the results are shown.


The most recent analysis run is shown in the modeling window by default. To view the results from a different analysis, click on the appropriate item in the list of runs at the top of the Analysis Explorer.

To delete a run from the Analysis Explorer, right-click the run name to select Delete Run.

Load Case

Each load case selected in the Run Analysis window returns a separate result. Click on an item in the list to view the results for that load case. If you included normal modes in your analysis, this will be listed as a separate load case. Buckling modes have the (Buckling) appended to the load case name

The Result Envelope is created when you have two or more static load cases. It shows the maximum value for each result type across all load cases.

Result Types

Linear static analysis produces a variety of different result types for each load case including displacement, factor of safety, percent of yield, tension and compression, maximum shear stress, von Mises stress, principal stress, and principal strain. Click on an item in the Result Types list to view the results.


All physical objects have frequencies at which they vibrate that are called normal modes. If you chose to run a normal modes analysis in the Run Analysis window, the modes will be listed here when you select Normal Modes for the Load Case. Click on a mode to view the displacement for that mode.

Normal modes can be analyzed with or without supports. If no supports are selected in the Run Analysis window, the first six modes shown in the results will be rigid body modes.

Bucking Load Factors

Buckling modes are used to predict when a part will bend or collapse under load. If you chose to run a buckling modes analysis in the Run Analysis window, the resulting buckling load factors shown here will help you determine the load required to cause your part to buckle. This value can be multiplied by the load applied to determine the load value that will cause the part to buckle. Click on buckling load factor to view the displacement for that mode.

Results Slider

The results slider is scalable and provides a color gradient for the selected result type.

  • To change the upper or lower bound for the results slider, click on the bound and enter a new value. Click the reset button to restore the default values.
  • To filter the results so that areas on the model with results greater than a specified value are masked, click and drag the arrow on the results slider. To mask areas with results less than the specified value, click and select Flip Mask. Select the arrow to enter a specific value.
  • To change the legend color for the result type, click the icon next to the results slider and select Legend Colors.
  • To apply the min/max values for the current result type to all load cases, click the icon next to the results slider and select Apply current min/max to all load cases.
  • To reset the min/max values for the current result types for all load cases, click the icon next to the results slider and select Reset min/max of all load cases

Compare Results

Click the Compare Results button at the bottom of the Analysis Explorer to view a table that allows you to compare analysis runs.

Results are compared in a table format. Additional columns can be added to show additional result types and parameters from the Run Analysis window. The red-blue color bands correspond to the legend in the Analysis Explorer; the width of the band indicates the magnitude of the result. Changes to the upper and lower bound in the Analysis Explorer are automatically reflected in the Compare Analysis Results table.

  • Select a row to display the results for that run and load case.
  • Double-click a cell in the table to show that result in the modeling window
  • Click the chevron next to the table title to select a different result type or a callout.
  • Click the chevron on a column header to filter results.
  • Click a column header to sort the column
  • Right-click a column header to change what result types, run parameters, or callouts are shown in the table.
  • Click the top left corner of the table to copy the contents of all cells. This can then be pasted into Excel.

Show/Hide Elements

When the Analysis Explorer is active, an additional Show/Hide Elementsicon appears under the view controls in the lower left corner of the modeling window