UPDATE DEC. 18, 2019: Starting with Femap v2020.1, there have been language formatting changes regarding output sets. We are in the process of updating our API's to be compatible with v2020.1. Please keep this in mind when using previously constructed APIs with Femap v2020.1.

Every time you run this program, all nodes on the elements in the active group are added to the group, all elements connected to those nodes, and then again, all nodes on the new group of elements. You can run this program over and over to effective grow your group one connected layer of elements at a time. This is a very handy little program when trying to debug a complicated model.

This API was written to make it easier to move and reorient user selected entities from 1 plane to another. Basically, Femap's standard Align command (see Modify / Align) is a 2-D move command along a vector. This can be frustrating when you really want to move objects from one plane to another plane (think 3-D move). The downloadable API requires the user to select an original plane, and a destination plane. The origin of the first plane is moved to coincide with the origin of the second plane. The first plane is then rotated 3 times so as to be oriented with the second plane. Thanks to our friends at Heath-Tecna for suggesting this novel API command.

feCoordOnNode is used to determine the coordinate of a node within a model. The button within the .xls file will prompt the user to select a node and upon successful selection, the coordinate values will be displayed in the excel file. The .BAS file will prompt the user to select a node and upon successful selection, the coordinate will be displayed in the Messages pane within Femap.

(Note as of Oct 2015):

This API is no longer explicitly necessary, due to the Femap dev team has incorporated this API into the Model Data Contour tool. We leave this API published since it contains many useful calls.


(Updated for Femap v10.2, 2011)

This script calculates the explicit time step for 4- and 10-node Tetrahedral, 8- node Hexagonal, 6-node Wedge, and 3- and 4-node Plate finite elements based on the elements shape and its material properties. Additionally, beam elements are included in the calculation and can be contoured using Beam Contour. Its accuracy has been verified with LS-DYNA V971.