I'm trying to visualize the local element coordinate systems for CQUADs.
I go to View Options > Element - Coordinate System > Label Mode: ID
Yet nothing appears on my elements
I would like to view the X, Y, Z directions for shell elements
Femap v 11.1.2
Remember to mark "Show coordinate System":
According to the Help (V11.1.1):
Element - Coordinate System...
... displays the “local element coordinate system” of solid elements only. The “local” system will be displayed with the origin of the “local” system at the centroid of each element
So, to show the coordinate system for your shell elements, you should better use the option
"Element - Directions" and then choose a convenient Style.
Hope that helps you out.
Thanks for the response, but the element directions still is not the answer to viewing the local element coordinate system for shell elements.
I find it surprising it is not possible to view an x-y-z local coordinate system for my shell elements.
Hopefully I'm missing something or this is just a bug in 11.1.2.
The following plot shows the "element coordinate system" in FEMAP V11.2: