Is there an option where I control whether femap overwrites, offsets or duplicates imported FEM entities?
Currently it seems FEMAPs overwrites entities when I import a nastran bdf file.
I'm not a huge fan of model > merge. I have tried it in the past, but I would prefer to be able to control how femap handles importing a raw bdf, rather than import the bdf into a blank database, then merge it to the final database.
I need something similiar to the level of control Patran provides when importing nastran bdfs.
You should give File - Merge another try, we put extensive work into it to provide all the auto-renumbering and overwrite/don't overwrite options that NASTRAN users have asked for. I understand there's an extra step of reading the imported NASTRAN file into a temp model to use it, but the flexibility, and certainty of what's going to happen with the numbering of nodes, elements, materials and properties should be worth it. In addition, there's auto-grouping and transformation options as well.