Is there a fast way to rename multiple plies. For instance I create plies P001 through P010 In SEQ. A and a step value of 20. I discover I need to create a new ply which would be P011but it needs to be the first ply down. So I need to rename all the plies. I want P011 to become P001. Manually renaming is cumbersome and prone to error of course.
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What you are looking for is called patterned input. First you need to sort the ply list the way you want it. In your example, either use the Composite Sequence Manager or manually resequence P011 such that it is the first ply in the stackup (lowest step value). Then:
Patterned input also works for Step, so you can adjust all step values to a common increment when you are ready to release your part.
There is not a shortcut that I know of to do this on the ply level. I usually just make 4 plies (let's say 0,45,90,-45), then I highlight the 4 plies, right click and choose "create based on". Now I have 8 plies. Then I highlight the 8 plies and choose create based on again, leaving me with 16 plies... and so on... At the end, I highlight all of the plies and change the step to 10,10 to put everything into the correct step order.
Patterned input was actually added to the specified orientation field for plies in Fibersim 16.
So in Crafty's example, you could modify the first 4 plies and type "0,45" which would give the orientations 0, 45, 90, 135. Alternatively, if you type "0;45;90;-45" it will give you those explicit values, then restart the pattern for the 5th ply. Again, this is new to Fibersim 16 and is not possible in previous releases.