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Batch Rename ply ID's

Creator
Creator

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.

Thanks

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Re: Batch Rename ply ID's

Siemens Genius Siemens Genius
Siemens Genius

Hi crazyhorse,

 

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:

  1. Sort your ply list by step by clicking on the column heading
  2. Select all plies to be renamed (CTRL+A works)
  3. Modify them (right click > Modify)
  4. Double-check that the order is correct by reading the names in the title bar of Fibersim  - it should read P011, P001, etc.
  5. For Name, enter "P001,1" for the patterned input
    1. The text before the "," (P001) will be the name of the first object
    2. The number after the "," (1) will be the increment that will be applied to name subesequent objects
  6. Hit Enter and the name should go back to <Different> indicating that the renaming was done - the title bar should now reflect the correct names
  7. Hit Ok and you're done!

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.

Re: Batch Rename ply ID's

Creator
Creator
Thank you that was helpful

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Re: Batch Rename ply ID's

Experimenter
Experimenter

is there a way to do patterned re-naming to follow an alphabetical pattern? I want a group of plies to follow a P010-A, P010-B, P010-C... pattern.

Re: Batch Rename ply ID's

Siemens Genius Siemens Genius
Siemens Genius

Absolutely.  Just use an @ instead of a numbered increment.  In your example, you'd put in "10-A,@".  For more information on patterned input, check out this article.

Re: Batch Rename ply ID's

Siemens Valued Contributor Siemens Valued Contributor
Siemens Valued Contributor
If you use P#-A,@ where # is a ply number and A is your numeric designator then a comma and @ symbol this should accomplish your renaming.
Leigh Hudson
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Re: Batch Rename ply ID's

Experimenter
Experimenter

Hi everyone,

When creating / editing multiple plies, is there a way to use patterned input to define the ply angle?

Thanks  John

 

 

Re: Batch Rename ply ID's

Siemens Valued Contributor Siemens Valued Contributor
Siemens Valued Contributor

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.

Re: Batch Rename ply ID's

Siemens Genius Siemens Genius
Siemens Genius

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.

Re: Batch Rename ply ID's

Siemens Valued Contributor Siemens Valued Contributor
Siemens Valued Contributor

Sweet! Another reason to upgrade to FS16.