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Fibersim Color and Format Options

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In the increasingly complex composite design and manufacturing environment, Fibersim provides numerous capabilities that streamline the communication of composite part data. One such capability is the use of colors and line formats. 

Colors can be designated in Fibersim’s material database.  This is the central repository of material parameters and is an XML-formatted file that can be customized easily by end-users. When the colors are set up appropriately, users can generate and communicate data more effectively using Fibersim.

Fibersim’s color palette allows for the use of 56 colors. For the full list of colors along with the corresponding RGB values, see Chapter 1, section 1.7 (“Fibersim Color Palette”) of the Fibersim’s user guide.

Also note that Black is the default color for failed boundaries.

Companies can designate a color for seven key orientations for each material in the database:

  • Color_0_Degrees
  • Color_45_Degrees
  • Color_90_Degrees
  • Color_135_Degrees (same as the -45 degree orientation)
  • Color_np45_Degrees (for the +/- 45 Degree Orientation Color)
  • Color_090_Degrees (for plies defined as 0/90)
  • Color_Other_Angles (for core and other ply angles)

In addition to colors, the line styles and thickness of each orientation can also be defined in the Fibersim Material Database. For each of the seven orientation listed previously, the line style can be define as one of 4 options:

  • Solid (Default)
  • Dashed
  • Dotted
  • Phantom (combination of dotted and dashed)

While the line thickness can be:

  • Thin (Default)
  • Medium
  • Thick

Once these parameters are defined in the materials database, Fibersim utilizes the color scheme and line style to render many types of composite data.  For instance:


Ply/Layer highlighting – Fibersim utilizes the appropriate color to highlight the ply or layer boundary based on material/orientation. When users highlight multiple components it is far easier to discern the lay-up from the colors presented rather than having to refer to the ply’s details or a ply table.




3D Cross-sections – Fibersim can create model-based cross-section geometry that will be rendered in the appropriate color.  In the example below, the core is brown, 0-degree ply is blue, -45-degree ply is red, 45-degree ply is green and the 90-degree ply is yellow.




2D Ply Books –Fibersim can generate 2D drawing documents that include the ply shape superimposed on a tool view as well as the flat pattern with the origin and direction. The appropriate color is used to represent each ply on each page, visually calling out the FIBER ORIENTATION note in the table.



Options – Fibersim allows the user to designate certain options based on the available colors discussed above. The “Use Material / Orientation Color” option enables the ply highlighting capability. The “Failed Boundary Color,” “First Stage Region Color” and “Region Highlight Color” are also customizable on a per-user basis.