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How to Use the 6 Fibersim Actions

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Fibersim Actions consist of a definition, script and transform working in conjunction to create a function that users can run through the user interface. This flexibility is possible because Fibersim is built on the XML (Extensible Markup Language) open standard platform. More on XML can be found here: XML.

Transforming the XML documents into other documents is performed by a XSL Transform or XSLT. XSLT is most often used to convert data between different XML schemas or to convert XML data into HTML. Due to its open XML architecture, Fibersim can easily share and exchange information between third party software packages to migrate date and generate custom reports and documentation.

The current version of Fibersim (15) includes six Action scripts available with the general release, as shown below.


Action Scripts


  1. Ply Table – HTML – Using this Action in Fibersim, an HTML output is displayed with the default HTML viewer listing all of the plies in the model. The Ply Name, associated Laminate, Sequence, Step, Material, Rosette, Orientation and Cured Thickness are the values listed for each ply.



  1. Ply Table – CSV (e.g. Excel) – This is the same Action as the HTML output but it is exported into CSV (e.g. Excel) format.




  1. Weight Table – This Action is a report of laminate/ply data specific to weight. The listed fields are Ply name, Sequence-Step, Material, Material Thickness, Areal Weight, Net Area, Unit Weight, Weight minus Cutouts and Center of Gravity.


 4. Core Sample Table – This Action generates a report in HTML format of all the Core Samples/Design Stations created in the model. 



  1. Zone Table – This Action provides a visual representation of the zone definitions in relation to the layers consisting of them. It allows the user to visually see the design created in the Fibersim Advanced Composite Engineering EnvironmentÔ in a table format.


6. Out-Of-Date Report – This Action creates an HTML report of every object within Fibersim that is currently out-of-date. The Object Type, Object Name, and Out-Of-Date member are listed. 




As the above screenshots of the Actions indicate, Fibersim data is pulled from the model, formatted and then displayed outside of the Fibersim interface. The specific data, layout and target format are all customizable. In addition, the outputs are not limited to reports and documentation. Data can be sent to all applications with APIs that accept imported data, such as PLM software or manufacturing interfaces.

Implementing an Action does not require a new installation or version change of the base Fibersim product currently being used. Actions can be integrated into the menu bar at the top of the Fibersim window at any time, and users are also able to create their own actions at any time.