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Fibersim 101: (13 of 14) Text Annotations

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Welcome to Fibersim 101, a step-by-step series of articles meant to familiarize new users with the key concepts of the software. We recommend starting with Part 1 and downloading the “” file at the bottom of that page in order to follow along with these exercises. If you need to go back to Fibersim 101: (1 of 14) Model Setup click here.


Fibersim’s suite of documentation functionality includes the ability to publish information to 3D text annotations created in NX. The first type of Text Annotation Fibersim can produce is the Core Sample, and as its name implies, it exports the results from a single Design Station object to the selected annotation in NX.

First, in our example model, please create a note in NX. Click the Application tab in NX, then click the PMI application as shown below:



Click on the PMI tab, and then click the Note utility.


TextAnnotations3.pngClick the Settings button at the bottom of the Note dialog box.


TextAnnotations4.jpgEnter a Height of 1.0 under Text Parameters and then click Close.


TextAnnotations5.jpgSince we wish to publish core sample information taken at the “Core–DS Origin” point to our note, it makes sense to attach the note’s leader to that point. Click and hold on “Core–DS Origin” as the origin for the text leader, and then drag the text away from the model. Click a second time to place the text. The resulting note will be the Annotation Leader used in Fibersim.


TextAnnotations6.pngFinally, start Fibersim and expand “Annotations” in the Applications tree under Documentation. Click on “Core Sample” under Annotations, and then right-click in the Core Sample list on the right, and select Create New.


TextAnnotations7.jpgIn the “create Core Sample” form, select DS001 from the Design Station drop-down list, and then click the Link Geometry button for the Annotation Leader as shown below:


TextAnnotations8.jpgSelect the previously-created note and then click OK. The Core Sample will generate as shown below: 


In addition to publishing core sample results to NX annotations, users can also create Ply Tables. Ply Tables can be customized to report different parameters in their columns, but they are typically used to show all the components (plies and cores) in a laminate, in Sequence-Step order.



Another extremely useful documentation tool is the ability to produce Ply Callout annotations. Ply Callouts display a list of all plies and cores whose boundaries intersect a specified point on the laminate. This type of 3D Text Annotation relies on the selection of a point on the tool surface (located along the boundary curve it is meant to identify).TextAnnotations11.png

Finally, users can create a Material Table annotation. The Material Table annotation displays all the Fibersim materials used in a specified laminate as shown below: