Fibersim has two XML databases that it uses to define the composite data: MaterialsDB.xml and MachineDB.xml. The former is the main database that stores the composite materials used for design and manufacturing while the latter is a database of machines for automated layup definition. Each of these databases use XML as its format. XML is a very open and customizable language designed for storing and transporting data within software. However, not everyone is comfortable working with XML and editing the files regularly. If the files are edited incorrectly, it could lead to an improperly formatted file and Fibersim will not be abe to read the databases. For this reason, some Fibersim users prefer to use a program such as Excel to open and edit the XML databases. However, this process is not always known. The following will describe the process of opening up Fibersim’s MaterialDB.xml file, editing it and saving it so that it can be easily done and avoid errors. Also be aware that steps 1-4 are a one time process to setup the template and do not need to be repeated every time.
Step 1: Opening the XML file through Excel.
Step 2: Choose to “Use the XML Source task pane” and accept the warning about a schema
Step 3: Drag the individual data labels into the Excel cells
Step 4: Refresh the data to populate the file
Step 5: Editing, adding new materials and deleting
Step 6: Saving file and accepting warning
Step 7: Save Excel workbook to reuse again
Step 8: Opening Excel template and ensuring correct connection when using template
Step 8 and 5-7 are the steps needed to repeat as you continue to edit the database. If you follow these steps, it will be much easier to edit Fibersim’s XML databases and avoid any syntax errors.