Mastering the Abaqus Visualization Module | Abaqus screenshot, Legend display…

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Are you interested in customizing the Abaqus interface? Are you looking to create comprehensive analysis reports? Would you like to alter the appearance of Abaqus results? Stay with the CAE assistant team in this practical post, where we delve into essential tasks within the Abaqus visualization and result modules. Gain valuable insights and discover how to efficiently capture Abaqus screenshots in the viewer.

1. Changing Fonts (Texts in results plot) in Abaqus visualization

From the main menu bar select Viewport > Viewport Annotations Options:

Changing Fonts in Abaqus | Abaqus visualization

Go to the any of Legend, Title Block or State Block tabs. Now, click on the Set Font… button. In the Select Font form that appears you can set the size and type of font. The new size/type can be applied to the various categories:

1. Triad
2. Legend
3. Title Block
4. State Block

Tick the box you need.

You can also change the color of texts by selecting Color beneath the Set Font… button in Legend, Title Block or State Block tabs.

2. Showing items or not in Abaqus results

You can tell Abaqus whether to display different items in Abaqus results or not. From the main menu bar, select Viewport > Viewport Annotations. Then in General tab, check/uncheck items as favorable:
Displaying items in Abaqus | Abaqus viewer

3. Modifying legend display in Abaqus visualization

In section 1 of the current article and, more specifically, in Q&A:How can I change font size of the contour legend in an Abaqus plot?, we have learned about modifying the font and color of the legend text. You can also make these other modifications to the Abaqus legend options:

Modifying legend display in Abaqus result
i) The position of the Abaqus legend (by changing the upper left corner (x,y) with respect to Viewport)
ii) Whether showing legend outlining the box or not
iii) Whether showing the legend title or not
iv) Showing Min/Max value in every frame with corresponding element and node No.
v) Format of the numbers in legend. Look at the table as a guide:
Table. Numbers Format in Legend | Abaqus viewer
vi) Legend background

There are some more points about the Abaqus legend option that you can see in the next posts.

4. Displaying the beam profile and shell thickness

If you use wire parts to model beams, you can view an idealized representation (i.e. the 3D-shape) of the beam profile for Abaqus results data.
Rendering Beam Profile for Cargo Crane | Abaqus visualization
In the Visualization module, from the main menu bar, select View > ODB Display Options… (you can find that in left toolbox, too):
Rendering beam/shell profile in Abaqus viewer
In the window appeared, on the first tab (General) there is a section called Idealizations. Check the Render beam profiles box. You can also choose the scale factor to increase the section size as you need.
In addition, you can visualize thickness for shell elements by checking the Render shell thickness box.
Beam and shell thickness rendering are available in the Visualization module for undeformed and deformed plots only. (Abaqus viewer )

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5. Displaying boundary conditions (B.C.) in Abaqus results

In the Abaqus visualization module or Abaqus result module, you can show the boundary conditions of problem besides the result contours. From the main menu bar, select View > ODB Display Options…. In Entity Display tab, select Show boundary conditions:
Displaying boundary conditions in Abaqus | Abaqus result
You can also decrease the size of the symbols if they are large and unsuitable or increase if required from Options section at the top.
Note: The display of model entities can affect Abaqus/CAE performance significantly and slowing down your computer.


6. Showing nodes and element labels

Element/node labels are numeric labels that identify each element/node in FEA.
To visualize the nodes and element labels within the Visualization module, from main menu bar select Options > Common… (or also Common Options from toolbox):

Displaying Node and Element Label in Abaqus VisualizationIn the window appeared, go to Labels tab and tick Show element labels and/or Show node labels as required.
In addition, you can choose the Color of the element/nodes labels.

In the below video, I have summarized these tasks enjoy it and learn in a few minutes:

7. Changing Background

When reporting your Abaqus results, the appearance of pictures you capture from Abaqus/CAE plots is affected by the difference in contrast between the model colors and the colors in the viewport background. You can improve this contrast by changing the color or colors displayed in the viewport background. You can display a single color or you can create a gradient background.
To change the background, from the main menu bar, select View > Graphics Options. Look at this Q&A:
How do I change the background color of the viewport?
This is general and works in every module of Abaqus. Follow the instructions in Visualization module.
It is recommended to select a solid white color.

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8. Capture an image (Abaqus screenshot)

Abaqus/CAE allows you to take an Abaqus screenshot of viewports to a file for later use, for example, to include in a presentation or embed in a printed report. To capture an image, from the main menu bar in Abaqus viewer, select File > Print:
Abaqus screenshot | capture image in Abaqus
You can also use CTRL+P shortcut on your keyboard.
Now, select an image format such as PNG or TIFF and assign a File name to be saved in your working directory (as default). You can change the save directory by choosing the File Select Browser icon (look at the above picture).

If you want to have the most options when saving the Abaqus screenshot, you must select EPS format, which allows selecting image resolution besides its size.
As a simple trick, to get rid of these settings and Print window, just press CTRL+C on your keyboard to Capture an image. This will make a Copy of your current Viewport that can be Paste anywhere else (Word, Presentation, etc.). The function of this shortcut is exactly like Print Screen key (but is limited to the area of current Viewport in Abaqus/CAE).
If you prefer any of these customizations to be applied automatically for each time Abaqus opens, follow the instruction in:
Q&A 119: How can I save graphical settings I made in Abaqus/CAE? I do not want repeat these settings when opening Abaqus again.

In this article, CAE assistant team has attempted to cover all your needs for creating a compelling presentation of your Abaqus results. Now, you can customize your Abaqus visualization according to your preferences. I hope you have got enough information about Abaqus visualization tasks or necessary points about the Abaqus result module in Abaqus viewer. It would be useful to see Abaqus Documentation to understand how it would be hard to start an Abaqus simulation without any Abaqus tutorial.
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How do I take an image from Abaqus?

To capture an image in Abaqus Viewer, follow these steps:

  1. From the main menu bar, select File > Print.
  2. In the opened window, specify the destination folder for the file.
  3. Provide a suitable name for the file.
  4. Choose an appropriate format for the image.

What is visualization in Abaqus?

Visualization in Abaqus is the graphical display of FEA simulation results. It allows you to see how your model behaves and identify areas of stress, strain, and deformation.

How do I change the font in Abaqus?

From the main menu bar, select Viewport > Viewport Annotations Options. Go to the Legend, Title Block, or State Block tab. Click the Set Font button. In the Select Font form, set the size and type of font.

Abaqus Fonts | Abaqus visualization

How do you hide elements in Abaqus?

From the main menu bar, select Viewport > Viewport Annotations. Then in the General tab, check/uncheck items as favorable.

Hide/show elements in Abaqus | Abaqus result

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One thought on “Mastering the Abaqus Visualization Module | Abaqus screenshot, Legend display…

  1. User Avatar ryan says:

    This article was really useful for me. All the points I needed to prepare my report were told in this article. Is part B of this article printed now?

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