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October 2014

How using MSC Apex more and more makes it a better tool

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In the interest of enhancing MSC Apex for everyday use, there is an Integrated Reporting Tool (IRT) that allows MSC Apex to communicate any errors or enhancement requests to MSC Software.

If by rare chance an error were to be encountered, the IRT is automatically prompted asking if you would like to submit an error report to us at MSC Software. Alternatively, a report may be manually submitted.

Each report is carefully reviewed, and our development team acts on resolving errors that would deliver the best improvement in experience and functionality.

If an idea comes to mind about improving the application, IRT can also be used to submit enhancement ideas.

With each new release of MSC Apex, the application will perform better thanks to you using MSC Apex more and more.


The Integrated Reporting Tool is used to add information to an error report.


MSC Apex Methods for Simpler FE Meshing, Aerospace Applications

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Constructing the mesh models necessary for FEA can be a time consuming process, sometimes taking days and weeks. An MSC Software survey revealed 55% of users spend over 30% of their time in the geometry clean-up and meshing stage.

This webinar presents new methods to speed up the meshing process. Specifically, MSC Software’s Direct Modeling and Meshing solution MSC Apex Modeler will be showcased. A demonstration will be given that walks you through defeaturing geometry, extracting midsurfaces, connecting free edges, meshing, material attribution and shell thickness and offsets.

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3 things to know about MSC Apex

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With MSC Apex officially out in the wild, here are 3 things to know.

1) Computational Parts Based

MSC Apex is the first CAE system to feature Computational Parts. Consider an assembly or vehicle of some sort as shown in the image below.

  • Traditionally, a change to one small portion of a model requires a complete reanalysis of the whole physical model. With Computational Parts, a change to one part requires only a subset of the previous solution to be revaluated. Given how much faster simulations may be performed, evaluating more design variants is possible.
  • The models may be shared with other engineering groups without exposing sensitive design information. With Computational parts, options exist to conceal critical design parameters of a model.



2) CAE Specific Direct Modeling and Meshing

MSC Apex includes Direct Modeling and Meshing exclusively for the CAE community. Many of our existing customers have noticed a significant times savings in the CAD to mesh process of their workflow. As one of customers said:

“MSC Apex Modeler is so easy to use and yet so enjoyable. I complete the same work in a half day rather than 3-4 days.” -Kaban Makina


Modifying geometry and meshes feels natural and intuitive

3) Easy to Use, Easy to Learn

It usually takes weeks or months to become proficient in using a CAE application. MSC Apex has been designed to be highly intuitive and learnable.


Numerous learning resources are embedded in the applications, one of which are the dozens of video tutorials

How does it all come together?

I have included a video below that shows you how MSC Apex may be applied to repairing CAD, meshing, and ultimately an analysis with Computational Parts.

Improving the Element Quality of Meshes for FEA | MSC Apex Modeler

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In my previous post Why is MSC Apex’s Direct Modeling capability unique?  we learned how MSC Apex Modeler allows us to use Direct Modeling on already meshed geometry.

In addition to this, you can view the element quality as you modify the geometry. In the example below, you will see the quality of the elements change and improve as I work on the geometry.


Direct Modeling is used to close open edges, remove holes, and a fillet. Note the quality of the elements improve in the mesh.

Faster FEA Meshing with MSC Apex Modeler

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When browsing our MSC Apex Modeler page, you will find a Productivity Gains section that discusses the time savings MSC Apex Modeler can deliver.

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Today I gave myself a challenge, re-do the same model in less than one hour. I was able to do most of the model under 1.1 hours, still a remarkable feat compared to standard pre/post processors. Given more time, I could have polished the mesh a bit more.


Original solid


Final shell mesh with thickness plot

You will find me working on the model in this video. It has been forward 4x.

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MSC Apex Technical Specs

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The info on this page is current to MSC Apex Fossa.

Is something missing from the page? Please email me. My contact info is located at the bottom of the post.

MSC Apex Hardware and Software Requirements

Minimum/Recommended System Requirements
Hardware Platforms Intel Core 2 Duo, I7 and Intel Xeon, Intel Core 2 Quad
Memory 8 GB Minimum
16 GB (or higher) Recommended
Swap Space/Page File Swap = 1.5 times the memory size.
Disk Space 12-20GB*
Operating Systems Windows 7 Enterprise, Professional, or Ultimate Editions
(Service Pack 1, 64 bit).

Windows 10 Professional, 64-bit

Other 3 Button Mouse
Graphics Devices 1280×1024 or higher resolution

Supported Graphics Cards

Apex uses OpenGL acceleration. Any graphics board and driver combination that supports OpenGL version 3.3 or higher and 1280×1024 resolution or greater should work with the application. MSC Software has, however, tested the following specific graphics adapters to verify compatibility with the application on Windows. We cannot guarantee the functionality of other graphics devices.

AMD FirePro M4000
AMD FirePro M4100 FireGl V
AMD FirePro M4150
AMD FirePro M4170
AMD FirePro M5950
AMD FirePro M5950(FireGL V)
AMD FirePro M6100
AMD FirePro M6100 FireGL V
AMD FirePro M7820
AMD FirePro V3900
AMD FirePro V4800
AMD FirePro V4800(FireGL V)
AMD FirePro V4900
AMD FirePro V5900 (FireGL V)
AMD FirePro W2100
AMD FirePro W4100
AMD FirePro W4190M
AMD FirePro W5100
AMD FirePro W5170M
AMD FirePro W7100
AMD FirePro W7170M
AMD FirePro W8100
NVIDIA Quadro 1000M
NVIDIA Quadro 2000
NVIDIA Quadro 2000M
NVIDIA Quadro 4000
NVIDIA Quadro 4000M
NVIDIA Quadro 5000M
NVIDIA Quadro 6000
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1700
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
NVIDIA Quadro FX 360M
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800
NVIDIA Quadro FX 570
NVIDIA Quadro FX 580
NVIDIA Quadro FX 770M
NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M
NVIDIA Quadro FX380
NVIDIA Quadro K1100M
NVIDIA Quadro K1200
NVIDIA Quadro K2000
NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
NVIDIA Quadro K2200
NVIDIA Quadro K2200M
NVIDIA Quadro K420
NVIDIA Quadro K4200
NVIDIA Quadro K5000
NVIDIA Quadro K5000M
NVIDIA Quadro K5100M
NVIDIA Quadro K5200
NVIDIA Quadro K600
NVIDIA Quadro K6000
NVIDIA Quadro K620
Nvidia Quadro M1000M
Nvidia Quadro M2000
NVIDIA Quadro M2000M
Nvidia Quadro M4000
Nvidia Quadro M5000
NVIDIA Quadro M5000M
NVIDIA Quadro M6000
Nvidia Quadro M6000 24G

Other Supported Graphics Cards:

ATI FirePro V7800 (FireGL V)
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics P580

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