During Global Sensitivity Studies, Mechanica changes the design variables within specified ranges to determine how sensitive certain measures such as Von Mises stress or maximum displacement are due to these variations. There are several tools available in Mechanica to help ensure that the design variables shape changes will not cause your geometry to fail.
You can use Shape Animate the Model from the Options dialog box to show the effects of one or more design variables on your model. Shape Animate enables you to view the shape changes that will occur at each step of the design study instead of just at a specific value.
When you click the Shape Animate the Model button to start the shape animation, Mechanica initially displays the model with the dimensions set to the start values. Mechanica then asks if you want to move on to the next step in the animation. You have the option of continuing or stopping the animation at each step. At the end of the animation, you have the option to restore the model to its original shape before the animation or replace the original model with the new shape.
Here are some Best Practices for using the Shape Animate functionality: