S is for Simulation

Greetings Simulation Gurus!

I’ve been harping on shortcuts so much so lately that I fear some of you will beat me about the head when I see you all at the Roll Out events this fall. Yet, today I’m going to share with you another, you guessed it, SHORTCUT (and the crowd goes wild…)!

I can’t help myself. I set these shortcuts the other day and I’ve been using them at every step. It has honestly changed how I use Simulation. I would not be fulfilling my duty to you if I did not share them.

So here it is!

Based on the “S” key shortcuts, we can now add Simulation fly-out menus. I’ve added 3 Simulation tools to my “S” key and I’ve been ecstatic about it!



I’ve added the “Show/Hide Mesh” option on the bottom left. This alone is handy. I can’t tell you the amount of time I spend staring at the right-click menu on the mesh just looking for “Show Mesh.” I don’t know why, I just can’t ever seem to easily spot the option.

In the middle, I’ve added the “Simulation Commands” menu. As you can see below, the entire list are tools I use constantly. Now they’re all available wherever my mouse is.


The last option I added is the “Apply Loads” menu. This contains all of the setup tools that I’m using every second of setup time. No more back and forth from model to tree!


I’ve had Simulation tools on my “S” key in the past but these fly-out menus have me sold!

To customize your “S” Key,  just select the “S” key on your keyboard, right-click the shortcut toolbar which appears, and select “Customize”.  Make sure your Simulation Add-In is turned on!

From here you’ll find all kinds of goodies to add. As I mentioned above, I added 2 fly-out menus and a single tool.

The “Simulation Commands” fly-out you’ll find here:

The “Apply Loads” menu you’ll find here:


If you’re looking for these tools specifically, just be aware that there are Advisor toolbars that also look very similar. Check the tool-tip before adding them to make sure you got the right one!

If you’re looking to add individual Simulation tools, there is a full section of those as well. Check the “Toolbar” selection drop-down at the top and choose “Simulation” to find them.


Fancy the new “Mesh Sectioning” tool and want quick access to it? Add it to your “S” key. Or maybe the “Shell Manager” is your go-to. Whatever it is that you’re always hunting for, dig it up and drop it on your “S” key. You’ll thank me for it!

Don’t forget that you’ll want to customize this for parts AND assemblies.

Keep calm and Sim on!






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