From ANSYS® Mechanical, you can export geometry to outside in your computer. But this geometry is not openable in each kind of CAD software. The file type of the exported geometry is .pmdb which is not an ordinary CAD file. Here, we will explain how to export ANSYS® Mechanical geometries in the .pmdb extension.
To export ANSYS® Mechanical geometries, just right-click on ‘Geometry’ inside the ‘Model’ tab as shown by the red arrow above. And hover your mouse on the ‘Export…’ section as shown by the green arrow then click on ‘Geometry’. If you have multiple geometries in ANSYS® Mechanical such as assemblies, you can export all of them by exporting ‘Geometry’ like above.
If you want to export an individual geometry such as a part of an assembly, you can only export that part by right-clicking on it in ANSYS® Mechanical.
After clicking on the ‘Export’ button, enter the name of your part as shown by the green arrow above then you can see in the green box, you can only export and save your ANSYS® Mechanical geometries as .pmdb part. Then select your file directory to save it. Finally, click on ‘Save’.
.pmdb format of ANSYS® Mechanical geoımetry files can be opened in SpaceClaim and DesignModeler CAD tools of ANSYS®. You can edit your geometries in these tools, and import them into ANSYS® Mechanical again.
Work points, material data, spot weld, and things like coordinate systems are not exported in the .pmdb file.
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Exporting geometries in ANSYS® Mechanical is very easy like above. Do not forget to leave your comments and questions about exporting geometry file from ANSYS® Mechanical below. Your precious feedbacks are very important to us.
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