Uploading Parts


Part files can be uploaded to a Project. Depending on the App, basic parts files can also be generated from specified parameters.

To view a Geometry setup demo, go to the Video Tutorials page.

The following topics are covered on this page (Clicking on a link will open a new page):

Geometry File Requirements

The following file types are currently supported:

  • .stl
  • .msh

Support for these file formats is coming to the app soon, but is not yet available:

  • .iges
  • .step

Please note the following:

  • The geometry must be a complete 3D surface.
  • If you are using a .msh file this should be a surface mesh only NOT a volume mesh. The application will create the volume mesh. Do not upload a volume mesh.
  • Unless intended, the geometry must be a closed surface. If there are any openings that are not sealed, mesh will fill the volume, and the simulation may fail.
  • Vehicle needs to be oriented where the nose of the vehicle is pointed in the negative X direction, the positive Y direction is out of the right hand side, and positive z direction is up.
  • Do not include open wire grids or cables in the simulation geometry. Treat them as if they are not there.
  • Geometry needs to be broken into more than one file based on application specific types. See below for Tool specific breakdowns.
  • Be sure there are no gaps between the parts that you do not intend. This is especially important to check when geometry is split up into different files across geometry types. Gaps will cause problems and may cause the simulation to fail.
  • Part geometries need to have a minimum of 4 mm thickness. This includes Trailing Edges across wings, any flat panels, and plane geometries.
  • If your file is over 1 GB, please separate geometry into different files.

Tool Specific Geometry Information

Additional information regarding geometry uploads for each App can be found here:

Importing Parts from Onshape

You will be able to import any file type that Onshape supports into our app, by first uploading that file to an Onshape document, then following the process listed here to import it into the app.

A complete list of file types that Onshape supports can be found here: https://cad.onshape.com/help/Content/translation.htm. Instructions on how to import files into Onshape can be found here https://cad.onshape.com/help/Content/uploadfiles.htm.

Uploading Parts

Geometries can be created while viewing a Project.

Note: Part file names can not start with any number or special characters

To upload a part file:

  • Click the Geometries item in the Navigation Menu on the left side of the interface.
  • To upload geometry files click on Parts then select the Upload button ( most right) and drag and drop the parts files to be uploaded into the upload box. Files can also be uploaded through a selection menu.

Note: As mentioned at the top of this page, the file types that are supported include: .stl, .mesh, coming soon: .step, .iges, imports from Onshape. For instructions on how to integrate your Onshape account with our app, please visit Importing Parts from Onshape.

  • In the list of files to be uploaded, select an appropriate part type for each file. The choice of part type will vary depending on which TS application that is used. A list of app specific information about the possible part types for geometry uploads is at the top of this page.
  • Declare the length units of the parts files.
  • Click the submit button.

View the newly created/uploaded part by clicking on the part then selecting Show 3D View button under the options for the part, then go to the tab that is automatically opened at the top. It is a good habit to view each part to be sure they were uploaded properly. If the geometry did not upload properly, it will not load in the view screen.

Creating Group Assemblies

Group assemblies will group together different part files and create an individual force group for that assembly.

  • Click Assemblies then click Create Assembly and give it a name. Note: Assembly names can not start with numbers or special characters.
  • Next to the assembly you just created, the part files will appear.
  • Select part files you would like to include in the assembly.
  • Click Save