Using one element type is not always feasible when performing stress analysis on large, complex CAD assemblies. Mixing solid, shell, and line elements together can produce a mesh that's more efficient and more accurate. This approach can drastically reduce analysis time and enable more automation in the digital prototyping process. In this class, Ed Gillman will explain the key differences between the finite element types and where they’re best utilized. He will then demonstrate the process of converting assemblies into mixed element models and the techniques that can be used to properly connect the mesh.