Color by element type

This one is for EnSight 10 only, folks. E10 has a new calculator function called EleMetric which has many features for mesh quality assessment. One function creates a scalar variable for each element which represents the type of element it is. Using this function one can color each element by element type. This tool is essentially a wrapper for EleMetric that adds some nice extras.

Download: color_by_element_type.zip (updated 2014-2-20)

Advantages of using this tool vs. manually coloring by EleMetric include:

  1. Automate simple steps: calculating the variable, naming the variable, coloring the parts, hiding the default legend, setting per-element variable coloring to discrete (palette option).
  2. Automatically sets the palette to the correct number of levels. One level for each element type.
  3. Gives consistent coloring of element types between sessions and using different datasets. For example triangles will always be colored light blue. Colors were chosen to contrast.
  4. Creation of a ‘legend’ consisting of text annotations that tell which element types each color refers to.
  5. Provides a note about the consequences of creating the variable on created parts vs. only on model parts. Also makes it easier to calculate only on model parts.


EnSight versions: 10.0+
OS: all

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