Show element thickness

This script will show the thickness of shell elements using the element thickness variable. It automatically identifies the correct thickness variable for these readers: Ansys Results, LS-DYNA3D, LS-DYNA_Beta, MSC/Dytran, Nastran OP2 (beta.

Example images using ‘blade out’ example model. Image on left is original model. Image on right is after running the script.


The script works by creating one or two elevated surfaces for each selected surface part and hides the original parts.

Running the script will show a GUI with several options. Checking “Match part colors” will give the elevated surface parts the same color as their parent parts so the model looks the same other than the thickness.


Download the script: element_thickness_gui