Computer Graphics and Visualization Lab

Department of Computer Science at Purdue University

DynaPlugin: a 3dsmax import plugin for LS Dyna FEA data

Dynaplugin is an import plug-in for 3D Studio Max (3dsmax) that simplifies and loads the results of a finite element analysis simulation computed with LS Dyna. Solids, shells, and thick shells are imported as triangular meshes, beams as 3D splines, and SPH particles as spheres. The 3dsmax entities are animated according to the simulation states stored in the LS Dyna database. The plugin removes internal faces and simplifies trajectories according to a user-specified error threshold.

LS Dyna simulation results rendered in 3dsmax using the DynaPlugin.


  • Voicu Popescu
  • Chris Hoffmann
  • Paul Rosen
  • Rajesh Selvamani

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