CAE | Probe


This command displays CAE result values in the viewer as labels.

User could observe CAE result value for specific node or element.


Probe types

  • Current Result - Derived

    This displays value of current derived result at probed ID.

    Enable Probe and Left mouse button click on the model.


  • Current Result - Full

    This displays base components of selected result.


    x,y,z components for vector result.


    Translational and Rotational x,y,z for six degrees of freedom result.


    XX,YY,ZZ, XY,YZ,XZ components for tensor result in a matrix form.


  • All Results - Table

    This displays all result values of the probed ID.

    short cut - Shift + Mouse left button click.

  • All Instances - Table

    This displays all instance values of current result for t the probed ID.

    short cut  - Shift + Mouse left button click.

  • All Instances - XY Plot

    This displays XYPlot curve which describes  instances vs CAE result values.

    short cut - Ctrl + Mouse left button click.


  • User can probe only for current dataset if more than one dataset exists.

Known Issue

  • For small geometry or model, user may have problem in probing, VCollab provides a remedy for that problem. User is advised to scale the geometry or model and then start probing. Go down to read how to scale geometry or model.

How to probe CAE results?

  • Click 'CAE | Probe', which enables mouse mode to probe.

  • Or

  • Click Probe icon in the tool bar.

  • Click the down arrow next to the probe icon.

  • It drops down the list of probe types.

  • Select a type.

  • Click on a node to probe current CAE result for the same node.

  • Notice that CAE value with nodal number is displayed as label in viewer.


  • User can show / hide the nodal id in probed labels using 'Tools | Labels/Notes Settings'.

  • Click 'Tools | Labels/Notes | Settings', which pops up settings dialog.


  • Click 'Show ID' option to display or hide nodal id in the probed label.



Current Result - Derived


Current Result - Full

All Results Table


All Instances Table


All Instances XYPlot



All Result Table Context Menu

All result table is split into three regions for context menu.

  1. Header

    This is table header. It contains node or element ID. In case of merging more than one models, this header contains more than one ID and each ID refers to one column in value region.

  2. Row Header

    This refers to the model name of the column data. It is useful when comparing multiple models.

  3. Column Header

    This refers to list of result names. It contains only abbreviation of results. Here is D is for displacement. User can view the abbreviation table if necessary.

  4. Value Region

    This is set of cells and its values corresponds to its column and row header.

Table Header Context Menu


Column or Row header Context Menu

Value Region Context Menu


Edit Value Allows user to edit values and update it to multiple cells across all viewpoints.
Edit Precision Allows user to change precision and formats.
Edit Font Allows user to change the font and its attributes.
Mark Min & Max Highlights the table if value is maximum or minimum among the available tables.
ID Shows  or hides table header.
Part Displays part name header
Row Header Shows or hides row header.
Column Header Shows or hides column header.
Abbreviations Show or hides result abbreviations table.
Hide Label Hides label.
Delete Label Deletes label.
Show All Labels Shows all labels independent of attached position visibility
Hide All Labels Hides all labels.
Delete All Labels Deletes all existing labels.
Delete All Hidden Labels Deletes all hidden labels.
Invert Show Labels Inverts the labels visibility.
Add Row Adds a new row at the end.
Insert Row Inserts a new row at the mouse cursor position.
Add Column Adds a new column at the end.
Insert Column Inserts a new column at the mouse cursor position.
Delete Row Deletes row.
Delete Column Deletes column.
Fit Labels Fits all labels inside viewer.
Auto Fit Labels Fits all labels inside the viewer during scene rotation, zoom and pan.
Arrange Labels Arranges all labels and tables in multiple rows according to its attached positions to the model. It has 3 mechanisms 'Near, Top-Bottom and Compact'.
Auto Arrange Labels Arranges all labels automatically whenever user modifies the label or table dimensions

Focus Node helps to zoom in the nodal vertex region in four levels for better visualization:

How to scale geometry or parts?

How to edit or format table?

Apply to Tables Allows user to set either current table or all tables
Apply to Fields Allows user to set all fields or current field or current colum.
Font Allows user to change a font and its size
Font Size Allows user to change a font size.
Text Color Allows user to change text color
Background Allows user to show/hide background
Background Color Allows user to enable/disable background and to select a color.
Border Allows user to show or hide border.
Border Color Allows user to change border color.
Update All ViewPoints Allows user to apply and update the modifications to viewpoints too.