August 13, 2013

Release Notes - Readme File

Autodesk, Inc.

This file contains useful information about Autodesk® Sim 360™ Pro and Autodesk® Sim 360™ Moldflow® installation and components.

Installation Notes


Off-Line Solving

This service pack supports product usage when not connected to the Internet.

Windows Firewall Exception

On some computers, the first time you start a simulation, an error is issued about not being able to connect to a solver computer. This is because the Windows Firewall is blocking communication with the Simulation Job Manager. To resolve this, create a Firewall exception for the Simulation Job Manager:

  1. From the Windows® Control Panel, click Windows Firewall.
  2. Select Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall (from side banner).
  3. Scroll to Autodesk Simulation Job Manager and check the Domain, Home/Work, and Public boxes.

File Name Length

File names of files run in Autodesk 360 should not exceed 100 characters.

Component Notes

Notes about Autodesk® Simulation Moldflow® Insight 360

The Quick Uninstall Tool may fail to uninstall the language packs for Autodesk® Simulation Moldflow® 360. To remove the language packs from your computer, select "Uninstall a program" from the Windows® Control Panel.

Issues addressed in Service Pack 1

  1. Dual stack IPv6/IPv4 networks are supported for 64-bit Windows systems and also Linux 6 systems running at least version 6.1.
  2. When using Vault to store files, models can be imported, the analysis sequence can be changed or cancelled, and the changes will be saved, as expected.
  3. Vault client check-in, check-out and undo check-out are all enabled and work as intended.
  4. All surfaces are now included, when importing IGES files on non-English operating sustems that use a comma as the decimal separator.
  5. The 'Create Mold Block' function works as expected, when applied to a freshly meshed, imported CAD model on a non-English operating system that uses a comma as the decimal separator.
  6. The Report Wizard works as intended when generating an html format report.
  7. Mesh density can be set on CAD bodies, as in previous versions.
  8. Modulus values reported in custom modulus plots are in the expected range.
  9. Custom deflection plots can be created without the need for specific parameters to be entered.
  10. The number of animation frames can be set greater than 100 and the animation viewed. When you exit the dialog, the number of frames will revert to the default and must be set manually, each time.
  11. tcode reference help is available on European operating systems.
  12. Temperature, internal mold around a part insert (3D) in BEM-Cool now displays as expected.
  13. Administrator restrictions with Autodesk Simulation Moldflow 2014 on Win 7 and Win 8 systems, have been addressed to enable access to users without administrator rights.
  14. .stp files are read correctly into all relevant Autodesk packages.
  15. The Cool (FEM) solver has been enhanced so that it can manage circuits with a large number of elements. This enhancement improves the behavior of Rapid Heating and Cooling analyses for large models.
  16. Localization issue: Missing "Display on Deformed Mesh" option for displaying some results plot for 3D compression or 3D injection compression analysis (All Non English Systems). These results display as intended on all systems.
  17. Incorrect results with BEM cooling when study has Part Inserts and Mold Inserts, with 3D mesh has been resolved.
  18. An errant message issued by the solver during conformal cooling has been resolved.
  19. Mesh information is now being displayed as expected in the Study task window.
  20. ARD-RSC model is now selected for long fiber grades (for shrinkage recorrelation only.
  21. Compression molding (3D) and injection-compression molding (3D) with inserts is now possible.
  22. Warp dd is crashing. This issue was restricted to parts with inserts and has been resolved.
  23. Job manager status showed more than 150% on Win7-32 bits. This issue was related to injection-compression and has been resolved.

Material Database Changes

Summary of changes to the Thermoplastics Material database since the Autodesk Simulation Moldflow Insight - Synergy 2014 release:

Total number of suppliers: 462

Total number of grades: 9007

Specific data:

Please consult the Material Database Release Notes available on the Subscription Center for additional details about these changes.

Notes about Autodesk® Simulation CFD 360

To use models from other CAD formats, open the file into Simulation CFD 360.

Simulation CFD 360 Service Pack 1 is available in Italian, in addition to the other supported languages.

Issues addressed in Service Pack 1

  1. A transient analysis with more than one inner iteration per time step causes the solution Progress % to be inaccurate.
  2. In certain situations, mouse navigation (pan, zoom, and rotate) has delays and is slow to respond.
  3. Models in metric units are scaled by a factor of 1000 when launched into Simulation CFD 360 2014.
  4. The Convergence plot is blank in the Simulation Job Manager for a particular steady state job.
  5. After opening an Inventor part or assembly directly into Simulation CFD 360, using the Add/Update Design command results in an error.
  6. The summary and status files for intermediate results are not saved back to the local computer.
  7. After being prompted by Proxy Authentication and entering credentials, show Service Unavailable dialog instead of exiting from UI.

Notes about Autodesk® Simulation Mechanical 360

When using a non-English version, particularly German, and the path length to the model location is long, an error may occur when the model is uploading to or downloading from the cloud.

The solution is to modify the path to the file transfer folder:

  1. Open the Simulation Job Manger, and select Preferences.
  2. Click the File Transfer tab, and change the path in the File transfer temporary folder to a short value (e.g. C:\Temp).

To perform a stress analysis using temperatures from a Simulation CFD analysis, a similar error may occur if the default path is too long. You should use the procedure described above to reduce the length of the path to the file transfer temporary folder.

Simulation Mechanical 360 Service Pack 1 is available in Simplified Chinese, in addition to the other supported languages.

Issues addressed in Service Pack 1

  1. MES restart analyses that run on local computers do not run on a "remote" computer.
  2. For temperature dependent materials (standard and ortho), the "temperature" data is not exported or imported to XML files correctly, causing issues during XML import.
  3. Setting the Surface-to-Surface Contact of Surface Group, Simulation Mechanical 2014 crashes.
  4. The ‘run-time error 91’ is issued while trying to start the Material Library Manager.
  5. The Material library manager does not support the export or import of anisotropic materials as an XML file.
  6. When one exports "orthotropic" material models from a material library as an XML file, the "material model" value is missing from the XML file, which stops the user from re-importing those XML files in to other material libraries.
  7. Fatigue Wizard generates the message "Run-Time Error 6: Overflow" for Static stress models (Element type: Brick, with midside nodes).
  8. MES models that are having difficulty converging may encounter a solver error, and stop analyzing further.
  9. Weight and center of gravity will not work on computer with 64GB of ram and default memory allocation of 50%.
  10. Material Library Manager crashed in simplified Chinese environment.
  11. Shrink fit contact in LSS is not working properly.
  12. The ribbon does not change to a "results" specific ribbon when a time based analysis (ex: MES) analysis is running.
  13. Graphical Performance degradation occurs with Isolate / Show all surfaces when a model has "Selection groups".
  14. RIKS analysis Results Environment shows wrong number in time step, and running dialog shows wrong total analysis duration.
  15. "Point or Rectangle" selection using the "Vertices" command snaps onto vertices on hidden surfaces in FEA Editor.
  16. Broken context-sensitive help links (F1 key hook-ups). Product ID in helpids.xml file must be corrected.
  17. Hydrostatic Pressure Not Considered in 2014 for shell and brick (and maybe all) elements in MES & SSwNMM.
  18. Surface-to-surface contact settings dialog does not work when using Japanese and German display languages.
  19. Summary file reports incorrect centrifugal loads for MES and SSwNMM analyses.
  20. Simulation Mechanical 2014 Incorrectly Associates .cfz Files During Installation.
  21. Summary file reports incorrect centrifugal loads for LSS analyses.
  22. An issue occurred when coupling Simulation Mechanical 2014 and Moldflow Insight 2014 analyses.
  23. RIKS analysis - Wrong number of steps.
  24. A crash occurs when working on second analysis while first is in progress - C++ Runtime Error.
  25. CFD interop issue: When a user changes the iteration within Sim-Mech Analysis Parameters, the node mapping utility does not recognize it on the 1st attempted simulation..
  26. Strain Energy Distribution is calculated incorrectly.
  27. The wrong surface temperature is rendered at the contact interface between two parts in the attached test model.
  28. In report, the "probes" should be embedded in the "analysis parameters Information" and should be displayed just above "load curve info".
  29. Deleting an item (image, movie, vrml or hsf) from the report should not delete the file from the report folder of that FEM file.
  30. Thin composite element normal direction coordinates are not saved.
  31. The modal results log file has incorrect formatting in the mass participation section.
  32. Selection Groups are not recognized by the Mesh > Refinement > Add to Selection command.
  33. Second order degenerated brick with lumped mass yields different result compare to true tet or with consistent mass.
  34. Selection Highlight Color Does Not Work for Vertices or Lines.
  35. Results Contours > Settings > Isoplots > Plot Isosurface does not work as intended.
  36. Thermal resistance reported incorrectly in multiple places.
  37. MES non-contact model does not run or runs incorrectly via Remote Submission.
  38. MES Restart from another analysis model will not run via Remote Submission.
  39. In Japanese, a 2-bit material property name in Inventor 2013 changes to "Customer Defined" when pushed to Autodesk Simulation Mechanical 2013, and the material property values for that 2-bit named material change to 0.
  40. Surface (and edge) Refinement Group - when selected from the tree, selected surface (and edge) is not shown as the selection color (pink).

Notes about Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis 360

When insufficient physical memory exists to load completed results from Autodesk® 360, Robot Structural Analysis 360 issues errors indicating that no memory is available and that no results were downloaded. Note however that the Simulation Job Manager lists the job status as "Completed."

This issue has been observed mostly on 32 bit machines.

In this case a downloaded file can be found in the path specified in the robowin.log file. The workaround is to perform the following steps:

  1. Open the robowin.log file from c:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis 360 2014\Tmp.
  2. Locate the row with the RSJM error 0, T_StrConv::Replace, file not deleted: failed: message. It is followed by the path to the download file. Here is an example:
  3. Copy the file to a machine with more physical memory, and attempt to open the job.

Issues addressed in Service Pack 1


  1. Launching the help from the "Manager" and "Delete prepared results" tools has been fixed.
  2. Display of castellated and other special section shapes has been reestablished.
  3. Display of tables and steel design notes created by the "Frame generator" has been fixed.
  4. Opening of damaged examples (RTD files) has been improved.
  5. Import of SDNF files and data from the Autodesk® Inventor software has been fixed.
  6. The random crash observed during bar selection has been fixed.
  7. API function "ReversedRelease"; for the bar releases check has been fixed.
  8. Slow opening of the *.RTD file from the previous software version has been corrected.
  9. Displaying incorrect name of the *.RTD file after renaming during closing the program has been corrected.
  10. New equal leg angles profiles with a leg length from 200 to 300 mm have been added to the ArcelorMittal section database.
  11. Export to Word of the printouts containing maps has been corrected.
  12. Saving of the header and footer printout templates has been fixed.
  13. Visibility of linear support along arcs has been fixed.
  14. Incorrect display of the "Section properties" dialog for the French UI has been fixed.

Model Definition

  1. Material assignment for panels defined as ACIS objects has been fixed.
  2. Inversion of bracket position and tapered bar slope by the 'Local Bar Direction…' command has been removed.
  3. Influence of the "Detailed correct" command on rectangle panels (walls) has been fixed.
  4. Excessive duplication of bar nodal load when translating a bar along its length has been corrected.
  5. Applying linear loads to edges without warnings has been fixed.
  6. Potential deletion of nodal loads in structures with shell elements for which no loads (not even self-weight) have been defined has been corrected.
  7. Disappearing of tributary areas during the analysis has been fixed.
  8. Forcing the division number while defining Coon's mesh has been fixed.
  9. Generation of incorrect rigid links for diaphragms with zero material density has been fixed.
  10. Unimportant circular references inside meshes are no longer reported.
  11. Unusual slowdown of the model verification has been fixed.
  12. Fault operation of the Section Definition module for highly complex sections has been fixed.
  13. Display of automatic combination load types has been fixed.
  14. Generation of wind loads of undefined value for EN 1991-1-3/4:2005 has been fixed.
  15. Fatal error observed during modification of the wind load coefficients for NV65 02/09 has been fixed.
  16. Losing definition parameters of the climatic loads while wind and snow loads generation has been fixed.
  17. Memory error observed on 32-bit systems while generating wind and snow for models without attics has been fixed.
  18. Lack of result status change after modifications of the analysis parameters has been fixed.
  19. Too long model consolidation process for structures with claddings has been improved.

Analysis and Results

  1. Freezing the analysis run by 'Calculation Restart…' option has been corrected.
  2. Display of instability warnings when calculation errors appear has been fixed.
  3. The spectrum used in Chilean seismic calculation has been corrected.
  4. Disregarding density in modal analysis for claddings or diaphragms without FE meshes has been fixed.
  5. Results for 3D models with rotated supports defined by nodes/points (not defined by rotation angles) have been fixed.
  6. Taking into account importance class for the horizontal spectrums seismic analysis according to the French Eurocode (NF EN 1998-1/NA:2007 19.juil.2011) has been fixed.
  7. Generation of equivalent lateral forces on the highest floor only during a simplified seismic analysis has been corrected.
  8. Display of the core wall diagram for stories without masses has been fixed.
  9. Inactive dialog controls for displaying reduced forces maps on bars have been removed.
  10. Taking into account the shear forces while timber bars deformation calculation, disregarding the option activation, has been fixed.
  11. Lack of convergence while using multithreaded solver for nonlinear analysis has been fixed.
  12. Wrong procedure for the cable element results calculation when loaded with element loads (observed as well as the wrong results of nonlinear time history analysis) has been fixed.
  13. Incorrect level of structure base when set as different than zero and incorrect S(Ta) value presented in the calculation note during the NBCC 2010 seismic analysis using equivalent lateral force procedure have been fixed.
  14. Fatal error observed during stress analysis of the compound sections has been fixed.

Steel Connections Design

  1. Accidental change of the anchorage bolt diameter for the column base has been fixed.
  2. Tube connection chord resistance verification for CHS sections has been corrected.
  3. Constant diameter of the anchor bolts disregarding dialog settings for fixed and pinned column bases according to CM66 code has been corrected.
  4. Ignoring moment component originating from the shear force while calculation of normal stress in a welded 'Beam to Beam' connection has been fixed.
  5. Fatal error in the "Steel Connection Inspector" after creating connections for selected structure bars has been fixed.
  6. Incorrect section properties of double channels while verification of "Truss Node" connection according to EC3 has been improved.

Steel Members Design

  1. Steel member internal bracings definition for some codes (SNiP II-23-81, BS5950:2000, BSK99, GB50017-2003) has been fixed.
  2. ANSI AISC 360-05: lack of seismic dispositions verifications for manually defined seismic cases and combinations has been fixed.
  3. AS4100: undefined result value of the stability check has been fixed.
  4. BS EN 1993-1: yield strength values which were previously taken from the general Eurocode are now taken from the British national application.
  5. EN 1993-1:2005/AC:2009: k_zy coefficient zero value for not bi-symmetric sections has been replaced by the value calculated according to Table B.2 of Annex B.
  6. EC3 (all brands): elastic analysis for sections of class 2 has been fixed.

Timber Members Design

  1. NF EN 1995-1:2005/NA:2010 : the French version of the Eurocode timber design code (if version 2013 of the software is present) has been unlocked.

R/C Members Design

  1. Crash observed while inserting summary table to drawings has been fixed.
  2. Overlapping texts on drawing exported to DXF have been corrected.
  3. Elements disappearing from the inspector window when re-exporting to the RC modules have been fixed.
  4. Crash observed in RC beam design has been fixed.
  5. Beam rebar placed in the middle of span is now extended instead of being hooked.
  6. Column stirrup arrangement option has been fixed
  7. Import of manual combinations for RC column design has been unlocked.
  8. Crash observed while trying to add a Continuous Footing view has been locked.
  9. The extremely slow import of panels with defined load combinations has been fixed.
  10. Memory errors occurring during required reinforcement of slab calculation have been fixed.

Simulation Job Manager

The Autodesk® Simulation Job Manager is a utility for managing communication between the desktop and Autodesk® 360, and is included in the Autodesk® Sim 360™ Pro and Autodesk® Sim 360™ Moldflow installations.

To start the Simulation Job Manager from the Windows® Start menu, click All Programs > Autodesk > Autodesk Simulation Job Manager > Simulation Job Manager.

Alternatively, click the Simulation Job Manager icon in the Notification Area:

Installation Requirements

System 7Requirements

The system requirements for the individual components are the same as those for the corresponding desktop products:

Supported Operating Systems

Note: Microsoft Windows Vista, 32 bit and 64 bit are not officially supported.

Disk Requirements


Actual Disk Space Required

Windows 32 bit

Total = 8.0 GB

Windows 64 bit

Total = 8.7 GB

Thank You...

We thank all our customers who identify issues and report them to us. These reports give us the opportunity to improve the product and provide you with the best solution in simulation. We also thank you for your continued business and for the feedback regarding the content of this release.


Autodesk® Sim 360™ Pro and Autodesk® Sim 360™ Moldflow Product Team