AL, L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, L6, L7, L8, L9, L10
Generates an area bounded by previously defined lines.

Compatible Products: – | Pro | Premium | Enterprise | Ent PP | Ent Solver | DYNA

L1, L2, L3, . . . , L10

List of lines defining area. The minimum number of lines is 3. The positive normal of the area is controlled by the direction of L1 using the right-hand rule. A negative value of L1 reverses the normal direction. If L1 = ALL, use all selected lines with L2 defining the normal (L3 to L10 are ignored and L2 defaults to the lowest numbered selected line). If L1 = P, graphical picking is enabled and all remaining arguments are ignored (valid only in the GUI). A component name may also be substituted for L1.


Lines may be input (once each) in any order and must form a simply connected closed curve. If the area is defined with more than four lines, the lines must also lie in the same plane or on a constant coordinate value in the active coordinate system (such as a plane or a cylinder).

Note:  Solid modeling in a toroidal coordinate system is not recommended. Areas may be redefined only if not yet attached to a volume.

This command is valid in any processor.

Menu Paths

Main Menu>Preprocessor>Modeling>Create>Areas>Arbitrary>By Lines

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