Ways of Using DPF#

DPF is available as a standalone tool and as a tool in Ansys Mechanical. Each one uses a different language for scripting, so you should decide whether you want to use standalone DPF or DPF in Mechanical before creating any scripts.

Standalone DPF uses CPython and can be accessed via any Python console. Data can be exported to universal file formats (VTK, hdf5, txt files). Use it to generate TH-plots, screenshots, animations, and so on, or create custom results plots using numpy and matplotlib libraries.


DPF in Mechanical uses IronPython and is accessible via the ACT console. Use it to perform custom postprocessing and visualization of results directly within the Mechanical application.