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Hi everyone,

I have problem obtaining the TCL command of auto contact pair finding.

My model contains 6 components, I use the Abaqus contact manager to automatically find contact pairs for me.

Manually, I can successfully find contact pairs. Since I want to run this process automatically by TCL script, I do the process manually and check out the code added in the command.cmf file.

Unfortunately, the code are very long, approximately 50000 lines. Also, the code are about nodes' data and surface set, which is not I am looking for.

I am looking for the command that represents the buttons "auto", "components: all", "find", "create". I will show these buttons in the figures attached.

By the way, the file: raw.hm is my model. Again, my goal is to get the TCL code for finding contact pairs.

Please help me, thanks!







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looking for relevant code in scripts folder and find what you need:

#open contact manager

source [file join [hm_info -appinfo SPECIFIEDPATH hm_scripts_dir] abaqus Contact_wizard CW.tcl]

#open autocontact


#invoke selecting components>all

*createmark comps 1 all
set ::autocontact::CWautocontact1::newElems [hm_getmark comps 1]
::AbaqusCW::HighLight off
if {$::autocontact::CWautocontact::flag==1} {
     set ::autocontact::CWautocontact::flag 0
if {[llength $::autocontact::CWautocontact1::newElems]} {

# set proximity distance

set ::autocontact::CWautocontact1::proximity_entry 5.0

# invoke "Find" button



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Thanks a lot! It's really a great help to me.

I have one more question. How can I know which TCL file contains those command code.

There are a bunch of TCL files in scripts folder. Is there a way to find the command of  a button?

At the moment, I just manually search through every file that I think the command should be. It's kind of time consuming.


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There are some ways to find command bound to a tk button.

but you may make hm hanging. So go to scripts folder and parse tcl files is better way

I will not reveal them, it is safer for you ;)

once you become knowledgeable about tcl, you'll find it easily


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I have another question. How to invoke the  ''create " button.

I found the command of "create" button inside the autocontact_tab.tcl file.

The command is "::autocontact::CreateEntities $T", but it doesn't work.

the command window give me an error message  reads as follows: can't read "T": no such variable




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T is data tree, it's a tk widget.

try command:

::autocontact::CreateEntities .autocontactGui.outer_frame.results_tree

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