1) There is no option for the Element orientation for the solid elements in any Implicit or Explicit simulation tools. it only supports the SHELL elements. n2) Tou can employ the simplified yet elegent way of defining the plys using the shell type elements and in fact you can control the material as well, the best way is to use the LSDYNA for fast way to solve, In addtion, the shell asre simplified way to accentuate the solid so always try to reduce the DOF by Geomentry and Element wise. n