Sandeep Medikonda
Ansys Employee

Tim and Peter,

Nearly every button/functionality we use in Mechanical is based off on APDL commands. So whenever we hit Solve we are essentially writing an ASCII file with all the APDL commands. Sometimes, not all commands are mapped as features in Mechanical and hence warrants the use of APDL commands. 

This video by one of our Channel partners might be helpful to you:


For detailed learning, please refer to the command reference and the verification guide for a wide range of examples.

Hope this helps!