In general, a finite element solution may be broken into the following three stages. 1. Preprocessing: defining the problem; - Define keypoints/lines/areas/volumes - Define element type and material/geometric properties - Mesh lines/areas/volumes as required 2. Solution: assigning loads, constraints and solving; 3. Postprocessing: - Lists of nodal displacements - Element forces and moments - Deflection plots - Stress contour diagrams In this tutorial we will go through second and third step.