I do consider this a bug in calculix.bernd wrote:If the direction of an edge goes into z-direction and only if it goes in global z-direction an direction parameter in CalculiX has to be set. This because this direction parameter goes into z-direction and this parameter should not go in the same direction as the edge member. Just try an simple line mesh in global z-direction.
The description of the beam element in the Calculix documentation describes how the local directions of the beam are determined. It should be sufficient to set the 1-Direction in a *Beam Section card to another direction than the global z-axis.
The error only happens with B32-elements. B31-elements do work in global z-axis. See the example input-file.