I change global component contact from "no penetration" to "bonded". then it says I need to remesh to account for that. I remesh, I check again and it's back to "no penetration"... what is going on
Are they actually touching? Maybe if it can't find any contact it defaults to no penetration.
Can you reproduce the behavior in a separate, new test part?
I tried toggling the setting in a test part and did not have any problems.
Can you post the file to this forum so everybody can look at it?
The issue could be related to incompatible / compatible meshes, since no-pen contacts suffice with incompatible meshes and bonded contacts do better with compatible meshes.
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