I ran this fea with .25N force on a flat piece of 12 gage steel that is maybe 1/2 inch wide by 7 inches... and it's displaying a huge amount (roughly 1/2") of deformation. My question is that the "Deformation scale:" is 43851.1 Does this mean that the 1/2" of deformation showing is actually 1/2" divided by 43851? =.0000114022...

the scale only refers to the graphics - the numbers are what it calculated. as with any analysis tool, any errors or incorect assumptions put in the begining propagate to the end. if the answer doesn't seem right, double check the inputs.

Jeremy