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Intergraph Smart 3D Molded Forms

Intergraph Smart 3D
10.1 (2014 R1)

The Molded Forms task provides different groups of commands to create and represent single or multiple surfaces for plate systems. Also, you can represent and store imported surfaces. These commands start when you click the appropriate command icon on the vertical toolbar on the left side of the screen.

When you create any plate system, the first step is to use the Properties option to confirm the default attributes or define new values. Examples of attributes for a plate system include its name, category, molded conventions, its parent plate system, material properties, material thickness, tightness, and continuity.

The next step is defining the surface geometry of the plate system. You then define topological boundaries of the plate system by selecting objects in the three-dimensional workspace, selecting objects from the Workspace Explorer, or selecting objects from a list of potential bounding objects. For more information, see Plate System Boundaries.

  • When a plate system is created, a plate part is also created. Plate parts are detailed in the Structural Detailing task and then used to create manufacturing parts in the Structural Manufacturing task. Properties of the part can be modified. For more information, see Plate Part Properties Dialog Box.

  • Minimum height or distances are maintained by the software for objects that use Sketch 2D, such as plate systems with sketched boundaries and mother curves, and standalone plate parts with sketched boundaries. For more information, see Minimum Distance.

  • When you create or edit a plate system or a stand-alone plate part, the dialog box title displays the plate system name using the format [Plate System: <name of the plate system>], as shown below.

Select - Used to select objects in the model. For more information, see Selecting Objects.

Planar Plate System - Places a planar plate system. For more information, see Planar Plate System.

Imported Plate System - Imports an ACIS or IGES file into the model. The file is used to create a plate system, typically a complex, non-planar system such as a ship hull. For more information, see Imported Plate System.

Linear Extruded Plate System - Extrudes a plate system from a 2D curve normal to the sketching plane. For more information, see Linear Extruded Plate System.

Nonlinear Extruded Plate System - Extrudes a plate system from a 2D curve along a linear or nonlinear curve that you specify. For more information, see Nonlinear Extruded Plate System.

Revolved Plate System - Places a plate system by rotating a curve around an axis. For more information, see Revolved Plate System.

Bracket Plate System - Creates a bracket plate system oriented by a plane or by its supports. For more information, see Bracket Plate System.

Advanced Plate System - Creates specialized plate systems such as side plates, ring plates, transition plates, continuity plates, and buckling plates. For more information, see Advanced Plate System.

Child Plate System - Creates a plate system that is a child to and in the same plane as another plate system. For more information, see Child Plate System.

Ruled Plate System - Creates a plate system that is interpolated between two non-planar curves. For more information, see Ruled Plate System.