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Intergraph Smart 3D Molded Forms

Intergraph Smart 3D
12.1 (2019)


Opens the Advanced Plate System Properties dialog box to view and modify the properties of the advanced plate system. The software defines the default properties from the selected structural specification and the advanced plate system rules. For more information, see Advanced Plate System Properties Dialog Box.

Macro Definition

Specifies the advanced plate system macro to use. The macro that you select determines the inputs that the software requires. Select one of the following:

  • Advanced plate system macros on the selected tab of the Advanced Plate Palette dialog box. The current macro is the default value.

  • Recently selected macros.

  • Construction - Creates a custom advanced plate system by using a basic geometric construction macro. For more information, see Geometric Constructions.

  • APS Icon Browser - Displays the Advanced Plate Palette Dialog Box.

  • More - Displays a list of all available advanced plate system macros. For more information, see Select Macro Dialog Box.


Specifies the members that support the ring plate. These members can be rolled or built-up members. Their physical axes must be coplanar and connected at the end points. Select the first two members in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. The first member that you select defines the X-axis for the ring plate. If you select a second member, that member defines the Y-axis for the ring plate. If there is only a single incoming member, then the macro computes the Y-axis based on the supporting member and the perpendicular member.


Specifies the tubular member that penetrates the ring plate. This member can be a rolled or built-up member. It must be orthogonal to the plane described by the members selected in step 1, and it must pass through the node.

(Optional) Specifies secondary members that are attached to the face of the side plate.

Color Coding

For a new advanced plate system, you can identify the status of input items by the background color of the step:

  • - No background color when no input is selected.

  • - Yellow background when an input is newly selected.

  • - Yellow background when you change a parameter from the default value.

  • - Blue background when you previously selected an input.

Selected inputs appear highlighted in pink in the Workspace Explorer and as pink dotted lines in the graphic view:


Clears the selection for the current step.


Accepts the selection for the current step.


Completes the advanced plate system definition, shows a preview of the system, and returns to the Advanced Plate System ribbon. For more information, see Advanced Plate System.

To change the advanced plate system definition, click Select Supports on the Advanced Plate System ribbon.

1 - Weld toe

2 - Fillet

3 - Cutback

4 - Offset

Weld Toe

Specifies the offset distance between the edges of the members and the ring plate free edges.


Specifies the offset between the extracted cylinder and the outer circle of the ring plate free edges.


Specifies the radius of the fillet between the offset radius and the cutback length of the ring plate free edge.


Specifies the distance to cut back the incoming members from the fillet.


Specifies the distance to extend the trimming planes. If the macro does not properly extend the trimming planes through all of the member cross-section, you can increase this value.


Specifies the location of the ring plate. Select Front or Back.

Is Cut By Tube

Specifies whether a connection is created between the tubular member or the ring plate. Select True for a connection. Select False for no connection.