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Intergraph Smart 3D Molded Forms

Intergraph Smart 3D
11 (2016)

 Places an opening in a plate system created in the Molded Forms task. An opening is a cutout in a plate system that is part of the high-level design. You can specify the shape of the opening by:

  • Sketching it in the Sketch 2D environment. This method provides the most flexibility for creating a small number of openings or for sketching unusual opening shapes. The openings can be dimensionally constrained to other objects in the model.

  • Selecting a predefined advanced opening macro from the catalog and placing it directly in the 3D model. The opening is defined by a set of supports. This methods provides the most speed when placing large numbers of openings that share similar constraints.

Opening Properties

When you place an opening, you can define opening properties to better reflect the more granular details of the purpose of the opening or hole, when it is cut, and how it is produced. These properties are grouped into the following categories:

Opening Design Type Properties

Represent the functional purpose of the opening or hole. The design property reflects why the opening exists in the model. Typical design properties include:

  • Permanent Access

  • Temporary Access

  • Lightening (Weight Reduction)

  • Air Escape

  • Liquid Escape

  • Air/Liquid Escape

  • Foothold

  • Martyr

Opening Planning Method Properties

Represent the staging of the opening or hole. The planning property denotes the point in the design and production lifecycle when the cut is physically made. Typical planning properties include:

  • Design

  • Shop (Assembly)

  • Field (Ship)

Opening Production Method Properties

Represent the production method of the opening or hole. The planning property denotes whether the cut is truly cut from the system or part, whether it is marked, bridged, and so forth. Typical production properties include:

  • Cut (Default)

  • Mark

  • Bridge

  • Chill Hole Patch

  • You can place multiple openings at one time on a plate system or copy openings from one plate system to another. For more information, see Model Bulkheads with Multiple Openings.

  • Minimum height or distances are maintained by the software for objects that use Sketch 2D, such as sketched openings. For more information, see Minimum Distance.

  • When you create or edit an opening, the dialog box title displays the plate system name using the format [Plate System: <name of the plate system>].

  • Openings created in the Molded Forms task appear in conceptual drawings such as classification scantlings, whereas cutouts and holes created in the Hole Management and Structural Detailing tasks do not appear in the conceptual drawings. The difference between an opening and a hole is an important distinction primarily for the Drawings and Reports task.

Openings Ribbon

Opening Palette Dialog

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