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Can I also apply the "From Area Load on Members via Plane" load generator to members that do not lie in one plane?

Answer

The load generator "Convert Area Loads to Member Loads from Plane" is only intended for members in a plane and thus works best. For structures where the members do not lie in one plane but individual areas, the function "From Area Load on Members via Cells" may be the better choice: Thus, closed cells can also be created from three members with the help of null members, which can then be stressed.

Otherwise, the tolerance settings would still be an option. They allow you to also define members outside a plane. You can define the details as shown in Figure 01.

Figure 01 - Details for Generated Loads

You can find more information about the load generators in chapter 11.8.2 of the manual.

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