Modeling Containers by Generating a 3D Cell

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With the function "Generate Model - Members" → "3D Cell", it is very easy to generate containers (shipping containers, office containers, mobile homes, etc.) with regular and irregular distribution of the cells.

Figure 01 - Generate 3D Cell

Moreover, the grid spacings, in case of an irregular grid arrangement, and the openings can be configurated in another dialog box for each of the six container sides.

Figure 02 - Grid Spacings and Openings

If the side walls, which are usually made of trapezoidal sheet, should be taken into account during the calculation, it is the easiest way to consider them with an orthotropic surface with the orthotropy type Trapezoidal Sheet.

With the function "Generate Model - Surfaces" → "Surfaces from Cells", it is possible to close the single cells of the container quickly with a few mouse clicks with surfaces.

Figure 03 - Generate Surfaces from Cells

It is easy to model additional crane eyes by dividing the members into surfaces at the edge nodes and inserting openings. Moreover, user-defined corner points, which have been saved in the Block Manager, can be inserted quickly at the corresponding location.

Figure 04 - Modeling of Crane Eyes


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