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How is a contour converted into a planar element?

  • Software:

    Advance Design
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    All
  • Question:

    How is a contour converted into a planar element?
  • Type:

    Modeling
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Answer

In Advance Design it is possible to convert a closed shape contour into a planar element.
Create a contour using the Advance Design CAD functions (arc, circle, fillet, polyline, etc.), and then access the convert to planar elements function.

1. First, create a closed shape:

How is a contour converted into a planar element

2. Select the contour and activate the converting function (Modify / CAD / Convert lines to / planar elements menu, or click the corresponding icon on the CAD Modifications toolbar):

How is a contour converted into a planar element

3. The planar element is generated:

How is a contour converted into a planar element

4. The meshing can be automatically generated.

How is a contour converted into a planar element

Next apply the same function on a circular slab. In Effel Structure, a linear element (representing the radius) is extruded in the plane => this function is also available in Advance Design:
1. Create the linear element:

How is a contour converted into a planar element

2. Access the "Extrude" function (from the CAD Modifications toolbar or from the Modify / CAD / Extrude menu).

How is a contour converted into a planar element

3. Apply the extrusion and the planar element is generated. The meshing can be automatically generated.

How is a contour converted into a planar element     How is a contour converted into a planar element

The downside of this method is that the mesh must be manually edited at the center of the circle to avoid the meshes in "points".
Advance Design allows converting the geometric object "circle" to a structure element.

How is a contour converted into a planar element

A circle is defined by its center and radius and the number of sides. After creating a circle it is possible to apply the previous function and convert the circle to a structure element:

How is a contour converted into a planar element
How is a contour converted into a planar element

The benefit of this function is that the meshing is obtained immediately, without the "points" effect that the super-element has.