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Who told you that your problems couldn't be solved with CW06?
I doubt that beams would be appropriate for your application due to the interactions of the wires in the grid. If you send me or post an image of a typical problem, I can confirm. Historically, grate, grid, mesh, and other problems are difficult but this isn't a limitation of COSMOSWorks, it is a limitation of the technology. Results from a beam mesh of a grid, especially if all the intersections are joined, will look deceptively appealing but the beam element can't capture the local behaviors.
Shoot me an image or a typical part and I'll suggest some practical solutions for you.
Nice avatar BTW
I suppose I shouldn't say that I was told there was no way to get the results from Cosmos, but more precisely that noone I had approached at the time knew a way to test the grid. Technically this is not evidence of no no capability, I admit it.
When I took the Cosmos Designer course the reps similarly had no clear (read: sucessful) method for testing the grid assy. Single parts yes, assemblies yes, a wire mesh grid no. It seemed the problem IIRC was that there was a problem with the round wire perpindicular intersections and seeing them as something as other than an infinitely small point.
I welcome any assistance I can get on this. Our most common product is actually the same depth, but is 46" wide. I thought a smaller assembly to practice on would be easier. We typically don't have a large number of components (the nature of a grid), but it does vary somewhat.
In a perfect world we would like to be able to develop something that we input the poundage we want to support with FOS, then an automated program "draws" it for us. I myself would be happy with being able to at least generate a matrix table for sales to reference capacities.
I am still getting a full SW crash to desktop every time I select the CW tab in the feature tree.
Any other ideas?