Tensile Structures Design Software

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K3-Tent Software Operating Principle

The K3-Tent Suite provides the ability to draw up architecture, construction, and manufacturing documents required to make tent structures of any complexity. K3-Tent software simulates the shape of a "soap film" surface for a specific frame. K3-Tent software simulates a soap film surface shape for a specific frame when retrieving it from the soap solution. The frame may be composed of rigid or stretchable (rubber) ribs.

  • The designer creates a frame consisting of straight sections and arcs.
  • The designer sets the frame rib boundary conditions (loose, hold fixed, fixed length, etc.).
  • The designer specifies if a facet should or should not be used in creating a surface.
  • The software automatically calculates the shape of the envelope.
  • The designer checks the correctness of the shape by using an isoline plotting tool and a heat normal map.
  • The designer marks cutting lines on the envelope.
  • The software automatically cuts the envelope into pieces and unfolds the pieces.
  • The software can be used to export unfolded pieces to .dxf format.
Designing tent structures with the K3-Tent Software consists of three stages
System requirements

Recommended system requirements:

  • Processor 3-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo;

  • Computer memory 2 GB;

  • Graphics card NVIDIA Geforce 8600 with 512 Mb memory or more;

  • Monitor diagonal 20" and more. Screen resolution 1600х1200;

  • CD ROM, two-button mouse with a scrolling wheel;

  • Free 300 Mb of hard disk space;

  • Supported operating systems Windows 2000, Windows XP.

Minimum system requirements:

  • Processor 800 MHz Intel Pentium III;

  • Computer memory 128 Mb;

  • Graphics adapter SVGA with 64 Mb of memory;;

  • CD-ROM;

  • Free 300 Mb of hard disk space;

  • Standard mouse;

  • Supported operating systems Windows 2000, Windows XP.

Step by step instruction

The design process with K3-Tent system can be conventionally subdivided into 6 steps:

1

Creation of the Frame object on the basis of set of spatial straight lines and circle arcs which defines links and tent constrains.

2

Definition of boundary conditions for the Frame edges and nodes.

3

Creation the surface of the tent by the system automatically.

4

Tracing cutting lines on the surface of cloth. The system cuts the tent surface to patches automatically.

5

Development patches pattern by the system automatically.

6

Fabric patterning, cutting, welding and tent surface assemblage.

Components of the K3-Tent Software Suite

The K3-Tent software suite has a modular structure enabling the individual compilation of each work place depending on its purpose. The K3-Tent software suite includes the following components: