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Corner plates

It is common to have a plates (usually galvanized steel or stainless steel) in the corners of the perimeter of the textile membranes, . See the blog post: Corner plates. The function of this plate is twofold: On one hand it reinforces an area of the membrane that the membrane tissue cannot support the concentrated loads. It also serves to collect pocket cables (or load belts), lacing type cable which in turn …Read More

Draw patterns

Once the creation of patterns is completed (or at any time, if have at least one pattern created) we can go to the screen where we will see and modify patterns in two dimensions. For that purpose, we can use the menu Patterns |Draw patterns or the button   if we are in the state of Patterning. With this action, we get the drawing window of patterns. By default it occupies the whole screen. …Read More


(Version >= 3.98) We have already mentioned that the process the Mesh menu is the same as the modeling method, i.e. modifying the form of a deformable membrane, like with a Lycra membrane as shown in the picture. We assume that we have a very large piece of lycra. According to the model that we try to construct, we cut this piece of Lycra with a certain perimeter. This is precisely what we do …Read More

Menu: Nodes

This is the principal menu to edit nodes. It is important to remember that a node is a point in space, therefore something intangible. Now, most of the other objects: bars, tubes, elements, cables, etc. depend on directly or indirectly to nodes, therefore creating, editing, or removing them directly affects the others.   Add a new node Selecting this menu brings up the edit window of nodes (which we will discuss below). We see the number …Read More

Menu: File

The File menu is a typical menu of all programs with some particularity of WinTess3. It consists of the following submenus:             Open It serves to open a file previously saved with the program WinTess3 (.tes). The file is saved with the state that the program was in: Form finding, analysis or patterning. If there is a structure on the screen which has not been saved, WinTess3 …Read More

WinTess3 and the DXF files

The DXF (Drawing Exchange Format) are for exchanging files in CAD drawings. It is a format created by Autodesk in order to import and export drawings created with AutoCad from / to other programs. Without being the only interchange format, it is the most known and used, and consequently WinTess3 is it using to interact with other CAD programs. However, the use of this exchange format can generate certain errors …Read More