There has been a huge improvement in the speed of IDEA Connection, since we managed to optimize the solver, to make calculations of joints/connections up to 10 times times faster!! Below is a table that shows the comparison in some results:
See also the video below that shows the analysis of the same connection in real time, between the last and the previous version:
We have developed a new method for cutting members, that allows the user to cut any type of member and combination of members. One example of this is the cutting of a rectangular section from a tubular section.
We have integrated the possibility to deactivate the tension/shear interaction check of bolts, as many of our users has requested.
We have developed a new Robot Structural add-in, to enable a direct link between Robot and IDEA Connection. As with other links to CAE software, the user is able to import the complete geometry of the connection and the loads applied to the node, with a few clicks. Later he can define all the manufacturing operations inside IDEA Connection, and perform the analysis.
We have improved the plate editor and have introduced the possibility of the position of the hole on the plate edge.
At the same time we have added graphical representation of the connected member to the plate into the outputs in the Report.
We have improved significantly the current manufacturing operation Work plane, by creating a graphical representation of the plane in the 3D view, making it very for the user to define the plane’s position in the model.
We have improved the method of effective area determination and also its graphical representation. The Calculated effective area is now marked as green. The Final effective area for contact stress check is highlighted as shaded.
We have also improved the Widener manufacturing operation. Now it is possible to use that for modeling of large haunches.
We are continuously improving the link with TEKLA STRUCTURES, and the link now works for a wide variety of connections/joints. However, please take into account some yet unsupported functionalities and the workarounds that can be used:
We are continuously improving the link with Autodesk Advanced Steel, and the link now works for a wide variety of connections/joints. However, please take into account yet unsupported functionality and its workarounds: