Dr. Frame 3D is a
new structural modeling and analysis tool that lets users
manipulate components, such as loads, supports and members,
while the structure updates on screen. Numeric results and
visual deflections are delivered instantly. Alternatives can
be explored by entering values or by grabbing objects and
sliding them around.
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"We were having difficulty
convincing an architect of the need for a knee brace,"
says Angelo Mattacchione, an early customer and president
of Prosum En- gineering Ltd., Toronto. "I took the model
over on the laptop and removed the knee brace and it immediately
deflected. The architect said Oh, and that was
The program is fast and powerful,
says Mattacchione. "You have to understand how a structure
behaves before you go around to design it," he says,
adding that the model makes it easier to spot errors when
responses dont develop as expected. "We see a lot
of programs, and we see this as the next generation of structural
The program has standard steel
beam sections, but users can also choose custom sections and
properties. "Weve done timber, concrete and and
steel," says Mattacchione.
Developer is Dr. Software LLC,
Seattle, Wash., a six-year-old company with roots in educational
software. Dr. Frame 3D V 1.0 is out for Macintosh and Windows
and is available at www.drsoftware-home.com. The professional
edition costs $599; an educational version $99.