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Easy to use
Easy to use graphical user interface. The model can be easily viewed from different sides. Get used to the program quickly.
Equilibrium only
Just set the member forces in statical indeterminate models. You don't have to assign any member stiffness.
Failure mechanisms
Failure mechanisms are detected and drawn. That way it is easy to find missing members in the model or to prove that a system is kinematic and contradicts equilibrium.
No unnecessary bearings or members
No unnecessary bearings or members are required. Fachwerk3D allows instable (kinematic) models, as long as equilibrium is fulfilled. This feature is espetially useful for spatial models.

More features

dxf, bgd, csv
Display 3D-line drawings in the background. If no CAD system is available, use the very simple text based bgd format. Example file. In order to speed up entering the model, Fachwerk3D allows to snap to the background drawing. Therefore a "drawing" can just be a list of points saved in a spreadsheet csv file.

Print the current view.

Documentation of the model (node coordinates, members, forces, etc.) can be printed easily. The data can also be exported into a spreadsheet //csv/ file.

Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Unix
Runs on every platform which runs Java

Free, open source software. Fachwerk3D is subject to the free licence GPL. The math library used is subject to this licence.

Eurocode, SIA, DIN, OeNorm, BS, ACI, AASHTO, etc.
Norm independant. Nevertheless the use of SI (metric) units is assumed.

Fachwerk3D has been translated to English, German and French.