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Old April 18 2013, 12:54 PM   #5
Re: Enterprise D hull question

The hull thickness is a given at 1 foot.

However, the hull inside (substrate) is attached to a secondary frame, which is then attached to the primary frame via 2" flexible rods. Then, the outer hull layers are attached to the primary frame.

That means, you have the hull thickness, the thickness of the secondary frame (undefined), the length of the connecting rods, and at least *some* of the depth of the primary frame in the total thickness. You might be able to nest the secondary frame entirely within the major members of the primary frame, but doing some rough guesstimates on member thickness, I can't see how you'd get away with less than 4 feet, though maybe there's a way to get it to 3...

Point being,the cross-section areas spec'd for the primary frame's members are huge. On the order of parking deck reinforced concrete beams. Your looking at beams 3-5 feet deep to accommodate those areas, IMO.(see pages 18 & 19 of the manual for space frame specs).

Anyway, I'm not just randomly nitpicking stuff, here. I was playing around with Blender, and took on Enterprise D as a fun little architectural project... Thought maybe I could build it with the bones...
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