Saintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1500 times:
Could anyone suggest a suitable package to simulate aircraft within a hangar?
What I wish to do is to get a vertual view of a hangar and position different aircraft within it. This is to get optimum use of the hangar and its facilities.
For example, If I put a large bodied aircraft in the hangar and jacked it up, I may find that the tail hits the roof supports. If I reposition the aircraft a few feet to one side it will then jack up with the tail between the supports.
By chosing the optimum location for the large aircraft, I can then fit smaller aircraft around it and make the most of the facilities etc etc.
Vikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10609 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1478 times:
Sounds like any basic 3D modeling program should suit your needs. Doesn't sound like you need anything overly complex.
Aircraft shapes can be difficult to simulate exactly - I wouldn't bother trying to duplicate the actual shape of the aircraft. Just have the basic geometric shape, and change the dimensions as needed for different aircraft.
We use Alibre at work, which is decent. It's pretty similar to SolidWorks, though probably not quite as powerful. They offer (I believe) a free version on their website (I think the free version is Alibre Express).
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17266 posts, RR: 67
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1475 times:
Sketchup (yes, silly name) is a pretty decent entry level CAD program. You can make models of the aircraft and move them about within your space. I recommend you do the tutorials. It's not too hard to become reasonably proficient in a few hours.