v17.1. Thank you for your help so far. I'm more familiar with Workbench than Classic. The generated .db was written as an FE/IGES .cdb in Classic, imported into External Model, and plugged into Static Structural's Model.
A part of the project will be generating a tensegrity structure out of trusses, manually creating the nodal coordinates and truss connections is the easiest method so far. This is based on created tensegrity structures within another program I won't mention because that's frowned upon. The coordinates of each nodal position is known, but manually creating the nodal positions in a Ansys .dat or .cbd is proving very difficult.
Without meaning to make this a lengthy post (too late). The imported geometry/mesh from the other program is successful. However in Ansys, connecting trusses don't share a node as in the other program. Instead, each truss has an independent node with the same coordinate (i.e. 2 nodes for identical coordinate). These points cannot be connected in Model using connections.
I can see 2 options. Make the structure in Ansys or somehow fix the imported geometry. Do you have suggestions for this task? I can attach example files if needed.