Tasos Zacharakis
Ansys Employee

Hello Kevin,

Regarding your first question, please search for shell elements and Design Modeler on Youtube. You will find very similar examples to your case.

Regarding your second question, there is a detailed video regarding shell elements in Analyzing Thin Structures Efficiently - Lesson 2 - ANSYS Innovation Courses, in which the example is demonstrated on Spaceclaim. Make sure to download the accompanied geometry and archived files for a better learning experience.

These will provide you all the tools that you need.

Thank you,