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Create views

Added August 31, 2016 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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2016i

Create views

Create views

You can create views of parts, components, and the entire model.

Create a basic view of the model

You can create a basic viewmodel view whose view plane is defined by two axes of the global coordinate system and the distance from the global origin along the third axis

along two coordinate axes. Use this view for the overall viewing of the model.

  1. On the View tab, clickNew view > Basic view.
  2. Select a view planeplane in a space that defines the view

    In Tekla Structures, the grids are projected onto the view plane and the grid lines can be visible on it.

    View depth is defined starting from the view plane.

    from the Plane list.
  3. In the Coordinate box, enter the view level.

    This value defines the distance from the global origin.

  4. Click Create.

Create a view using two points

You can create a view using two points you pick: the origin and a point in the horizontal direction.

  1. On the View tab, click New view > Using two points .
  2. Pick a point to indicate the origin of the view plane.
  3. Pick a second point to indicate the direction of the x axis.

    The y axis is perpendicular to the view plane on which you picked the first point.

Create a view using three points

You can create a view using three points you pick: the origin, a point in the horizontal direction, and a point in the vertical direction.

  1. On the View tab, click New view > Using three points .
  2. Pick a point to indicate the origin of the view plane.
  3. Pick a second point to indicate the direction of the x axis.
  4. Pick a third point to indicate the direction of the y axis.

Create a view of the work plane

You can create a view of the work planeplane that the user has chosen in a model and that is currently active for working on in a model view

Newly created, copied, or moved model objects comply with the work plane. For example, shifting the work plane to follow a sloped plane makes it easier to model sloped structures.

using the current view properties.

On the View tab, click New view > On work plane .

Create grid views

You can create views along the gridmodeling aid that represents a three-dimensional complex of horizontal and vertical planes

In Tekla Structures, grids are used as an aid in locating objects in a model. The grid is shown on the view plane by dash-and-dot lines. It is also possible to show grids and grid line labels in drawings, and to modify grid properties in the drawings.

It is possible to have more than one grid in a model. For example, a large-scale grid for the entire structure, and smaller grids for some detailed sections.

lines you select.

Before you start, create a view that contains a grid, and check the grid properties. If the grid properties are incorrect in some way, Tekla Structures may cut the views at the wrong elevations or they may be named incorrectly. If you change the grid labels or the elevation or grids later on, the views will not be automatically renamed.

  1. Select the grid.
  2. On the View tab, click New view > Along grid lines .
  3. Modify the grid viewview that is created along a specified grid line of a selected grid and whose view plane is the same as the specified grid plane

    properties if needed.

    1. In the Number of views list, select how many views you want to create.
    2. In the View name prefix box, enter a prefix.
    3. In the View properties list, define which view properties (applied or saved) you want to use.
  4. Click Create.

    The Views dialog box opens.

  5. Click the arrow buttons to move views from the Named views list to the Visible views list.

    The views will not be visible until you move them to the Visible views list.

Example

In this example, we will create vertical views of the grid lines 1–7 on the following model:

In the Creation of Views Along Grid Lines dialog box, we select All for the view plane XZ and None for the view planes XY and ZY. We use the default settings for the view namename of an individual view

prefix and the view properties.

After creating the grid views, we move the view named Grid 2 to the Visible views list:

The grid view is displayed as a plane viewview that displays objects two-dimensionally

in a new window:

We can rotate the view to see it in 3D:

Create a view on a part plane

You can create a view on the front, top, back, or bottom plane of a part.

  1. On the View tab, clickNew view and select one of the following:
    • On part front plane

    • On part top plane

    • On part back plane

    • On part bottom plane

  2. Select the part.

Create a 3D view of a part

When you need to see a specific part clearly, create a 3D viewview that displays objects three-dimensionally

3D view is one of the default views.

of the part. The part is placed in the center of the view.

  1. On the View tab, click New view > 3D view of part .
  2. Select the part.

    Tekla Structures creates the view. The view plane y axis is the global z axis of the model. The x axis is the projection of the part's local x axis onto the global xy plane.

Create default part views

You can create four basic views of a part: front, top, end and perspectiveview projection that displays objects in a model view from a particular standpoint so that distant objects appear smaller than close ones, as do text and points

The user can zoom, rotate, pan, or fly through the model objects.

view. Tekla Structures creates these views all at once with the same command. By default, the perspective view is a 3D view, and the front, top, and end views are plane views.

  1. On the View tab, click New view > Default views of part .
  2. Select the part.

    Tekla Structures creates the four default views all at once.

Create an undeformed part view

You can create a view that shows a deformed part in undeformed form. This only works for beams and columns.

  1. On the View tab, click New view > Undeformed view of part .
  2. Select the part.

    For example, select a warped beam. Tekla Structures displays the beam in a separate view in undeformed form.

Create a 3D view of a component

When you need to see a specific component clearly, create a 3D view of the component. The component is placed in the center of the view.

  1. On the View tab, click New view > 3D view of component .
  2. Select the component.

    Tekla Structures creates the view. The view plane y axis is the global z axis of the model. The x axis is the projection of the first secondary part(1) part that exists in a building object and that is connected to the main part

    (1) Secondary part can be an assembly secondary part or a cast unit secondary part.

    (2) input part that the user selects after selecting the component main part when creating a component

    (2) A component can have none, one or more component secondary parts.

    local x axis onto the global xy plane. Work areacertain portion of the model that is currently active for working on in a view

    Tekla Structures indicates the work area using dashed lines. Since objects outside the work area exist but are not visible the user can set a certain sized work area so that the views of the model are simpler and quickly updated, for example.

    depth is 1 m in all directions.

Create default component views

You can create four basic views of a component: front, top, end and perspective view. Tekla Structures creates these views all at once with the same command. By default, the perspective view is a 3D view, and the front, top, and end views are plane views.

  1. On the View tab, click New view > Default views of component .
  2. Select the component.

    Tekla Structures creates the four default views all at once.

Create a surface view

Use the CreateSurfaceView macrosaved series of actions that includes instructions for a program

Macros are located in the applications and components catalog. They are recorded or created manually and stored as .cs file in a folder defined with the advanced option XS_MACRO_DIRECTORY.

Macros can, for example, be used for creating drawings or reports.

Macros are sometimes used to run an application.

to create an automatically aligned surface view. This can be useful when modeling bolt groups, stiffenercomponent object that represents a structure that strengthens a steel beam or column

Stiffeners are usually plates.

Stiffeners are used to prevent web buckling at supports or concentrated loads.

plates, and holesmall hollow open throughout a part or assembly that is usually used for fastening parts with bolts or other such objects

Hole is created in the same way as bolts and hole properties are defined in the bolt properties.

penetrations on complex geometry.

  1. Click the Applications & components button in the side pane to open the Applications & components cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

    For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.

    .

  2. Click the arrow next to Applications to open the applications list.
  3. Double-click CreateSurfaceView to start the macro.
  4. Select the surface of the part.

    Tekla Structures creates a new temporary view and moves the work plane typically along the longest edge of the part face. You can model in the surface view and see your modeling work being done in your original 3D view at the same time.

  5. Press Esc to stop the macro.
  6. To return the work plane back to the origin:
    1. Repeat steps 1–2 to open the Applications list.
    2. Double-click the WorkPlaneGlobal macro.

Create a surface view along selected edge

Use the CreateSurfaceView_wEdge macro to create a surface view and align the work plane along the edge you select. This can be useful when modeling bolt groups, stiffener plates, and hole penetrations on complex geometry.

  1. Ensure that theSnap to geometry lines/points selection switchswitch used for controlling which object types can be selected

    is active.

    This allows you to pick along an edge to define the direction.

  2. Click the Applications & components button in the side pane to open the Applications & components catalog.
  3. Click the arrow next to Applications to open the applications list.
  4. Double-click CreateSurfaceView_wEdge to start the macro.
  5. Select the surface of the part.

    When you hover the mouse pointer over the part edges, a yellow arrow symbol is displayed to indicate the possible edges you can align the view to. The head of the arrow represents the positive direction of the x axis. The view will be rotated in this direction to form the flat horizontal edge of the view. The origin of the view and work plane will be at the start of the arrow snap line.

  6. Pick the desired edge.

    Tekla Structures creates a new temporary view, and the selected edge forms the x axis of the view. You can model in the surface view and see your modeling work being done in your original 3D view at the same time.

  7. Press Esc to stop the macro.
  8. To return the work plane back to the origin:
    1. Repeat steps 2–3 to open the Applications list.
    2. Double-click the WorkPlaneGlobal macro.

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