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Align objects using a snap grid

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

Software version: 
2016i

Align objects using a snap grid

Align objects using a snap grid

A snap gridarea covered with regularly spaced snap points

makes it easier to align objects in a model or drawing, because it allows you to snap to positions only at set intervals. Use a snap 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.

when you pick points using the Snap to any position snap switchswitch used for controlling what kind of points Tekla Structures snaps to

The user needs to activate snap switches to be able to pick different points, for example, line ends and intersections.

Snap switches help the user to pick points in order to position model objects precisely without having to know the coordinates or create additional lines or points.

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Define a snap grid in a model

  1. On the File menu, click Settings > Options and go to the Mouse settings.
  2. Define the grid spacing intervals in the Spacing boxes.

    For example, if the spacing of the x coordinate is 500, you are able to snap to positions at intervals of 500 units in the x direction.

  3. If needed, define offsets for the snap grid origin in the Origin boxes.
  4. To activate the snap grid, select the Activate snap grid when free snap is on check box.
Now when you pick points using the Snap to any position snap switch, you can only snap to positions at set intervals. The snap grid itself is invisible in the model.

Define a snap grid in a drawing

You can easily align dimensions, mark and associative notes using a snap grid.

  1. Open a drawing.
  2. On the File menu, click Settings > Snap settings to open the Snap dialog box.
  3. If you want to see the snap grid symbol, select Symbol.
  4. Define the grid spacing intervals in the Spacing boxes.

    For example, if the spacing of the x coordinate is 200, you are able to snap to positions at intervals of 200 units in the x direction.

  5. If needed, define offsets for the snap grid origin in the Origin boxes.
  6. Click Apply and OK.
Now when you pick points using the Snap to any position snap switch, you can only snap to positions at set intervals. The snap grid itself is invisible in the drawing.

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