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Tips for creating custom components

Last updated March 6, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2017

Tips for creating custom components

Tips for creating custom components

Follow these guidelines when creating new custom components.

  • Enter short, logical names for custom components.

    Use the description field to describe the component and to explain what it does.

  • Create simple components for specific situations.

    Simple components are easier and faster to model, and also much easier to use. Avoid creating a single, complex component which you will use for every possible purpose.

  • Consider creating a separate component model.

    Use that model when you create and test custom components.

  • Use the simplest part you can.

    For example, if all you need is a rectangular shape, use a rectangular plate(1) part that represents a flat structure

    (1) In some contexts, for example in analysis, the term plate object may be used to refer to plates.

    (2) plate that represents a steel structure

    (2) Plate is mainly used as a connection piece or as a floor plate.

    , not a contour platepart whose outline form the user defines by picking three or more points

    The user can define the shape of the contour plate parallel to the work plane. The profile in use defines the thickness. The corners of the contour plate can be chamfered.

    . Rectangular plates only have two handles, so you only need to create a few bindings to manipulate them. Contour plates require more bindings because they have four handles.

    1. Rectangular plate
    2. Contour plate
  • Model parts only as accurately as you need.

    If the only part information required is a part markmark that includes a set of selected property elements related to a part

    Part marks are made use of, for example, when identifying constructions, when giving information about welding, when giving information about assemblies to a workshop, when giving information about how parts should be connected to each other, and when creating bills of quantities.

    In the US, the term piece mark is used to refer to position number.

    in a general arrangement drawingdrawing that is created from one or more model views and that shows information needed to understand the general arrangement of structural elements on a project

    General arrangement drawings show how parts, assemblies, cast units, or pour objects are located in a building.

    , plus a quantity on a materials list, create a simple bar or plate. If you need to include the part in a detailed view later on, simply re-model the part more accurately at that point.

  • Model embeds as custom parts and include them in components.

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