Change plate orientation in drawings

Last updated September 24, 2020 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2017

Change plate orientation in drawings

Change plate orientation in drawings

Plates created with the Contour plate command are automatically oriented in drawings. The longest side of the 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.

always faces downwards in the drawing. You can affect this orientation.

Example

Description

Contour plate in the model view.

  1. First creation point
  2. Second creation point

Single-part drawing of the contour plate.

Instead of using automatic plate orientation, you can set the plate main axis to follow the line created by the first and second points you pick, regardless of the plate dimensions. This enables you to define the plate orientation in drawings or reports.

To define the 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.

orientation with first and second picked points:

  1. Create the contour plate.

    The first and second points you pick also define the plate’s main axis.

  2. Double-click the plate to open the Contour plate properties dialog box.
  3. Click User-defined attributes , and click the Orientation tab.

  4. Select From 1st to 2nd creation point in the Main axis direction list.
  5. Click Modify , and close the dialog box.
  6. Click Drawings & reports > Numbering > Number modified objects to update numberingprocess of assigning position numbers to parts, cast units, assemblies, or reinforcement

    In Tekla Structures, the position numbers assigned in the numbering are shown in marks and templates, for example.

    .
  7. To view the orientation of the plate, create a single-part drawingdrawing that shows fabrication information for one part and that is generally used at the workshop

    of the plate.

Example

Description

Contour plate in the model view.

  1. First creation point
  2. Second creation point

Single-part drawing of the plate. The user-defined attribute Main axis direction is set to From 1st to 2nd creation point.

Note:

You can also affect the orientation of the plates using the advanced optionssettings used to customize Tekla Structures for specific companies, standards, users, or user groups

In Tekla Structures, advanced options are settings that are used, for example, in a specific project or geographical area, or by a specific company.

In Tekla Structures, advanced options usually begin with the initials XS and are followed by the name of the function, for example XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR.

XS_POLYGON_SQUARE_CORNER_PREFERENCE_FACTOR and XS_POLYGON_PERPENDICULAR_EDGE_PREFERENCE_FACTOR.

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