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Add automatic marks

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

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Add automatic marks

Add automatic marks

You can set up automatic marks for building objects (parts, neighbor parts, bolts, surface treatmentbuilding object that represents finishing of a part

The term surface treatment is used in concrete detailing. For concrete parts surface treatment includes surface mixes, tiles, and flat finishes, such as troweling and sandblasting.

The term surface finish is used in steel detailing. For steel parts surface finishes include fire-proofing and unpainted areas.

, connections, reinforcement, and neighbor reinforcement) and save the mark properties in a property fileobject type specific file that contains values of properties or settings used in the property pane or a dialog box

Property files are saved in the current model folder. The user can create and modify property files and copy them to the project or firm folders for future use.

User-defined attributes related to a specific object type are stored in a separate property file.

for later use.

You can do this the view properties dialog box of single-part, assembly, and cast unit drawings. For general arrangement drawings, automatic marks can be defined on drawing level.

  1. On the Drawings & reports tab, click Drawing properties and select the drawing type.
  2. Load drawing properties that are as close to the ones you need as possible.
  3. Single-part, assembly and cast unit drawings: Click View creation , select the view and the properties that you want to change, and click View properties.
  4. Click the mark type you want to modify, for example, Part mark.
  5. For some marks, you need to select from a list the object that you are defining the marks for.

    For example, for part marks, you can define part markmark that includes a set of selected property elements related to a part

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

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

    settings independently for main and secondary parts, and for sub-assemblyassembly in a nested assembly that is subordinate to a parent assembly

    main and secondary parts.

  6. Add elements in the mark by double-clicking the elements in the Available elements list.
  7. Modify the element appearance (frame and font).

    For length, height, spacing and diameter elements, you can adjust also the unit and format.

  8. Use the Move up and Move down buttons to place the elements in the order you want.
  9. Modify the appearance, placement and visibility settings on the Content and General tabs.
  10. Depending on the drawing type, do one of the following:

    Single-part, assembly and cast unit drawings:

    1. Save the view properties by entering a properties file name in the box at the top and click Save.
    2. Click Close to return to the drawing properties.

    General arrangement drawings:

    • Click OK in the subdialog to save the changes, close the subdialog and return to the drawing properties.
  11. Click Save to save the drawing properties, then click OK and create the drawing.


This is an example of a part mark.

  1. Assembly positionposition number that is assigned to an assembly or a cast unit

  2. Size
  3. Mark frame
  4. Profile
  5. Mark element frame
  6. Length

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