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Create user-defined cross sections for welds

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

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Create user-defined cross sections for welds

Create user-defined cross sections for welds

You can define special cross sections for model welds. This is useful when you need weld cross sections that are not predefined in Tekla Structures.

For example, you can create bevel backing welds:

To find the welds in the model that have a user-defined cross sectiongeometrical form of a part sectioned perpendicular to its axis

, set Category to Weld and Property to User-defined cross section in the selection or view filterfilter used for defining which objects are displayed in a model view or drawing view

View filter chooses objects according to object properties. The user can filter objects according to their profile or material, for example.

, or in the color and transparency settings.

Define a user-defined cross section for a weld

  1. Select the weld you want to modify.
  2. Right-click and select Define Cross Section.
  3. In the weld cross section editor view:
    1. Pick points to indicate the weld cross section corners.
    2. Click the middle mouse button to finish picking.

Remove a user-defined cross section from a weld

You can remove user-defined cross sections from model welds and revert to the previous standard cross sections.

  1. Select a weld that has a user-defined cross section.
  2. Right-click and select Remove Cross Section.

    Tekla Structures removes the user-defined cross section and uses the previous standard cross section and properties for the weld.


  • User-defined weld cross sections are reported using only the above-line properties.

  • User-defined weld cross sections do not create automatic weld preparationcut that is made on the part edge in order to enable a more complete weld penetration which provides a stronger joint


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