Add a component to a model

Last updated September 24, 2020 by Tekla User Assistance

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Add a component to a model

Add a component to a model

When you add a component to a model, you either attach the component to existing parts in the model, or pick positions to indicate the location or length of the component.

Connections and details have a main part(1) part that exists in a building object and that determines the position number for the assembly or cast unit and the direction of assembly or cast unit drawings

(1) Main part can be an assembly main part or a cast unit main part.

(2) input part that the user selects first when creating a component

(2) Connections and details always have a component main part.

that you select first. Connections also have one or more secondary parts that you select after you have selected the main part. Detailing components do not always have a main part and secondary parts. Instead, they automatically create and assemble the parts to build a structure when you pick a position in the model.

If you use a component you are unfamiliar with, use the default properties of the component. Then check what needs to be modified, and modify only few properties at a time to see how the modifications affect the component. This is quicker than trying to set all the component properties before seeing what the component actually creates.

Tekla Structures opens a command prompt when you add a component. Do not close the prompt window, because it displays information on adding the component. This information can be useful in problem situations.

  1. Click the Applications & components button in the side pane to open the Applications & components cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

    For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.


    You can also press Ctrl + F.

  2. Select a component and do one of the following:
    To Do this
    Add a connection

    1. Select the main part.

    2. Select the secondary part or parts.

    • If there is one secondary part, the connection is automatically created when you select the secondary part.
    • If there are several secondary parts, click the middle mouse button to finish selecting the parts and to create the connection.

    In the example image below, the numbers from 1 to 4 show the selection order of parts. The blue parts should already exist in the model before you create the component.

    Add a detail

    1. Select the main part.

    2. Pick a position in the main part to determine the location of the detail.

    Add a detailing component

    Pick one to three positions to determine the location of the objects that the detailing component creates.

Component status

When you have added the component, Tekla Structures shows the component status using the symbols shown in the table below. Double-click the symbol to open the component properties.

Color Status

The green symbol shows that the component was created successfully.

The detailing component symbol in the model is.

The yellow symbol shows that the component was created, but has problems.

This often occurs when bolts or holes have an edge distance that is less than the default value.

The red symbol shows that the component was not created.

Common reasons are that the properties are incorrect or that the up direction is not appropriate.

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