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Draw sketch objects in drawings

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

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Draw sketch objects in drawings

Draw sketch objects in drawings

You can create lines, single continuous lines, pattern lines, polygons, polylines, rectangles, circles, arcs, clouds and cover-up rectangles, lines, polygons and polylines in an open drawing using sketching tools.

  1. Hold down Shift , and on the Drawing tab, click one of the following commands to modify the object propertiesproperties associated with an object type

    Usually a single object property includes a default value that the user can modify.

    first:

    • Line > Draw line : Sketch a single line between two points you pick.

    • Line > Draw single lines continuously : Create multiple single lines at one go using the current line properties. Press Esc to interrupt. Tekla Structures creates a continuous line as separate line sections. You can combine the sections into one by using the Combine command.

      Note that for the continuous single line tool, you cannot open the properties dialog box before creating the line by holding down

      Shift and clicking the command on the ribbon. You can change the properties of a continuous line through the properties of a normal single line.

    • Line > Draw pattern line : Sketch a line containing a pattern that you select using the current Pattern line properties.

      Tip: If you need a new pattern , use the Pattern line editor to create it ( File > Editors > Pattern line editor ).

    • Draw rectangle : Sketch a rectangle between points you pick. You can create rectangles with horizontal and vertical sides.
      • You can change the size of the rectangle by dragging the handles.
      • You can explode rectangles into single lines.
      • To rotate the rectangle, click Move > Rotate on the Drawing tab.
    • Draw circle by center and radius : Sketch a circle by picking the center point first and then a point on the circle that specifies the radius.

    • Draw circle by three points : Sketch a circle that traverses the three points you pick, either clockwise or counter-clockwise.

    • Draw arc by end points and center : Sketch an arc by specifying two end points first and then a center point. The center point specifies the center of the circle of which the arc is a part.

    • Draw arc by three points : Sketch an arc that traverses the three points you pick, either clockwise or counter-clockwise.

    • Draw polyline : Sketch a line with straight segments using the current polyline properties. Remember to set the Bulge for all lines factor if you are creating curved polylines.

      • While sketching a polyline, you can:
        • snap to temporary graphical points and set them as reference points by holding down Ctrl and clicking a point on the temporary line.
        • set multiple reference points using DWG objects and Tekla Structures building objects.
        • delete a reference pointpoint that Tekla Structures creates when the user creates a model object, the point being visualized as a handle

          The reference points follow the model object if it is moved. They are only deleted if the related model object is deleted.

          Reference points can be selected as snap points in a snap switch.

          by holding down Ctrl and clicking the point.
        • create a polygon by clicking the start point of the polyline.
      • You can delete the selected corner point by right-clicking and selecting Delete.
      • You can add handles by dragging a handle point on the polyline. You can change the shape of the polyline by dragging the handles.
      • You can explode a polyline into separate straight lines, and combine polylines into closed polygons.

    • Draw polygon : Sketch a polygon by picking the corner points using the current polygon properties. To close the polygon, pick the start point again or click the middle mouse button.

      • While sketching a polygon, you can:
        • snap to temporary graphical points and set them as reference points by holding down Ctrl and clicking a point on the temporary line.
        • set multiple reference points using DWG objects and Tekla Structures building objects.
        • delete a reference point by holding down Ctrl and clicking the point.
      • You can delete the selected corner point by right-clicking and selecting Delete.
      • You can add handles by dragging a handle point on the polygon. You can change the shape of the polygon by dragging the handles.
      • You can explode polygons into single lines.
    • Draw cloud : Sketch a cloud that traverses the points you pick. Close the cloud by clicking the middle mouse button. Remember to set the Bulge for all lines factor for the clouds.

    • Draw cover-up rectangle : Quickly hide model objectobject that is represented in a model

      A model object is either created in a model or imported into it.

      outlines in drawings. To use, select the command and sketch a non-transparent rectangular area over the model object outline that you want to hide. You can change the size of the rectangle by dragging the handles.

    • Draw cover-up line : Quickly hide model object outlines in drawings. To use, select the command and sketch a non-transparent line over the model object outline that you want to hide.

    • Draw cover-up polygon : Quickly hide model object outlines in drawings. To use, select the command and sketch a non-transparent polygon over the model object outline that you want to hide. You can change the shape of the polygon by dragging the handles.

    • Draw cover-up polyline : Quickly hide model object outlines in drawings. To use, select the command and sketch a non-transparent polyline over the model object outline that you want to hide. You can change the shape of the polyline by dragging the handles. You can also explode a cover-up polyline into separate straight lines, and combine cover-up polylines into closed cover-up polygons.

  2. Click OK or Apply.
  3. Sketch the object by following the instructions on the status bar.

While using sketching tools

  • Object dimensions are shown while you draw the sketch objects, and also when you select the objects.
  • You may want to activate orthogonalview projection that displays objects in right-angles projection

    In model view the size of the objects is the same despite of their distance to the viewing point and the zoom remains on part faces.

    snapping by pressing O while sketching to show ortho angles. You can define snapping steps and custom angles in Drawing snap settings ( File > Settings > Snap settings ).
  • The view scale is taken into account when you copy sketch objects from one view to another, which means that the scale of the object and the related numerical information adjusts to the scale of the target view.

  • Sketch object dimensions take into account dimension settings in drawings in general. This means, for example, that units can be controlled in the same way as for the other dimensions.

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