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Drawings in Tekla Structures

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

Software version: 
2017i

Drawings in Tekla Structures

Drawings in Tekla Structures

Tekla Structures drawings contain a large variety of features and tools that help you to create and manage your drawings efficiently.

  • The model is the single source of information for drawings. The drawing is just another view to the model, usually a 2D viewview that displays objects two-dimensionally

    . This ensures that the information in drawings and reports is always up-to-date.

  • Creating drawings is fast, efficient and controlled thanks to one centralized location, Master drawing catalog.

  • Automatic workshop single-part and assembly drawings, and cast unit drawings of selected parts with predefined settings for layout, views, dimensions, marks, and building objects. View properties are defined separately for each view before a drawing is created.

  • Automatic general arrangement drawings and anchor bolt plans of selected views.

  • Drawing objects are associated with model objects, and updated when the model changes.

  • Changing some of the properties requires the recreation of the drawings.

  • If there are several identical parts, cast units or assemblies in the model, Tekla Structures creates only one drawing.

  • You can modify drawing properties on three levels; drawing, view and object level, depending on the drawing type and the desired results.

  • The drawings consist of three main types of elements: drawing layoutplan of a drawing that includes the table layout and definitions of the sheet size

    Tekla Structures includes several predefined drawing layouts, which are drawing-type specific. The user can also create new drawing layouts.

    , drawing views, and drawing objects. You can select what to include in the drawing before you create it, and also add necessary objects in an existing drawing.

  • You can check previews of the drawings and print your drawings to pdf, printer or plot file.

  • You can control drawing revisions, and issue, lockto prevent unwanted action in a model or a drawing

    It is possible to lock model objects, reference models, and drawings, for example.

    , and freezeto prevent Tekla Structures from updating annotation objects and certain drawing view properties in a drawing when it updates the drawing as the model changes

    When a drawing is frozen, only part geometry is updated when the model changes.

    drawings.

  • You can use interactive editing tools for adding dimensions, various sketch objects, marks, notes, texts, symbols, images and links in the drawings.

To Click the links below to find out more
Check the controls available in drawing mode

Drawing mode in Tekla Structures

Find out how the drawings are integrated to the model and what the integration means

Drawings integrated with models

Find out what drawing associativity means

Drawing associativity

Find out what happens when a drawing needs to be updated

How to keep your drawings up to date?

Learn where you can change the drawing properties and in which order

Different levels of setting up and modifying drawing properties

Find out the cases when a drawing needs to be updated

Settings affecting the recreation of drawings

Find out what the drawing consists of

Drawing layout and views

Find out what kind of objects there are in drawings

Drawing objects

Check the different drawing types available and learn how to create them using different methods

Create drawings in Tekla Structures

Create drawings by cloning, and find out the situations when cloning is the best choice

Clone drawings

Find the drawings that you need using searching and filtering in Drawing List, select drawings, and open drawings

Search for and open drawings

Edit your drawings manually: add objects, modify properties, etc.

Edit drawings

Update drawings when the model changes, lock drawings, freeze drawings, issue drawings, revise drawings, and delete drawings

Manage drawings

Print drawings as PDF files, save them as plot files (.plt) for printing with printer/plotter, or print them on a selected printer

Print drawings

Set up and modify automatic drawing settings

Define automatic drawing settings

Automatic drawing views

Check the available drawing properties and setting

Drawing settings reference

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