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Drawing layout

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

Software version: 
2017i

Drawing layout

Drawing layout

A 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.

defines which drawing tables to include in the drawing. You can create new layouts through the Layout dialog box, where you can also define the included tables, the margins and spaces, and the set of rules for increasing the drawing size when necessary. With another applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation

, Layout editor , you can customize the existing drawing layouts. Tekla Structures has several predefined drawing layouts. Each drawing type; assembly, single-part, cast unit, general arrangement, and multidrawingdrawing that gathers together several drawings on one sheet

The individual drawings in a multidrawing may be of any drawing type.

, has its own layouts. You can also create customized layouts.

Defining layouts through the Layout dialog box

The layout connects a set of drawing table layouts to drawing sizes. Tekla Structures selects the smallest defined drawing size that will fit the drawing views and the connected table layoutplan that defines the selection, placing, and scale of tables in a drawing

. This tells Tekla Structures which elements to include in the drawing automatically.

Each drawing layout has its own:

  • Table layouts

  • Fixed drawing sizes

  • Calculated drawing sizes

Using different layouts you can, for example, set assembly drawings to use A1 and A2 size drawing sheets, and single-part drawings to use A3 and A4 sheets. Another example is that you may want to include a material list in assembly drawings, but not in general arrangement drawings.

Tekla Structures saves the new layouts you create in separate files with the file name extension .lay. The layout files are located in the \attributes folder in the model folderfolder that is used for storing files associated with a model

Tekla Structures stores all files associated with a model in a folder it creates with the same name as the model database (.db1).

In multi-user mode all users access the same model folder.

. You can copy them to project or firm folders defined by advanced optionssettings used to customize Tekla Structures for specific companies, standards, users, or user groups

In Tekla Structures, advanced options are settings that are used, for example, in a specific project or geographical area, or by a specific company.

In Tekla Structures, advanced options usually begin with the initials XS and are followed by the name of the function, for example XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR.

XS_FIRM and XS_PROJECT.

Direct layout editing in Layout editor

The layout of a drawing can be edited directly on a drawing in the Layout editor. In the layout editortool that enables editing the table layout directly on a drawing

In the layout editor, it is possible select which tables are included in the table layout and where they are placed. The table scale, and rotation and overlapping with drawing views can be adjusted.

mode, you can select which tables you want to include in the layout and where to place the tables. You can also adjust the table scale, and rotation and overlapping with views.

Direct layout editing vs layout creation and editing through the old Layout dialog box

The Layout editor is mainly meant for customizing existing table layouts directly, quickly and easily. The old drawing Layout dialog box and layout editing functionality is still available, and more advanced layout editing still needs to be done through the Layout dialog box. Note that:

  • Fixed sizes and calculated sizes mapping is available through the old Layout dialog box only.
  • View placement set-up: Margins and spaces can be set through the old Layout dialog box only.
  • In Layout editor , you can only create new table layouts by modifying existing table layouts and saving them with a new name. You cannot create a drawing layout from scratch, you always need to have an existing layout to start with. However, you can edit a drawing layout that only has a name and no table layouts defined. You can create new layouts from scratch through the old Layout dialog box only.
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Find out what a table layout is and what it may contain. You can access the table layouts through the Layout dialog box.

Table layouts

Find out what the tables in the table layout are and what kind of things you can include in the tables

Tables in drawing layout

Define a new drawing layout consisting of the table layout, including tables through the Layout dialog box

Create a new drawing layout, add table layouts and tables

Find out the things to consider when you replace a table with another one in a table layout using the Layout dialog box

Modify drawing table layouts through Layout dialog box

Define where the tables are located in the table layout using the Layout dialog box

Modify drawing table layouts through Layout dialog box

Add key plans in a table layout through the Layout dialog box

Modify drawing table layouts through Layout dialog box

Add DWG/DXF files in a table layout through the Layout dialog box

Modify drawing table layouts through Layout dialog box

Modify tables in Template Editor

Edit tables in Template Editor

Change the drawing layout

Select a new layout for your drawing

Check the drawing layout properties

Layout properties

Add frames and fold marks in a drawing

Add frames and fold marks in printouts

Add a Tekla Structures label in the drawing layout

XS_​PRODUCT_​IDENTIFIER

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