Material Code Manager

Last updated November 20, 2017 by Developer TIN

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Material Code Manager

The Material Code Manager allows user to apply material codes to part UDA’s based on it’s profile.

How to Locate

After installation, ‘Material Code Manager’ icon can be seen in the componet cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.


Dialog box



Click the icon in component catalogcatalog that contains all system components and custom components, and the macros and applications

You can click full model option or Selected Items option and click load button to load list of available different profiles in whole model or selected list of members. And it will also fill the Material code automatically if available in MaterialCodeMap.txt file from Environments/Common/System folder.
For profiles which are not available in this file material code field is left empty and you can add these manually in 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

window itself. There is option to save these added fields in separate file in 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.

itself, just select these rows using mark column and click on save button it will create local MaterialCodeMap.txt file in model folder which will then be referred by application.

After this you can write the Material code to specified UDAobject property created by the user in order to widen the range of predefined object properties

User-defined attributes are used when the predefined object properties are not sufficient but more properties are needed. For example, comment, locked, and erection status are user-defined attributes.

or Finish Attribute of the profile.

Apply Button applies the Material code to the appropriate profile

Clear Button Clears the Material code from the profiles

Note: Plates are handled by thickness irrespective of Contour Platepart whose outline form the user defines by picking three or more points

The user can define the shape of the contour plate parallel to the work plane. The profile in use defines the thickness. The corners of the contour plate can be chamfered.

or Beam Plate(1) part that represents a flat structure

(1) In some contexts, for example in analysis, the term plate object may be used to refer to plates.

(2) plate that represents a steel structure

(2) Plate is mainly used as a connection piece or as a floor plate.

and is listed as PLATE_xx in the gridmodeling aid that represents a three-dimensional complex of intersecting grid planes or intersecting grid planes and curved grid surfaces

The grid is defined by coordinates in 3D space. It is shown two-dimensionally on the view plane by dash-and-dot lines. A grid can be rectangular or radial.

It is possible to have more than one grid in a model. For example, a large-scale grid for the entire structure, and smaller grids for some detailed sections.

It is also possible to show grids and grid line labels in drawings, and to modify how they are shown in the drawings.

E.g. PLATE_20 for 20 thick.
While configuring the MaterialCodeMap.txt file use PLATE_xx format for plates.

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