Add or move a custom part in the model

Last updated September 10, 2018 by Tekla User Assistance

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Add or move a custom part in the model

Add or move a custom part in the model

Use the direct modificationfunction that activates the mode where the model objects can be modified by using handles

Direct modification enables additional handles and modification options.

handles and dimensions when you add or move custom parts. If you are unable to select custom parts in the model, ensure that the Select components selection switchswitch used for controlling which object types can be selected

is active.


This method cannot be used when adding custom parts to surfaces that have cuts or edge chamfers. You need to hide the cutting parts and edge chamfer objects from the view before you add custom parts on cut or chamfered surfaces using direct modification.

We do not recommend using this method with custom parts that are parametric, and in which the input points define the dimensions of the custom partcomponent for creating a part that cannot be created by using any existing part command or part profile

Typically, custom parts are used to create parts that have a complex composition. For example, castellated beams and sandwich panels are often created as custom parts.

. The preview is simplified, based on the default custom part dimensions, and snapping has a different focus than usually.

  1. Ensure thatDirect modification is switched on.
  2. 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.


  3. In the catalog, select the custom part you want to add.
  4. Move the mouse pointer over part faces and edges in the model, and see how the custom part turns over and adjusts to the part faces.

    If you are adding the custom part to another part, Tekla Structures shows location dimensions from the first input pointpoint that the user picks when creating a component

    of the custom part to the nearest part faces.

    If you are adding a custom part that has only one input point, press Tab to rotate it in 90-degree steps around the work planeplane that the user has chosen in a model and that is currently active for working on in a model view

    Newly created, copied, or moved model objects comply with the work plane. For example, shifting the work plane to follow a sloped plane makes it easier to model sloped structures.

    Y axis.

  5. Depending on the number of custom part input points, pick one or two points to place the custom part in the model.

    Tekla Structures shows the coordinate axes, rotation handles, and location dimensions that you can use to fine-tune the location and rotation of the custom part. The handles are red, green, and blue, according to the local coordinate systemcoordinate system that reflects the current work plane or drawing view plane

    The local coordinate system is represented in a model by a symbol with three axes (x, y, and z). This symbol indicates the direction of the model. It is located in the lower right corner of the model view.

    In a drawing, the local coordinate system symbol has two axes.

    of the custom part.

  6. Click the middle mouse button to confirm the location and rotation.

    Tekla Structures adds the custom part to the model.

  7. To move the custom part along any of its coordinate axes, drag the relevant axis handle to a new location.

  8. To rotate the custom part around any of its coordinate axes, drag the relevant rotation handle to a new location.

    Press Tab to rotate the custom part in 90-degree steps in the direction of the selected rotation handle.

  9. To move or rotate the custom part by specifying a distance or angle:
    1. Select an axis handle, a rotation handle, or a dimension arrowhead.
    2. Type the value by which you want the dimension to change.

      When you start typing, Tekla Structures displays the Enter a Numeric Location dialog box.

    3. Click OK to confirm the new dimension.
  10. To stop modifying, press Esc.

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