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Create cuts

Last updated September 10, 2018 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2018i

Create cuts

Create cuts

You can use cuts to shape a part. Do not use cuts to otherwise change the length of a part in the model.

Cut parts with a line

Use line cuts to shape the end of a beam or column. A line cutcut that is defined by a cutting line

cuts the end of a beam on a plane that passes through the points you pick. Tekla Structures displays the cut line using dash-and-dot lines.

  1. On the Edit tab, click Line cut.
  2. Select the part you want to cut.
  3. Pick the first point of the cutting linestraight line that is defined by picking two points and used for shaping the part

    .
  4. Pick the second point of the cutting line.
  5. Pick the side you want to remove.
  6. If you want to modify the cut, use direct modification.

(1) Cuts are displayed using dash-and-dot lines

(2) Cut lines can be hidden

Cut parts with a polygon

A polygon cutcut that is defined by a polygon

cuts a part using a polygonal shape. Tekla Structures displays the cut using dash-and-dot lines.

  1. Press Ctrl+P to switch to the plane viewview that displays objects two-dimensionally

    .
  2. Ensure that the work plane is on the plane you are cutting on.

    For example, if you are creating a polygonal cut on the yz plane, you should temporarily set your 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.

    to the yz plane as well.

  3. On the Edit tab, click Polygon cut.
  4. Select the part you want to cut.
  5. Pick positions to outline the polygon to be used for cutting.

    Define the polygon so that there is some tolerancepermissible amount by which the dimensions of a structure may vary from the work size specified

    Tolerance is usually stated as a plus or minus dimension.

    The term ’tolerance’ is used in its general sense in Tekla Structures.

    In a model the term ’tolerance’ should not be used to refer to a gap.

    between the edges. If the edge of a cutting polygon is in exactly the same position as the edge of the part to be cut, it can be unclear whether the edge should be cut away.

  6. Click the middle mouse button to close the polygon and to cut the part.
  7. To modify the cut shape, use direct modification.
  8. If needed, you can modify the cut properties.
    1. Double-click the cut to open the Polygon cut properties.
    2. Change the properties as needed.
    3. Click Modify to apply the changes.

(1) Polygon-shaped cut

(2) Cut lines can be hidden

Note:

Tekla Structures uses the parametric profilepredefined profile whose cross section dimensions the user can change by using parametric variables

BL to create polygonal cuts.

If you are unable to create polygonal cuts, ensure that the BL profile is defined in the profitab.inp file in ..\ProgramData\Tekla Structures\<version>\environments\<environment>\profil as follows:

BL ! PL ! -1 ! ! 1 ! 2 ! ! !

Cut parts with another part

You can cut a part using another part. Tekla Structures displays the cut using dash-and-dot lines. Note that you can cut parts that already have cuts. That can be useful, for example, when you want to create more sophisticated cut shapes.

  1. Create a cutting partbuilding object that creates a part-shaped hollow

    and position it through the part you want to cut.
  2. On the Edit tab, click Part cut.
  3. Select the part you want to cut.
  4. Select the cutting part.

    Tekla Structures cuts the selected main part(1) part that exists in a building object and that determines the position number for the assembly or cast unit and the direction of assembly or cast unit drawings

    (1) Main part can be an assembly main part or a cast unit main part.

    (2) input part that the user selects first when creating a component

    (2) Connections and details always have a component main part.

    . The part cutcut that is defined by a cutting part

    does not affect other parts.

  5. Delete the cutting part.
    1. Ensure that theSelect cuts and added materials selection switch is off.
    2. Select the cutting part and press Delete.
  6. If needed, you can modify the cut properties.
    1. Double-click the cut to open the part cut properties.
    2. Change the properties as needed.
    3. Click Modify to apply the changes.

(1) Cuts are displayed using dash-and-dot lines

(2) Cut lines can be hidden

Note:

Do not create cuts with the same planes or vertices. Otherwise, it may be unclear what should be cut away

Polygon cut properties

Use the Polygon cut properties to view and modify the properties of a polygon cut.

Note that the polygon cut properties are available in the property pane only after a polygon cut has been created and selected. You cannot access or modify the cut properties before the cut is created.

If you have customized the property pane layout, the list of properties may be different.

Setting Description

General

Name

Name of the polygon cut.

Profile

Profile of the polygon cut, by default parametric profile BL.

Material

Material of the polygon cut, by default ANTIMATERIAL.

The cut material cannot be changed.

Class

Use to group polygon cuts.

For example, you can display cuts of different classes in different colors.

Position

At depth

Position depth of the polygon cut.

Custom properties

More

Click the More button to open the user-defined attributes (UDAs) of the cut. UDAs provide more information about the cuts.

Part cut properties

Part cut uses the properties of the cutting part. For example, if the cutting part is steel beam, part cut uses the Steel beam cut properties. The default part cut properties depend on the used cutting part.

Note that the part cut properties are available in the property pane only after a part cut has been created and selected. You cannot access or modify the cut properties before the cut is created.

The following part cut properties are available:

  • Steel beam cut
  • Steel column cut
  • Steel spiral beambeam that follows the form of a helix and is defined by a start point, center point and the rotation axis

    Spiral beams can be concrete spiral beams or steel spiral beams. They can be used to create spiral staircases, complex architectural structures, and concrete parking ramps, for example.

    Spiral beam can rise from the work plane or be flat. If the spiral beam rises, the total rise is defined between the start and the end point.

    cut
  • Steel item cut
  • Concrete beam cut
  • Concrete column cut
  • Concrete panel cut
  • Concrete slabplate that represents a concrete structure

    In Tekla Structures, a slab is created by picking three or more points.

    Slab may be part of a floor, for example.

    cut
  • Concrete spiral beam cut
  • Bent platepart that is created from contour plates, or beams whose profile is a plate

    Curved beams, spiral beams, or deformed parts cannot be used for creating a bent plate.

    component object that represents an angle that is bent from a plate and that connects parts

    cut
  • Pad footingfooting that supports a single point of contact

    Pad footing usually supports one column.

    cut
  • Strip footingfooting that supports several points of contact or a region of points of contact

    Strip footing supports a length of wall or a line of closely spaced columns, for example.

    In Tekla Structures, strip footing has a polygon shape that the user defines by picking points.

    cut
  • Concrete item cut

If needed, you can customize the property pane layouts of part cuts.

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