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2018i Table of Contents


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

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Category : Drawing Properties

You define the location of the drawing template library by setting this advanced option to point to 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.

that contains the template drawings

This advanced option is model specific and the setting is saved in the options databasedatabase file that contains the settings of model-specific general settings and advanced options

There are two options databases, the model options database (options_model.db) and the drawing options database (options_drawings.db).




(where CloningTemplate is the model name).

To use the a cloning templatemaster drawing where an existing drawing is used to copy the drawing settings for a new drawing

The new drawing has the same drawing settings as the original drawing.

The user creates a cloning template of a drawing typically after extensive manual modifications have been made in the drawing, in order to achieve the same appearance and contents in new drawings.

In the master drawing catalog, it is possible to create single-part, assembly, and cast unit drawings using cloning templates. It is also possible to add new cloning templates to the master drawing catalog from the document manager.

library and the cloning template:

  1. Open the user.ini file located in the folder ..\Tekla Structures\<version>\nt\bin in a text editor.

  2. Set the advanced option XS_DRAWING_TEMPLATES_LIBRARY to point to the model folder that contains the cloning templates (template library):


    For example:

    set XS_DRAWING_TEMPLATES_LIBRARY=C:\TeklaStructuresModels\CloningTemplate

    (where CloningTemplate is the model name).

  3. To open the Clone Drawing dialog box, click Clone in Document manager.

  4. Use the Objects and actions in cloning options to define the drawing objects to be cloned and the actions for each cloned object.

  5. Select the Clone from > Other model option. You can see that the CloningTemplate folder is displayed in the box.

  6. Click the Select template... button.

  7. In the Drawing Templates dialog box, select the cloning template.

  8. Leave the list open and clone(performed by Tekla Structures) to create a new drawing by using a cloning template

    Cloning aims at using the drawing properties, view properties, and object properties from the cloning template in a new drawing.

    Drawings can be cloned from the current model or another model.

    Cloned drawings need some manual checking.

    the drawing by clicking Clone selected.

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