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Bind component objects to a plane

Last updated March 12, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2019

Bind component objects to a plane

Bind component objects to a plane

Use distance variables to bind component objects to a plane. Binding keeps the custom componentcomponent that the user creates and uses for creating model objects whose composition the user can modify as a group

at a fixed distance from the plane even if the surrounding objects change. Distance variables automatically get the prefix D (distance), which is shown in the Variables dialog box.

Bind objects automatically

You can bind objects automatically to the main and secondary parts of a connection or detail. The selected objects, or their handles, are bound to existing planes if the objects (or handles) are located exactly on the plane.

Note:

You cannot bind custom parts automatically, because they do not have a 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.

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  1. In the custom component editortool that is used for modifying component that is created by a custom component, and for creating dependencies between component objects and other model objects

    , click the Create distances variables automatically button.
  2. Select an object that has handles.

  3. Click the middle mouse button to bind the object.

    Tekla Structures binds the object from a maximum of three directions to the existing planes.

    Tekla Structures displays a distance symbol for each binding. Select the object to see the bindings.

    The corresponding distance variables are shown in the Variables dialog box:

Bind objects manually

Create the bindings manually if you want to bind a custom component from specific handles only. You can bind an object to a maximum of three planes.

  1. Ensure that Direct modification is switched off.

    The selection of handles is easier when Direct Modification is off.

  2. Ensure that you are using a model viewview that is represented in the modeling mode

    Model view is available also in the drawing mode and it is represented in its own window.

    that shows object faces.

    On the View tab, click Rendering , and use one of the following options:

    • Parts grayscale (Ctrl+3)

    • Parts rendered (Ctrl+4)

  3. In a custom component view, select the custom component to see its handles.

  4. Select the handle that you want to bind to a plane.

  5. In the custom component editor, click the Add fixed distance button. You can also right-click and select Bind to Plane.
  6. Move the mouse pointer in a custom component view to highlight the plane that you want to bind with the handles.

    For example:

    Note:

    If you cannot highlight the correct plane, change the plane type on the Custom component editor toolbar. Boundary and component planes work for most profile types, so try to use them whenever you can.

  7. Click the plane to create the binding.

    Tekla Structures displays a distance symbol for the binding.

    The corresponding distance variablevariable used to bind the model object to the object planes or construction planes

    A distance variable includes a value and a dependency.

    is shown in the Variables dialog box:

Test a binding

Test all bindings to see that they work correctly.

  1. Double-click the binding symbol in a custom component view.

    The Distance Properties dialog box opens.

  2. In the Value box, enter a new value.
  3. Click Modify.

    You should see the binding change in the model.

    Tip:

    Alternatively, you can test the binding in the Variables dialog box:

    1. Enter a new value in the Formula box.
    2. Press Enter.

      You should see the binding change in the model.

Delete a binding

Bindings cannot be modified, but you can delete the existing bindings and then create new ones to rebind the objects.

  1. Select the binding in a custom component view.
  2. Press Delete.

    You can also select the binding in the Variables dialog box and then click the Delete button.

Example: Bind an end plate to a plane

In this example, you will bind the end platecomponent object that represents a plate welded perpendicular to the end of the component secondary part

top to the upper side of the beam.

  1. Ensure that Direct modification is switched off. The selection of end 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.

    handles is easier when Direct Modification is off.
  2. In a custom component view, select the end plate to see the end plate handles.

  3. Select the top handle of the end plate.
  4. Right-click the top handle and select Bind to Plane.
  5. Move the pointer over the upper side of the beam flange to highlight it.

    Here we are using the boundary planeplane whose position is defined by the edge of a bounding box

    type. If the part profile changes, the boundary plane is always found.

    Note:

    If you cannot highlight the desired plane, change the plane type on the Custom component editor toolbar.

  6. Click the upper side of the beam flange.

    A distance symbol appears in the custom component views.

  7. Give a descriptive name for the binding you created:
    1. In the custom component editor, click the Display variables button.

      The Variables dialog box opens.

    2. In the Label in dialog box box, enter Plate Top to Flange Top as the name of the new binding.

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