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Examples of parametric variables and variable formulas

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

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Examples of parametric variables and variable formulas

Examples of parametric variables and variable formulas

Here you will find some examples that demonstrate how to use parametric variables and variable formulas to create intelligent custom components that adapt to changes in the model.

The examples are independent from each other.

  • Example: Set the end plate material

    In this example, you will link a parametric variablevariable used to define a value for a parametric property

    A parametric variable does not include a dependency.

    For example, name, material grade, and bolt size are parametric variables.

    to the end platecomponent object that represents a plate welded perpendicular to the end of the component secondary part

    material of a component objectsingle model object that belongs to a component

    Component objects created by a component can be modified separately or as a group.

    .

  • Example: Create new component objects

    In this example, you will create a parametric variable that adds bolts to the custom componentcomponent that the user creates and uses for creating model objects whose composition the user can modify as a group

    .

  • Example: Calculate the bolt group distance

    In this example, you will create a variable formularule stated in a mathematical language

    Formula is part of an equation.

    that calculates the bolt groupgroup of bolts that forms a connecting building object between an assembly main part and secondary parts

    The number of bolts in a bolt group depends on the bolt group shape and the values of bolt distances.

    distance from the beam flange.

  • Example: Calculate the number of handrail posts using a template attribute

    In this example, you will create a variable formula that calculates the number of handrail posts based on the length template attributeattribute in a template object that Tekla Structures uses to calculate and display information from a model database

    Template attributes represent object properties.

    of the beam. The handrail posts were created at both ends of the beam and one of them was copied with the Array of objects (29) component.

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