Create single-part, assembly, or cast unit drawings

Last updated March 12, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance

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Create single-part, assembly, or cast unit drawings

Create single-part, assembly, or cast unit drawings

When you create single-part, assembly or cast-unit drawings, remember to load the closest possible predefined properties in the drawing properties first, then modify the properties if needed, and then create the drawing.

Ensure that you are using the correct cast unit typeproperty of a concrete part in a cast unit that defines if the structure type of the part is precast or cast in place

, because some functionalities, for example numberingprocess of assigning position numbers to parts, cast units, assemblies, or reinforcement

In Tekla Structures, the position numbers assigned in the numbering are shown in marks and templates, for example.

, are based on the cast unit type. Cast units have the cast unit type part property setting in the model - they are set either Cast in place or Precast. In the Cast in Place configuration, you can create cast unit drawings of cast-in-place cast units only.

  1. On the Drawings & reports tab, click Drawing properties and select the drawing type.
  2. In the drawing properties dialog box, load the appropriate predefined drawing properties (saved settingsmaster drawing where the drawing settings are saved in a drawing property file and used when creating a new drawing of a specific drawing type


    Always load predefined properties when you are creating a drawing. When you need to modify drawing properties, save the changes to a new properties file when necessary.

    Ensure that for cast unit drawings, you use a property fileobject type specific file that contains values of properties or settings used in the property pane or a dialog box

    Property files are saved in the current model folder. The user can create and modify property files and copy them to the project or firm folders for future use.

    User-defined attributes related to a specific object type are stored in a separate property file.

    that contains the desired Cast unit definition method :

    • By cast unit position : A drawing will be created from each cast unit. If there are identical cast units, one of them will serve as the base cast unit for the drawing. This is the most common method for creating cast unit drawings.

    • By cast unit ID : Each part in the model includes a unique GUID. You can create drawings by using cast unit GUIDs. The GUID determines the marking of the drawing. You can create several drawings from identical cast units.

  3. Click View creation in the options tree on the left, select the view and the properties that you want to change, and click View properties.

    If you do not have any views defined yet, first add the views and then select the view properties for the views.

  4. If needed, modify the view properties including view, building objectobject that represents something that will exist in the real building or will be closely related to it

    A building object is always created in a model, but it is also represented as a drawing object in a drawing in which its properties can be modified.

    , dimensioning and mark settings and apply detailed object-level settings.
  5. Click Save to save the view properties.
  6. Click Close to return to drawing properties.
  7. Save the drawing properties you loaded earlier.
  8. Click Apply or OK.
  9. Select the objects, or use an appropriate selection filterfilter used for defining which object types can be selected

    Selection filter chooses model objects or objects in drawings according to object properties.

    Selection filters can be standard or user-defined.

    For example, selection filters can be used to select parts for drawings or analysis.

    to select the objects you want to create drawings from and select the entire model.

    Activate only the Select parts switch on the Selecting toolbar when selecting parts. Otherwise selection could take a long time in large models.

  10. Do one of the following:
    • On the Drawings & reports tab, click Drawing properties and select the drawing type.

    • If you selected individual objects, right-click and select the appropriate drawing creation command.

  11. Number the model if you are prompted to do so.

Tekla Structures creates the drawings. The created drawings are listed in the Document manager. If you already have a drawing with the same type and mark, Tekla Structures will not create a new one.


To automatically open any drawing after the drawing has been created, hold down Ctrl+Shift while you create the drawing.

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