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Copy objects using linear array tool

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

Software version: 
2019

Copy objects using linear array tool

Copy objects using linear array tool

Use Linear array tool to copy selected objects linearly along multiple directions at defined intervals or spacing. Tekla Structures does not check for duplicates when you copy objects using this method.

How to use Linear array tool

  1. Click the Applications & components button in the side pane to open the Applications & components cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

    For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.

    .

  2. Search for Linear array tool , and then double-click to open it.
  3. Select the Copy method. The options are:
    • Selected objects only

      This is the default. Only the selected objects are copied.

    • All associated objects

      Selected objects and all objects associated with them are copied. For example, cuts and fittings applied to a part.

    • Advanced

      This option is similar to All associated objects , but works better with modifications. For example, when you have stairs that have posts welded to the steps, and you modify the distance between steps.

  4. Select the Copy origin. The options are:
    • Object to be copied

      This is the default. Copies are relative to the input objects.

    • Origin point

      Copies are relative to the input origin point.

  5. Define the settings.
  6. Select the objects to copy.
  7. Click OK to close the dialog box.
  8. Click the middle mouse button.
  9. Pick origin point.
  10. Pick axis direction X.
  11. Pick axis direction Y.

    The selected objects are copied.

How to define the settings

1

Offset along the Y axis. The default value is 0 mm.

2

Offset along the Z axis. The default value is 0 mm.

3

Number of copies. The default value is 0.

4

Space between copies. The default value is 0 mm.

Use the space character to separate values. Enter a value for each space between copies.

This option is not available if you select Equal as the spacing method.

5

Copy direction. The options are:

  • Normal (default)

    Spacing values are calculated from the origin in positive direction along the axis.

  • Reverse

    Spacing values are calculated from the origin in negative direction along the axis.

  • Centered

    Copies are centered on the origin.

  • Mirror

    Spacing values are calculated from the origin in both positive and negative direction. Mirrored copying doubles the number of copies.

6

Spacing method. The options are:

  • Equal (default)

    Copies are equally spaced based on the length of the X or Y axis.

  • Specified

    Copies are spaced according to the number and spacing values given.

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