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Snap to lines

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

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Snap to lines

Snap to lines

You can snap to lines when you model objects that should be lined up with an existing object or a grid linesingle line that visualizes a single grid plane on a view plane

, or you can snap to the extension lines of nearby objects.

Snap to a line

  1. Ensure that theSnap to line snap switch is active.
  2. Run a command that requires you to pick two or more points.

    For example, start creating a beam. When you move the mouse pointer over a nearby object, Tekla Structures automatically picks both ends of the line. The yellow arrow symbol indicates the direction of the points.

  3. To switch direction, move the mouse pointer closer to the opposite end of the line.
  4. Click the left mouse button to confirm the snap position.

    Tekla Structures creates the object. For example:

Snap to extension lines

You can snap to the extension lines of nearby objects. This can be useful, for example, when you want to align objects with one another.

  1. Ensure that the correct snap switches are active:
    • Switch onSnap to extension lines.
    • Switch on eitherSnap to intersection points orSnap to nearest points (points on line) if you are snapping to the intersection of an extension line(1) temporary line in a model that can be used for aligning objects with each other

      (1) Extension lines can be used when snapping or creating points.

      (2) line in a drawing that is perpendicular to a dimension line and that connects the dimension line to the building object

      and a grid line.
    • Switch offSnap to end points if you are working in 3D.
  2. Run a command that requires you to pick points.

    For example, start creating a 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.

    or slabplate that represents a concrete structure

    In Tekla Structures, a slab is created by picking three or more points.

    Slab may be part of a floor, for example.


  3. Move the mouse pointer close to nearby objects to see the extension lines.

    When a line is found, you can move the pointer further away while keeping the snap.

  4. Pick the rest of the points.

    Tekla Structures creates the object:

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