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Snapping aids

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

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Snapping aids

Snapping aids

In addition to the snap switches and the numeric snapping, you can use some additional methods that help you to pick the correct positions when snapping.

Create a temporary reference point

You can create a temporary reference pointpoint that Tekla Structures creates when the user creates a model object, the point being visualized as a handle

The reference points follow the model object if it is moved. They are only deleted if the related model object is deleted.

Reference points can be selected as snap points in a snap switch.

to be used as a local origin when snapping in models and drawings. Temporary reference points can be used in combination with other snapping tools, such as snap switches and orthogonal snapping.

  1. Run a command that requires you to pick points.

    For example, start creating a beam.

  2. Pick the start point.

  3. Hold down the Ctrl key and pick a position.

    A green cross indicates that this position is now a temporary reference point.

  4. Repeat step 3 to create as many reference points as needed.
  5. Release the Ctrl key and pick the end point.

    Tekla Structures creates the object between the start point and the end point. For example:

Lock X, Y, or Z coordinate on a line

You can lockto prevent unwanted action in a model or a drawing

It is possible to lock model objects, reference models, and drawings, for example.

the x, y, and z coordinates on a line. This is useful when you need to determine a point to pick and the needed point does not exist on the line. When a coordinate is locked, you can only snap to points in that direction.

  1. Run a command that requires you to pick positions.

    For example, start creating a beam.

  2. Lock a coordinate:
    • To lock the x coordinate, press X.
    • To lock the y coordinate, press Y.
    • To lock the z coordinate, press Z.

    Now you can only snap to points in the chosen direction.

  3. To unlock the coordinate, press the same letter ( X , Y , or Z ) again.

Align objects using a snap grid

A snap gridarea covered with regularly spaced snap points

makes it easier to align objects in a model, because it allows you to snap to positions only at set intervals. Use a snap gridmodeling aid that represents a three-dimensional complex of horizontal and vertical planes

In Tekla Structures, grids are used as an aid in locating objects in a model. The grid is shown on the view plane by dash-and-dot lines. It is also possible to show grids and grid line labels in drawings, and to modify grid properties in the drawings.

It is possible to have more than one grid in a model. For example, a large-scale grid for the entire structure, and smaller grids for some detailed sections.

when you pick points using theSnap to any position snap switch.

  1. On the File menu, click Settings > Snap settings.
  2. Define the grid spacing intervals in the Spacing boxes.

    For example, if the spacing of the x coordinate is 500, you are able to snap to positions at intervals of 500 units in the x direction.

  3. If needed, define offsets for the snap grid origin in the Origin boxes.
  4. To activate the snap grid, select the Active (when free snap is on) check box.
  5. Click OK.

    Now when you pick points using theSnap to any position snap switchswitch used for controlling what kind of points Tekla Structures snaps to

    The user needs to activate snap switches to be able to pick different points, for example, line ends and intersections.

    Snap switches help the user to pick points in order to position model objects precisely without having to know the coordinates or create additional lines or points.

    , you can only snap to positions at set intervals. The snap grid itself is invisible in the model.

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