New plate type for bent plates: stand-alone bent plate

Last updated March 21, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance

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New plate type for bent plates: stand-alone bent plate

New plate type for bent plates: stand-alone bent plate

You can now create stand-alone bent plates that do not require any input parts. Use stand-alone bent plates to model both cylindrical and conical parts, such as hoods, hoppers, cones, and so on.

Before you start to create stand-alone bent plates, ensure thatDirect modification is switched on.

  1. On the Steel tab, click Plate > Create stand-alone bent plate .
  2. Define the first radius of the bend:
    1. Pick the center point.
    2. Pick the start point for the arc.
    3. Pick the end point for the arc.

    The picking order defines the up directionconnection or detail property that indicates how the created connection is rotated around the component secondary part, or the created detail around the component main part, relative to the current work plane

    The up direction options are +x, -x, +y, -y, +z, -z, and auto.

    . For example, if you create an arc on the xy plane in the counterclockwise direction, the up direction points to the positive z axis, according to the right-hand rule.

  3. Pick a point to define the height of the bend.

    Alternatively, you can enter the height in the bent plate(1) part that is created from contour plates, or beams whose profile is a plate

    (1) Bent plates can include conical or cylindrical sections.

    (1) Curved beams, spiral beams, or deformed parts cannot be used for creating a bent plate.

    (2) component object that represents an angle that is bent from a plate and that connects parts

    contextual toolbarfloating toolbar that contains commands for modifying the most common object properties

    The user can customize the contextual toolbar.


  4. Define the second radius of the bend:
    1. Pick a point based on the preview of the 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.

    2. If you want to change the direction of the plate after you have picked a point, click the left mouse button.

      Alternatively, if you want to create a cylindrical bend, click the middle mouse button. In this case radius1=radius2.

  5. To complete the bent plate creation, click the middle mouse button.

Modify the shape of a stand-alone bent plateplate that is created by picking points and whose shape is conical or cylindrical

Use direct modificationfunction that activates the mode where the model objects can be modified by using handles

Direct modification enables additional handles and modification options.

dimension values and handles to modify the bent plate shape.

  • You can change the angle, radiuses and height of the bend by entering new dimension values.

  • You can drag and stretch the edges of the bent plate.

  • You can add and delete intermediate points.

  • You can create unfolded drawings of the stand-alone bent plates.


  • Tekla Structures does not support full 360 degree stand-alone bent plates. However, you can create 359 degree plates instead.
  • Use the local coordinate systemcoordinate system that reflects the current work plane or drawing view plane

    The local coordinate system is represented in a model by a symbol with three axes (x, y, and z). This symbol indicates the direction of the model. It is located in the lower right corner of the model view.

    In a drawing, the local coordinate system symbol has two axes.

    in drawing creation.
  • Unfolded drawings of less than 180 degree conical bent plates work correctly. However, with more than 180 degree conical bent plates there might be some unexpected results in the drawing creation.

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