Create single-part, assembly and cast unit drawings using saved settings in Master Drawing Catalog

Last updated September 10, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Create single-part, assembly and cast unit drawings using saved settings in Master Drawing Catalog

Create single-part, assembly and cast unit drawings using saved settings in Master Drawing Catalog

You can create single-part, cast unit and assembly drawings in Master Drawing Catalog using 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

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Note:
  • Cast units have the 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

    part property setting in the model - they are set either Cast in place or Precast. It is important to use the correct cast unit type, because some features, 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. In the Cast in Place configuration, you can create cast unit drawings of cast-in-place cast units only.

Create single-part, assembly and cast unit drawings

  1. On the Drawings & reports tab, click Create drawings > Master drawing catalog.
  2. Select the desired set of saved settings (drawing properties file) from the list.

    For cast unit drawings, select a 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 has 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. If needed, modify the drawing properties and apply object-level settings. To do this, double-click the saved setting and click Edit drawing properties.... Remember to save your changes in the property filefile that contains properties or settings in the property pane or a dialog box

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

    User-defined attributes can be stored as a property file.

    .
  4. If you are creating a drawing only for selected objects, select the objects.

    You can also use an appropriate selection filterfilter used for defining which object types can be selected

    Selection filter chooses model objects 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.

    and select the whole model. Activate only the Select parts selection switchswitch used for controlling which object types can be selected

    when you select objects, otherwise the selection may take a long time.

  5. Click Create drawings ( Alt+C ) or Create drawings for all parts ( Alt+A ).
  6. Number the model if you are asked to do so.

Tekla Structures creates the drawings and adds them in Document manager. Click the Open drawing list button on the Master Drawing Catalog toolbar to open Document manager.

Note:

If you already have a drawing with the same type and mark, Tekla Structures will not create a new one.

Example: Create cast unit drawings one by one

In this example, you will create a drawing of a cast unit using saved settings called Column_with_BOM.

  1. In the model, right-click the concrete column and select Cast Unit > Set Top in Form Face , and select the cast unit face that will face upwards in the form.

    When you right-click the column and select Cast Unit > Show Top in Form Face , the selected face is shown red, see the image below.

    The top-in-form face will be displayed in the front viewdefault view that is created using the part’s or component’s coordinate system and that shows the part or component from the front direction

    Part’s front view is a view on part plane created of the part’s front plane.

    of a drawing.

  2. Still in the model, double-click the column and select Precast as the Cast unit type.

    It is important to use the correct cast unit type, because some features, for example, numbering, are based on the cast unit type.

  3. On the Drawings & reports tab, click Drawing properties > Cast unit drawing .
  4. In the properties dialog box, load the appropriate predefined drawing properties (saved settings). In this example, Column_with_BOM is loaded.
  5. Ensure that the Column_with_BOM settings contain 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 has 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.

  6. If you made any changes in Column_with_BOM , save the changes and close the dialog box.
  7. Select the column in the model.
  8. On the Drawings & reports tab, click Create drawings > Master drawing catalog.
  9. Set the type to Cast-unit drawings and select the saved settings Column_with_BOM (C).

  10. Click Create drawings.

    Tekla Structures creates the drawing.

    You can open the Document manager by clicking the Open drawing list button on the toolbar and then open the drawing to view it.

Example: Create assembly drawings from groups of similar parts

Creating drawings one by one may take a lot of time. You can automate the creation process a bit more by selecting groups of items and then create the drawings. For example, you can define the needed properties for the beams and then run all the beam drawings at once by using the Tekla Structures model selection filters.

In this example, you are going to use saved settings named Beam_with_BOM and create assembly drawings from all beams.

  1. Define a selection filter that selects only one type of items, in this case beams.
    1. Click the selection filter buttonon the Selecting toolbar or press Ctrl+G to open the Object Group - Selection Filter dialog box.
    2. Create a selection filter that selects all parts named BEAM and save it using the name BEAM.

  2. Activate the BEAM filter from the list of selection filters and use area selectionmethod of selecting objects that are included in a certain rectangular area of a model

    In addition to the selected area, selection switches and selection filters control which object types are selected.

    to select all beams in the model.

  3. Open the Master Drawing Catalog : On the Drawings & reports tab, click Create drawings > Master drawing catalog .
  4. Under Assembly drawings , select the saved settings master drawingcollection of properties and drawing settings that are used for creating a new drawing

    . In this example, Beam_with_BOM (A) is selected.
  5. Click Create drawings.

    Tekla Structures creates the beam assembly drawings.

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