Create views in drawings

Last updated November 7, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2019i

Create views in drawings

Create views in drawings

After creating a drawing, you can manually add more views.

You can create the following types of views in an existing drawing:

  • Section views
  • Curved section views
  • Detail views
  • Front, top, back, bottom views of parts
  • 3 D views of parts
  • Drawing views of an entire model viewview that is represented in the modeling mode

    Model view is available also in the drawing mode and it is represented in its own window.

  • Drawing views of selected areas in a model view
  • Drawing views of selected areas in a drawing viewview that includes selected model objects or an area in the model, that is represented in a drawing

    A drawing view is a container for model and drawing objects.

    A drawing can include several drawing views, which usually are two-dimensional views, plane views, to the model.

    Examples of drawing views in Tekla Structures include main views, section views, single-part views, and 3D views.

Create a section view

You can create section views of the parts in a drawing view in an open drawing that contains at least one view.

  1. Set the section markuser-created symbol that includes a set of mark elements, identifies a section, and is displayed in the source view

    properties first: On the Drawing tab, click Properties > Section mark .
  2. Modify the cutting linestraight line that is defined by picking two points and used for shaping the part or a rebar set

    , section mark, and section viewdrawing view that shows a selected area as a cross section

    A section view can be created of the parts in a drawing view. A section view can be created manually or automatically.

    label properties in Section symbol properties , and click OK or Apply.
    For more information, see Modify section mark, view label and cutting line in drawings and Define view labels and view label marks.
  3. Next, set the section view properties: Hold down Shift and on the Views tab, click Section view.
  4. Modify the view properties as required, and click OK or Apply. For more information, see View properties in drawings.
  5. Pick two points to define the position of the section plane.

    It is easier to pick the points if you activate orthogonalview projection that displays objects in right-angles projection

    In orthogonal model view the size of the objects is the same despite of their distance to the viewing point and the zoom remains on part faces.

    snapping: On the File menu, click Settings and select Ortho or press O.

    For beams, you can also try picking the top line of the beam and then the bottom line of the beam using the 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.

    Snap to perpendicular points.

  6. Pick two points to define the direction of the cut box and the section view depththickness of a slice of the model defined starting from, and perpendicular to, the view plane

    .

    When you pick the cut box, exaggerate a little. You can adjust the view depth and the view boundarydashed frame inside a drawing view

    Drawing view boundary can be used when cropping the contents of a drawing view. For example, it is possible to resize drawing views so that there is no unnecessary empty space in them, or to show just a specific part of the drawing view contents.

    also later on.

    The direction of the section is the direction where the section mark arrows are pointing.

  7. Pick the position for the section view.

    A view symbol follows the mouse pointer allowing you to see where you are about to place the section view.

    The depth to the opposite direction is zero (0).

    Tekla Structures creates the section view using the current propertiesproperties related to an object type and applied to new objects of this type

    In Tekla Structures, properties related to an object type are activated in the property pane or in the dialog box.

    in the View Properties and Section symbol properties dialog boxes and adds a section mark in the original view. You can change the properties after creating the view. For more information about modifying the view properties, see Modify drawing view properties.

    Tip:
    • The view boundary of the created section view remains selected, and you can adjust the depth and the height of the view boundary by dragging it.

    • If necessary, change the view scale of the section view: Double-click the view frame, clear all other selections using the toggle switch at the bottom, select only the Scale option, and adjust the scale.

    • If you want to create another view, start the Section view command again.

(1) The first two picked points indicate the position of the section plane.

(2) The third picked point indicates the direction of the cut box and the depth of the section view. Here you can exaggerate a little.

(3) The fourth pick finalizes the cut box.

(4) A view symbol follows the mouse pointer while you are placing the section view. The section view is placed in the selected location. The section view remains selected and the view boundary highlighted right after the view creation.

The section mark is drawn in the original view. The view boundary of the section view is also highlighted in the original view right after the view creation.

Create a curved section view

You can create a curved section viewsection view that is created based on a curved view plane

of an existing drawing view. This tool is useful when you want to visualize an unfolded face of a building or to manage cladding.

  1. Open a drawing.
  2. Set the section mark properties first: On the Drawing tab, click Properties > Section mark .
  3. Modify the cutting line, section mark, and section view labelassociative annotation object that is displayed in an individual drawing view and that includes information about the view

    properties, and OK or Apply.
    For more information, see Modify section mark, view label and cutting line in drawings and Define view labels and view label marks.
  4. Set the section view properties: Hold down Shift and on the Views tab, click Curved section view.
  5. Modify the view properties as required, and click OK or Apply. For more information, see View properties in drawings.
  6. Pick three points on the cut planeplane whose position is defined by a cut surface

    .
  7. Pick two points to indicate the cut box.
  8. Pick a point to indicate the location of the curved section view.

    A symbol follows the cursor allowing you to see where you are about to place the curved section view.

Tekla Structures creates the curved section view using the current properties in the View Properties and Section Mark Properties dialog boxes and adds a section mark in the original view. You can change the properties after creating the view.

Create a detail view

You can create a detail viewdrawing view that is created from an existing drawing view and that shows a selected area of that view in the same viewing direction

Detail view is usually in a larger scale than the source view.

The view plane of the detail view is the same as the view plane of the source view.

from a selected area in an existing drawing view in another view. The scale of the detail view is by default the same as that of the main viewdrawing view that shows all parts in an assembly, cast unit, or single-part drawing from the selected viewing direction

Main view can be front view, top view, back view, or bottom view. The user can create several main views.

, but in some environments the detail view is scaled up. The direction of the detail view is the same as that of the original view. Before creating the detail view label and detail markuser-created symbol that includes a set of mark elements, identifies the point of creation of the detail view, and is displayed in the source view

define a start numberfirst number of a numbering series

or letter in the drawing properties.

  1. Open a drawing.
  2. Set the detail mark properties first: On the Drawing tab, click Properties > Detail mark .
  3. Enter a name for the detail, and modify the detail view label, detail boundary and detail mark properties in Detail symbol properties.

    The shape of the detail boundary you select affects the way you select the area for your detail. For more information about the properties, see Modify detail mark, view label and mark boundary properties in drawings.

    To change the detail symbol to a custom symbol, use the advanced option XS_DETAIL_MARK_REFERENCE_SYMBOL.

  4. Click OK or Apply.
  5. Next, set the view properties: Hold down Shift and, on the Views tab, click Detail view.
  6. Modify the view properties as required. For more information, see View properties in drawings.
  7. Click OK or Apply.
  8. Depending on the selected detail boundary shape, do one of the following:
    • If the shape is Circle , pick the center point of the circle and then pick a point on the circle.

    • If the shape is Rectangle , pick corner points for the rectangle.

  9. Pick a position for the detail mark.
  10. Pick a position for the detail view.

Tekla Structures creates the detail view using the current properties in View Properties and Detail symbol properties. The detail view takes the view depth from the original view even if you try to change it. You can change the properties after creating the view.

(1) Detail boundary is set to Circle. You can increase or decrease the detail symbol size by dragging the handle on the detail boundary.

(2) Detail mark

(3) Detail view

(4) Detail view label

Define a start number or letter for detail view label and mark

  1. Double-click an open drawing.
  2. Click the check box toggle selection button at the bottom of the dialog box, and select only the check box next to Detail view.
  3. Click Detail view.
  4. Enter the start number or letter.
  5. Click Modify.

Create additional drawing views of parts

You can create additional views of a part within a single-part, cast unit or assembly drawingdrawing that shows fabrication information for a basic or a nested assembly, including bolts and welds, and that is generally used at the workshop

Assembly drawings show how parts are located in an assembly. They contain the parts of the assembly presented in one or more views.

. You can select the part plane (front, top, back, bottom) to use or create a 3 D view of the part.

  1. Open a drawing.
  2. On the Views tab, click View of part and select one of the following:
    • Front
    • Top
    • Back
    • Bottom
    • 3D view

    Tekla Structures creates the view using the current properties in View Properties. If a plane already has a view in the drawing, a new one is not created.

  3. Double-click the frame of the new view to open View Properties and modify the properties as required.

    For example, for 3D views, you may want to modify the view angle.

    For more information, see View properties in drawings.

  4. Click Modify.

Example

In the example below, the drawing originally contained only 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.

. A 3D viewview that displays objects three-dimensionally

3D view is one of the default views.

and a top viewdefault view that is created using the part’s or component’s coordinate system and that shows the part or component from the top direction

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

were added. The angle of the 3D view was modified in View Properties.

Create a drawing view of an entire model view

You can create a drawing view of an entire model view and add it in a drawing.

  1. Open a drawing.
  2. Open the model view list: On the Views tab, click Model views > Model view list , and leave the list open.
  3. Set the drawing view properties: Hold down Shift , and on the Views tab, click Entire model view.

    For more information about view properties, see View properties in drawings.

  4. Modify the view properties, for example the view scale, and click OK or Apply.
  5. Open a model view from the model view list.
  6. Click the open model view.

Tekla Structures creates the drawing view using the current properties in the View Properties dialog box. It calculates the boundaries of the view to fit the entire model view into the drawing view, and places the view in the drawing.

Create a drawing view of a selected area in a model view

You can create a drawing view of a selected area in the model, and add it in a drawing.

  1. Open a drawing.
  2. Open a model view list: On the Views tab, click Model views > Model view list , and leave the list open.
  3. Set the drawing view properties: Hold down Shift and on the Views tab, click Area in model view.

    For more information, see View properties in drawings.

  4. Modify the drawing view properties as required, and click OK or Apply.
  5. Open a model view from the model view list.
  6. Pick two corners in the model to define the X and Y dimensions of the drawing view.

    The X and Y directions use the coordinate system of the model view. The view depth of the drawing view is the same as the depth of the model view.

Tekla Structures creates the drawing view using the current properties in the View Properties dialog box and places the view in the current drawing.

Create a drawing view of a selected area in a drawing view

You can create a new drawing view of an area in an existing drawing view.

To create a new drawing view of an area in the existing drawing view:

  1. Open a drawing.
  2. Hold down Shift and on the Views tab, click Area in drawing view.
  3. You can modify the view label color.

    Other view properties are inherited from the original drawing view. For more information about drawing view properties, see View properties in drawings.

  4. Click OK or Apply.
  5. Select an area in the drawing view to be added in the new view.
  6. Select a location for the new view.

    A symbol representing the view that you are about to place follows the mouse pointer, so it is easier for you to see where to place the view.

Tekla Structures creates the drawing view using the view properties of the original view.

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