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Create a stand-alone bent plate

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

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Create a stand-alone bent plate

Create a stand-alone bent plate

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


  • 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.

In addition to the stand-alone bent plates, you can also create cylindrical and conical bent plates either by selecting two parts or two part faces. The parts that you use for creating a bent plate(1) part that is created from contour plates, or beams whose profile is a plate

(1) Bent plates can be conical or cylindrical.

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

must be contour plates, or beams whose profile is 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.


Create a stand-alone bent plate

  1. Ensure thatDirect modification is switched on.
  2. On the Steel tab, click Plate > Create stand-alone bent plate .
  3. 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.

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

    Alternatively, you can enter the height in the bent plate contextual toolbarfloating toolbar that contains commands for modifying the most common object properties

    The user can customize the contextual toolbar.

    The term mini toolbar is used in Tekla Structures until version 21.1.


  5. Define the second radius of the bend:
    1. Pick a point based on the preview of the 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 the radius 2=radius 1.

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

Modify the shape of a stand-alone bent plate

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.

Modify bent plate properties

  1. If the property panecontrol element in Tekla Structures user interface in the form of a side pane window

    The property pane can be used to show and modify the properties of model objects.

    is not open, double-click the bent plate to open the Bent plate properties.
  2. Change the properties as needed.
  3. Click Modify.

Bent plate properties

Use the Bent plate properties in the property pane to view and modify the properties of a bent plate. To open the properties, double-click the bent plate. The file name extension of a bent plate 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.

is *.bpl.

If you have customized the property pane layout, the list of properties may be different.





User-definable name of the plate.

Tekla Structures uses part names in reports and in Document manager , and to identify parts of the same type.


Profile of the plate.


Material of the plate.


Type of finish.

Finish is user definable. It describes how the part surface has been treated, for example, with anti-corrosive paint, hot galvanized, fire retardant coating, and so on.


Use to group plates.

For example, you can display parts of different classes in different colors.

Numbering series

Part numbering

Part prefix and start number for the part position number.

Assembly numbering

Assembly prefix and start number for the assembly position number.



Click the User-defined attributes button to open the user-defined attributes (UDAs) of the part. UDAs provide additional information about the part.

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