Customize the shape catalog

Last updated September 10, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance

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Customize the shape catalog

Customize the shape catalog

The Shape Catalog dialog box contains information on shapes. It is used for viewing shape properties, and for importing and exporting shapes.

The shapes you download from Tekla Warehouseservice for collaboration and for storing and sharing Tekla Structures content

In Tekla Warehouse the content items are stored in collections. Tekla Warehouse includes the Tekla Warehouse Service and the Tekla Warehouse web site.

Tekla Warehouse is one of the Tekla Online services.

or create using existing geometry in the model are also displayed in the Shape Catalog dialog box.

The cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.

includes two default shapes: Default and Concrete_Default. Shapes are used in defining items. In Tekla Structures , items are similar to other parts, such as beams and columns. The main difference between items and other types of parts is that a 3D shape defines the geometry of an item, whereas a part has a 2D profile that is extruded to create the length of the part.

The shapes listed in the shape catalogcatalog that displays information of item shapes

The shapes are downloaded from Tekla Warehouse, are created using existing geometry and parts in the model, or are modeled using software other than Tekla Structures, for example SketchUp.

are stored in the current modelmodel that is active in Tekla Structures

The current model can be a single-user model, a shared model or a working model.

folder. There are two files for each shape: one .xml file stored in the \Shapes folder and one .tez or .xml file in the \ShapeGeometries folder.

If you have shapes that you would like to have available in the Shape Catalog dialog box for all new models that are created in your project or company, copy the corresponding .tez and .xml files to the correct subfolders ( \Shapes and \ShapeGeometries ) in the \profil folder under your project or firm folder.


If your project, company, or environment uses a common location for shapes that are used in several Tekla Structures versions including 2017i and older, use .xml format for shape geometry files. The compressed .tez files do not work in Tekla Structures 2017i or older versions.

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